Reports: Actavis pulls cough syrup after product abuse

NEW YORK — A cough syrup produced by Actavis will no longer be available due to the negative light cast on the product stemming from abuse by musicians like Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy, according to a report from the Huffington Post.

Individuals who abuse the cough syrup will often mix it with soda or candy to make it sweeter. The drink — which is colloquially known as "Sizzurp" — can cause hallucinations and drowsiness, and contains 25 times the recommended amount of promethazine and codeine. Last year, musician Lil Wayne suffered seizures after excessive amounts of codeine were found in his system.

"Given [recent media attention], Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product," a rep for Actavis was quoted as saying. "This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication."

 

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