Children who undergo surgery to have their tonsils or adenoid removed are often prescribed codeine for pain relief, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the medication – even when given in amounts that are the recommended dose range – can be fatal. In August 2012, the FDA warned that this danger exists for children who are “ultra-rapid metabolizers” of codeine, meaning that their liver converts codeine to morphine in higher than normal amounts. Since then, the FDA has conducted a comprehensive safety review of codeine use in children. A search of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) ... Read More
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