Cough Syrup Recall: What You Need to Know

Dude. This is not cool even a little bit. Master Herbs, Inc., recalled its Licorice Coughing Liquid on Wednesday because apparently it contains one potent, unlisted ingredient -- morphine. Yeah, that's information that parents want to know before giving their sick kids medicine.


Here are five things you need to know about Master Herbs's cough syrup recall.

1. The company voluntarily pulled all 100 ml bottles of Licorice Coughing Liquid cough syrup from shelves this week. Presumably, its other products are still legit.

2. The California-based company sells its products mainly in Chinese grocery stores in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, and Ohio. If you live in one of those states and tend to go for more natural meds, you might want to check the brands in your medicine cabinet.

3. Morphine is a serious pain reliever that is to be used by prescription only, and the patient must be monitored closely while on it. The drug can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death, if not used properly.

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4. According to the FDA, young children with respiratory illnesses are especially at risk for respiratory depression from the opiates in morphine -- the exact demographic that would take this medicine for a cold. It could also cause life-threatening allergic reactions in some.

5. Thankfully, no one has reported becoming ill due to ingesting the cough syrup. Hopefully it will stay that way. The FDA recommends that consumers contact their health-care provider immediately if they're experiencing negative effects from taking the medicine. If you have any questions, you can contact Master Herbs at 626-319-9915 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, or e-mail the company any time at


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