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Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children

Codeine is harmful for children and should not be used in their medications, neither prescription nor over the counter.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement recently urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.”

“In a review article published in the October issue of Pediatrics which prompted the AAP’s statement, leading U.S. researchers found codeine to be linked to rare but life-threatening and fatal breathing reactions in children. The study highlighted U.S. Food and Drug Administration data on adverse effects of both codeine and combined codeine and acetaminophen medications. Adverse effects reported to the FDA included 64 cases of severe respiratory depression and 24 codeine-related deaths ― 21 of which were in children under 12 ― over a 50-year period.” Read more.

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