Candy or medicine? How pills can be mistaken for sweets

Jul 21, 2007 Full story: The Daily Press 57

“Years ago, (drug manufacturing companies) used to place a sugar coating on tablets. Pills were shiny, with brighter colors. Old Motrins looked like big Skittles”

Chocolate or Ex-Lax? Tums or Sweet Tarts? Could you tell the difference? Could your kids? With a variety of colors, flavors and even scents available, medicine can be very misleading. via The Daily Press

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Allisha

Greensburg, IN

#1 Jan 22, 2008
I think this is very true. And i am doing a science fair project on this and i was wondering if you would happen to know any more medicines that look like candy?
christina

Plainville, MA

#2 Jan 23, 2008
i been threw many books web sits and i never though this was able to happened to a young kid. some of this stuff that happened in a way it is the mother or father falt for leave it in reach of a young child. i doing this reascher on a science fair project and it scares me for my little brother that may be it could happened to him
Victoria

Anderson, MO

#3 Jan 23, 2008
I think it's true. When I take an Advil, it has a good taste and kids could mistake that for M&Ms.
courtney

United States

#4 Jan 28, 2008
i think sweettarts are the most kind of candy that kids think they are eating.
Jimmy the Greek is back

United States

#5 Jan 29, 2008
christina wrote:
i been threw many books web sits and i never though this was able to happened to a young kid. some of this stuff that happened in a way it is the mother or father falt for leave it in reach of a young child. i doing this reascher on a science fair project and it scares me for my little brother that may be it could happened to him
Jimmy the Greek says that maybe you should learn how to spell before you go and try and do any type of project.

“morepunchthanabo wlofjuice.”

Since: Jan 08

MA

#6 Jan 29, 2008
I am not sure if I agree. I went through life and never had a problem. If a child would mistake an Exlax pill or TUMS pill for a Sweettart or an Advil for an M&M you have to blame the parents for not storing them in a medicine cabinet. Both look nothing like the other. Also, any child of age that cannot read TUMS or know what they are...I don't know what to tell you.
As for the taste, in my opinion - they all taste awful.

To answer the original question asked, there are also gummy bear vitamins...

Although I do agree with you Jimmy, as a fellow Greek.
tierra ricks

United States

#7 Feb 5, 2008
candy is the most effective thing that rottens kids teeth to make then look like a devils fool

“morepunchthanabo wlofjuice.”

Since: Jan 08

MA

#8 Feb 13, 2008
Hahaha I agree with that as well.
jada

Winifred, MT

#10 Mar 20, 2008
Allisha wrote:
I think this is very true. And i am doing a science fair project on this and i was wondering if you would happen to know any more medicines that look like candy?
I don't know if this is to late but here are some candy/medicine look alikes I use for my health class-Good & Plenty ~ Tylenol / Robitussin ~ Hot tamales / Sweetarts~tums / Pine sol~Apple juice~whiskey / Red hots~sudafed / Coricidin~skittles / motrin~sweettart minis Hope this helps you.
jessica myers

Hagerstown, MD

#11 Mar 26, 2008
gummybears look like gummy vitamins
Allisha wrote:
I think this is very true. And i am doing a science fair project on this and i was wondering if you would happen to know any more medicines that look like candy?
berb

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 May 7, 2008
Allisha wrote:
I think this is very true. And i am doing a science fair project on this and i was wondering if you would happen to know any more medicines that look like candy?
u can also flinstone gummie

“morepunchthanabo wlofjuice.”

Since: Jan 08

MA

#13 Jun 10, 2008
jessica myers wrote:
gummybears look like gummy vitamins
<quoted text>
that was a good one...
Melissa

Dallas, TX

#14 Oct 4, 2008
thats true we makin a project of that right now soo
LOL HAHAHAHAHA kids this days
PINKY

Dallas, TX

#15 Oct 4, 2008
yea dts true we doin a project on it rite now
lol haha nd melissa i kno u u rite here nxt to me lol haha
nd i c u
destinee

Shreveport, LA

#16 Nov 3, 2008
i think small kids to mistsck meds for candy because the reason is the meds r all colorful and they have flavors that tasted like candy
eden fox

Houston, TX

#17 Nov 8, 2008
i am doing a report about how children mistake medicine for candy
Julia_da_amazzzi ngness

Memphis, TN

#18 Dec 2, 2008
Jimmy the Greek is back wrote:
<quoted text>
Jimmy the Greek says that maybe you should learn how to spell before you go and try and do any type of project.
Julia agrees
jasmine

Dade City, FL

#19 Dec 2, 2008
i believe that children under the age of 3 won't know the diffrenece between medicine or candy. These two are easy to mistake and can lead to serious problems.
mac andy

Bossier City, LA

#20 Dec 2, 2008
I think that if a child mistakes pills for candy, then its the parents problem for not explaining to them what the difference is.
Jessica

Apache Junction, AZ

#21 Dec 4, 2008
Im doing a project on it and i found out a lot of stuff that you have to be careful with when you have a baby or even a little sister or brother. Parents sometimes get over welmed with stuff and they mistake stuff for other things. I read in a article that over 65,000 kids are dieing for this mistake.I dont think its the parents fault I mean I know that they did it and every thing but every one makes mistakes.

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