I love using the Triaminic Vapor Patch's for my kids. They are much easier to use than spreading vicks on their chest when they are sick. Well the last time they got chest colds, I stocked up on them. Well I have finally run out and when I went to the CVS to get some more and I couldn't find them. Frustrated I asked one of the clerks and she asked the pharmasist and the pharmasist said they no longer make them. Shocked I asked why and she stated that they were recalled because children can take them off and lick or chew on them and they can make a child very sick. You have got to be kidding me!! The following is from the official recall of the product:
Consumers who have Triaminic Vapor Patches should stop using them immediately. There have been multiple reported complaints received, including seizures. Novartis Consumer Health’s number one priority is the safety of the consumers who use our products and, therefore, is taking this precautionary action.
All lots are being recalled in both product lines of mentholated cherry scent and menthol scent. Triaminic Vapor Patch contains camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol.
The reported adverse events associated with swallowing products containing camphor or eucalyptus oils can vary from minor symptoms, such as burning sensation in the mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting, to more severe reactions, such as seizures.
The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the FDA.
Triaminic Vapor Patch is labeled as a cough suppressant for children two (2) years of age and older. The directions on the label indicate the patch is to be applied to the throat or chest to allow the vapors to reach the nose and mouth. Multiple patches can be applied. Once applied, the patch would be within close reach for a child to remove and place in his/her mouth. The Vapor Patch is a topical cough product applied externally and not for oral consumption.
The product is sold nationwide over the counter at pharmacies and retail stores.
I think it's up to the parents to monitor their children while using any type of medicine. The same thing can happen from a child using vicks rub and that's still on the market. In my opinion this was a good product that worked really well and it's a shame that it's no longer available.