FDA Warning Regarding “Red Out” Eye Drops

The FDA has issued a warning regarding the accidental ingestion of over the counter eye drops by children.  Drops with the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline are affected by the warning.  These ingredients reduce redness by causing  blood vessels to narrow.  They are commonly marketed as “getting the red out”.  Accidental ingestion of these drops has caused serious events in children 5 and under.  The FDA recommends storing these drops away from small children (none of these drops currently come with child-resistant packaging), call the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222), and seek emergency medical care immediately if a child ingests any of these types of eye drops.

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