drugs that are toxic in young children

Deaths from Tessalon (benzonatate) are raising questions about drugs that are toxic in young children...even in small doses.

Benzonatate caps are attractive to young children because they look like candy. Caution patients that just 1 or 2 capsules can cause seizures, heart attacks, and coma in kids under age 2.

Alert people about other drugs that can be toxic in toddlers with just 1 or 2 doses, such as Lomotil, clonidine, tricyclics, calcium channel blockers, quinidine, quinine, hydroxychloroquine, or sulfonylureas. Sulfonylureas can also cause brain damage due to hypoglycemia.

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