Painkiller Codeine Is Not Safe For Children, Pediatricians Warn

Posted: Sep 22 2016, 9:50pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Painkiller Codeine is Not Safe for Children, Pediatricians Warn
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  • Pain med ‘Codeine’ is not safe for children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement informing parents to stop giving their children any medication containing Codeine.

Codeine is not sale for children under the age of 18 years old. The declaration was made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a statement this week.

According to the AAP, parents and doctors need to stop giving children any medication which contain Codeine. It includes all prescription and over-the-counter medications, like cough syrup and pain relievers.

Codeine is basically an opioid which is classified has a class of highly powerful and potentially addictive pain killers. The statement by AAP was published after a research outlined how Codeine can cause a rare but life-threatening and fatal breathing reaction especially in children.

The research has been published in the October issue of Pediatrics journal. According to Dr. Joseph Tobias, the lead author of the study, people have a misconception when it comes to codeine. They believe codeine is safer than other opioids, but they are wrong.

In the study data from the FDA was analyzed for adverse effects of codeine and its reactions with acetaminophen medications. The review found more than 64 cases of severe respiratory depression has been reported to the FDA as a result of taking codeine.

Out of these codeine even led to 24 deaths and 21 of them were children under the age of 12 years old. Even with all this incriminating data codeine is present in all over the counter medications like cough syrups in more than 28 US states.

Similarly in between 2007 and 2011 more than 800,000 children under the age of 11 years old were prescribed with codeine. Codeine can be dangerous as it leads to enzyme derived reactions which dull pain. But in some cases excessive reactions can lead to even death.

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