What to Do with Your Recalled Children's Medicine

That and other hot health topics that have our boards buzzing this week

Last week’s recall of 43 different over-the-counter products sold by Johnson & Johnson, including children’s Tylenol, had parents scurrying to their medicine cabinets and congressional leaders demanding answers.

Though no injuries or illnesses have been reported so far, preliminary tests show that the raw materials used to make the meds were contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, bacteria considered harmful to humans. The recalled drugs include Benadryl, Zyrtec and Motrin. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is launching a formal investigation into the recall.

iVillage parents have some. Namely, what are they supposed to do with their bottles of Infant and Children's Tylenol? “We have an unopened container of it (that I will obviously not use now), but are there options for getting back the money spent on the product?” writes kayhay7. When a product is recalled, you can return it to the place where you purchased it for a full refund—even if you no longer have a receipt most stores will honor the refund. Or you can print out a coupon for a replacement on the McNeil Product Recall Web site, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that produced the substandard product. There, you can also find a complete list of all products affected by the recall.

For now, the FDA is recommending that people switch to generic brand medicine while Johnson & Johnson sorts out the situation.

Our story about the link between chocolate and depression also got women on the iVillage boards talking this week. For those who didn’t see it, a new study revealed that people who eat a lot of chocolate are more likely to be depressed than those who eat less of the cocoa confection. The study did not attempt to figure out whether depression causes chocolate cravings or if eating it leads to depressive symptoms. But it did get people on the boards speculating. “I eat chocolate pretty much every day. I don't feel different if I have it or don't,” wrote cl-cat_2.0 on the Alternative Health board. Cl-ijanis51, on the other hand, believes it gives her a small boost. “I love chocolate! It can make me feel better to a point. A small square improves my mood and fills the craving for something rich.”

Does chocolate give you a boost? Do you turn to it when you’re down? Chime in on the Alternative Health board.

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. “Fibro-my-what?” you ask. Well, that’s exactly the reason why we’re shining some light on the condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects two percent of Americans—mostly women. It causes widespread pain throughout the muscles and joints, as well as chronic exhaustion. The pain can range from chronic, dull aches to searing, debilitating anguish. What might be even more frustrating about the syndrome is its lack of recognition by the medical community, especially in the past. For Carolyn Bishop, it took 21 years to get a correct fibromyalgia diagnosis. Her experience is not uncommon. As nuffsaid1998 writes on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue board, “According to many, many doctors, men don't get fibromyalgia. They are apparently wrong. It took four years and a trip to Mayo Clinic to become diagnosed. After a proper diagnosis and treatment, I am now able to work and function.”

Because there are no blood tests for fibromyalgia, and symptoms can mimic a wide range of other diseases, it takes an average of five years to get the proper diagnosis. Though it took mica_ga a comparatively short six months to find out what was wrong, she still had to endure her doctor’s ignorance. “My primary care physician started testing for different things, all were negative. She then sent me to a rheumatologist who said I was just depressed and only wanted to prescribe an antidepressant; I left and didn't go back,” she writes. Thanks to advocacy groups and ads from pharmaceutical companies, there’s now a much greater awareness about fibromyalgia, but there’s also a lot left to learn.

Do you know someone with fibromyalgia? Share your thoughts on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue board.

Got something else occupying your mind? Get it off your chest. Talk about it on the iVillage boards.

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