Saturday October 1st 2022

Press Release: Cough syrup and safety for baby

When their little ones are sick, parents are faced with the tough choice of choosing from dozens of cough and cold formulations – many containing potentially harmful ingredients and severe side effect profiles.

Health authorities are concerned about safety issues surrounding a wide range of medicines traditionally prescribed to babies and young children under two, some containing dangerous ingredients that have been banned in countries such as the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In the UK, five deaths were linked to certain cough and cold medications, which contained promethazine, a respiratory depressant. Several readily-available products in South Africa contain this ingredient, including antihistamines, cough and cold preparations, analgesics and antipyretics.

While no longer sold over-the-counter in the UK, the tragedy prompted South Africa’s Medicines Control Council (MCC) to issue updated prescribing information to health professionals about the ingredient, contra-indicating its use in children under the age of two.

Upper respiratory infections are common in young children and it is still possible to purchase over-the-counter or to be prescribed a medication that may prove harmful.

As a parent, how can you be sure which product is 100% safe and effective for your baby?

Prospan® Cough Syrup is an effective, internationally tried and tested medicine now available in South Africa – and is the leading prescribed product by local paediatricians for coughs.

Completely safe, non-sedating, sugar-free, alcohol-free and colourant free brand it is a mucolytic (thins mucus), bronchospasmolytic (reduces coughing spasms) and cough relieving remedy for the treatment of both wet and dry coughs. Suitable for use in infants, diabetics, pregnant women, the elderly, competitive athletes as well as pilots and people operating heavy machinery, Prospan® is the ideal cough syrup for the whole family.

Rigorous studies show that Prospan® is incredibly safe and well-tolerated in infants from birth.

How does it work?

Prospan® is a powerful triple-action syrup that liquefies thick mucus, opens up constricted airways and calms coughing.

Prospan® deals effectively with the symptoms causing coughing : it facilitates the removal of foreign particles and microbes which cause airway irritation and, by opening breathing passages, reduces coughing spasms.

Troublesome and painful coughing is calmed, but not blocked, which is really important – we need to cough up and get rid of mucus. A cough is simply the body’s way of trying to rid breathing passages of foreign particles, secretions, irritations and microbes.


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