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Codeine Risky for Kids After Certain Surgeries, FDA Says
Date:2/21/2013

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When prescribed to treat pain, codeine should not be given on a fixed schedule, but only when a child needs relief from pain. They should never receive more than six doses in a day, the FDA said.

Children receiving codeine for pain should be closely monitored for signs of morphine overdose. These include: unusual sleepiness, such as being difficult to wake up; confusion or disorientation; breathing problems; and blueness on the lips or around the mouth.

Parents and caregivers who notice such signs should stop giving codeine and immediately take the child to an emergency department or call 911, said Dr. Bob Rappaport, director of the division of anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about codeine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, Feb. 21, 2013


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