FDA: Don’t Use Codeine, Hydrocodone In Patients Under 18

(January 12, 2018, 1:49 PM EST) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 11 required new warnings on prescription cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone that the drugs are not to be used in people under 18 because the risks outweigh the benefits.

The FDA is also requiring a black box warning about the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, death and slowed or difficult breathing for the drugs.

The agency said some codeine cough medicines are available in some states in nonprescription or over-the-counter forms. ...
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