Kids Under 12 Shouldn't Take Codeine Drugs, FDA Says

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Children younger than 12 should not take codeine, a drug found in some cough and pain medicines, according to new rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that further restrict the use of this drug in kids.

Parents should read the ingredient labels on pain and cough medicines to make sure that they don't contain codeine or another medication called tramadol before giving the medication to children, the agency said.

The FDA said today (April 20) that it is making changes to its requirements for the labels of codeine-containing drugs because of reports that some children experience life-threatening breathing problems, and even die, after taking medicines that contain codeine. From 1969 to 2015, the FDA received 64 reports of serious breathing problems tied to the use of codeine-containing medicines in children. Those cases included 24 deaths. Most cases of serious side effects tied to the drug occurred in children under 12 years old, the FDA said.

In addition to the new warnings on codeine for kids, the FDA also warned against the use of another pain-relieving drug called tramadol in children under 12, and against the use of either drug by women who are breastfeeding.

 

Source: Live Science

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