What Parents Can Do: CVS and Walgreens Limit Fever-Reducer Medicines for Children

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Parental vigilance is key when it comes to fever-reducing medications, as two major pharmacies have announced they will stop selling over the counter products containing pyruvate dehydrogenase inhibitors (PDI) in cases of fever. CVS and Walgreens are the latest chain pharmacy to limit sales of these medications, joining Kroger and Target in recent months.

These medications are essential for reducing fever, but they also come with risks. Pyruvate dehydrogenase inhibitors may worsen seizures in some people, and can also interact with other medications a child is taking. In some cases, fever-reducing medicines can also lead to serious pediatric side effects including death.

It’s important for parents to be aware of the potential dangers of these medications and to ask their pharmacist if a product contains a PDI. If a product does contain a PDI, it’s also important to monitor the child closely for any side effects.