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Children's Motrin and Children's Advil are over the counter children's painkillers typically given to reduce symptoms such as fever, body aches and pain associated with the common cold, influenza and other childhood illnesses. Children's Motrin and Advil is recommended for children ages 2-11 years, Children's Motrin comes in liquid, chewable and tablet form and is recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 11. Children's Motrin has been obtainable in the non-prescription form since 1995.

There are several potential side effects linked with taking of Children's Motrin , which include Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, asthma, swelling, hives and shock. Some of these side effects can cause severe reactions including blindness and death.

In December 2004, the parents of a 7-year-old girl filed a lawsuit against the maker of Children's Motrin as well as several distributors alleging the painkiller caused their daughter to suffer serious side effects, including blindness and SJS. Doctors treating the child blamed the child's loss of vision on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which she allegedly developed the day after she took Children's Motrin. The lawsuit also claims the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture Children's Motrin knew about the associated risks but intentionally withheld that information from doctors and consumers.


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome often starts with vague symptoms of fever, sore throat, headache, joint pains and gastro-enteritis. These symptoms can last from 1 to 14 days. A widespread red rash then forms, which normally (but not always) has typical spots known as "target" lesions. These are concentric rings of various shades of red, which may blister in the middle, and they are often visibly seen on the palms. Comparable blistering lesions then develop in the mucous membranes such as the mouth, the airway, the gastro-intestinal tract, the conjunctivae of the eye and the genital tract.

Following are the Potential symptoms of Stevens - Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN):

  •   Rash, blisters, or red splotches on skin
  •   Persistent fever
  •   Blisters in mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and genital area
  •   Swelling of eyelids and red eyes
  •   Conjunctivitis
  •   Flu-like symptoms
  •   Current account of having taken a prescription or over-the-counter medication

Health professionals are examining reports that bottles containing Children's Motrin grape chewable ibuprofen tablets in fact are filled with adult doses of Tylenol, a serious health risk to children. The lot was circulated nationwide between February 5, 2004 and April 1, 2004, says drugmaker McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Parents should be aware of the bottles with the lot number "Exp 1/06 JAM108." The eight-hour extended release Tylenol Geltabs are red-and-white and contain an adult dose of acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen might trigger liver failure, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in children. Officials are forewarning parents with children who may have taken the geltabs to immediately contact their doctor or a poison control center.