FDA Safety Alerts

Published as part of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Partnership

 

Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No

There are more theories about teething and "treating" a baby's sore gums than there are teeth in a child's mouth. One thing doctors and other health care professionals agree on is that teething is a normal part of childhood that can be treated without prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

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Topical Acne Products Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects

Certain acne treatments can, in rare instances, cause severe allergic reactions that are potentially life-threatening.

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From FDA: Four Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

Whether you're settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, you should be extra careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines. And if you're caring for older loved ones, you should help them stay safe.

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Sometimes Drugs and the Liver Don't Mix

The liver is a remarkable, if underappreciated, organ. It turns the nutrients in our diets to substances the body can use and converts toxins into harmless substances or makes sure they are removed from the body.

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Goal of Label Changes: Better Prescribing, Safer Use of Opioids

Consumers and health care professionals will soon find updated labeling for extended-release and long-acting opioid pain relievers to help ensure their safe and appropriate use.

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