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Codeine and Children Under 12 Don’t Mix

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Apr 14, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Medicine and the way we interact with it is always changing. Prescriptions that were once given without a thought to almost all patients have since been discontinued or limited to certain segments of the population. This is the case with codeine, a powerful cough medicine and pain reliever. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration looked at the practice of prescribing codeine to children and determined this particular medication shouldn’t be given to kids younger than 12 – for good reason.   

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Topics: codeine, FDA, respiratory failure, opioid, cough medicine

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