If you, like basically everyone else on the planet, has been experiencing cold symptoms over the last few months of winter, chances are good that your medicine cabinet is fully stocked. You might want to check it out, though — because Bayer has recalled an Alka-Seltzer Plus product that you should toss ASAP.
Alka-Seltzer Plus sells cold and flu symptom medication that helps temporarily relieve pain from coughing, congestion, fever, and/or mucus. Bayer issued a voluntary recall of these products earlier this week after discovering that the ingredients on the front sticker might be different than the ingredients listed on the back of the carton.
The FDA says that this mistake “may lead consumers to ingest a product to which they may have an allergy or anaphylactic reaction, an ingredient which may be contraindicated for their medical condition or they intend to otherwise avoid. There may be potential for serious health consequences.” Hence the recall.
So far, no complains have been received that have resulted in medical consequences, which is a good thing. Still, if you have the product, you’re better off getting rid of it, even if you’ve used it before.
You can tell which products are being recalled by looking at the logo on the lower left corner on the front of the carton. If the logo’s background is orange or green, it’s included in the recall.
If your Alka-Seltzer Plus product looks like the below, you should return it:
If it looks like this, though, you’re safe:
The affected products were sold in the United States at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger (includes Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers, and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9th, 2018.
If you have questions about the recall, you can contact Bayer Consumer Relations at 1-800-986-0369 (available Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST).
The FDA says, “Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Consumers may also report adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax.”
Check your medicine cabinet just to be on the safe side!