FDA Statement: Don't Let Your Kids Have Codeine

The FDA has released a statement saying parents should not give children medication that contains the narcotics codeine or tramadol. Some children and adults process opioid drugs more quickly—which can cause the level of narcotics in the bloodstream to rise too high—too quickly.

This can lead to an overdose in children because of their small size. Nursing mothers are also warned to stay away from the narcotics, as they can pass unsafe levels of opioids to their babies through their breast milk.

The FDA says medication labels will be updated to warn against giving these medications to children under 12, as well as women who are nursing or pregnant.

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