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MDs strengthen advice against codeine for kids' coughs, pain

1 month 4 days 19 hours ago September 19, 2016 Sep 19, 2016 Monday, September 19 2016 September 19, 2016 3:01 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

CHICAGO - A drug once commonly used in over-the-counter cough syrups is a subject of growing concern.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects.

The academy's advice is contained in today's edition of the medical journal, Pediatrics. It mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids' coughs or pain.

Studies suggest codeine is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs.

Dr. Charles Cote, a co-author of the report, says physicians and parents should choose another remedy when possible, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain and simple remedies such as ice or popsicles after tonsillectomies.

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