Tussionex Pennkinetic Extended-Release Suspension, manufactured by UCB Inc, has been linked to serious, life-threatening side effects including breathing difficulties, slowed heart rate, extreme sleepiness, and death. Since its approval in 1987, Tussionex has been linked the deaths of five children under six years of age.
FDA Issues Alert on Tussionex, a Long-Acting Prescription Cough Medicine Containing Hydrocodone
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm is currently accepting Tussionex induced side effects claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has taken Tussionex and now suffer from a severe side effect, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please click here to contact our Dangerous Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at 866-920-0753.
What is the problem with Tussionex?
Tussionex, which was approved in 1987, is a prescription cough medication which contains hydrocodone, which is a narcotic used as a pain reliever. UCB Inc. has recently contacted the FDA proposing a stronger warning for the medicine following the reports of the deaths. “There is a real and serious risk for overdosing if this medication is not used according to the labeling,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the FDA’s Office of Drug Evaluation II. An overdose of hydrocodone can lead to serious, adverse side effects. The Tussionex label says specifically that the drug is not intended for use in children under 6, but the reports of pediatric deaths have made UCB Inc. come to a decision to add clearer information about the risks of prescribing the medication at high doses or to young children. No one under the age of 6 should be prescribed Tussionex, and Tussionex should not be prescribed at an interval less than 12 hours.
Side Effects of Tussionex
There are a variety of side effects associated with Tussionex. Our firm is pursing the following types of serious, life-threatening side effects:
- Breathing difficulties
- Slowed heart rate
- Extreme sleepiness
Do I Have a Tussionex Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Tussionex induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Tussionex, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Dangerous Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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