HEALTH

FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings in regards to the risks of two kinds of highly effective opioid painkillers, codeine and tramadol, as a consequence of dangers of slowed respiration and loss of life.

The Meals and Drug Administration stated Thursday it’s requiring makers of the ache medicines to vary the merchandise’ labels to warn towards giving them to youngsters underneath age 12, and to restrict use in older youngsters. The FDA additionally says breastfeeding ladies should not take them due to attainable hurt to the child.

The company in 2013 had warned towards use of codeine and tramadol in youngsters and adolescents to deal with ache after surgical procedure to take away tonsils.

A few of the merchandise containing these medicine are solely accessible by prescription, however some over-the-counter cough medicines comprise codeine.

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