Children younger than 18 who have suffered serious side effects after taking cough and cold medicine containing codeine has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch an investigation into the safety of the medications in children. Side effects include slowed or difficult breathing. Children with breathing problems may be more susceptible to respiratory adverse events. In April, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) banned the use of codeine to treat coughs and colds in children younger than age 12, and recommended the drug not be used in children and adolescents between 12 and 18 who have breathing problems, such as asthma. The ... Read More
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