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On Thursday, the FDA said it will require that prescription drugs containing codeine or tramadol carry a warning on the label against using them in children under 12 or in women who are breast-feeding. The agency cited evidence that the drugs could cause dangerously slowed breathing in some children.
Thursday’s announcement was a partial acceptance of 2015 recommendations by an independent advisory committee that recommended the agency restrict prescription of codeine-containing drugs for children and also voted overwhelmingly against over-the-counter sale of codeine-containing cough syrup for children.
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The FDA says medications containing codeine or tramadol should not be given to children.
Both scenarios are risky and can lead to overdose. Others might metabolize codeine or tramadol too quickly. Unlike adults, some children don’t metabolize the drug, which prompts adults to give a higher dose in order for the medication to be effective.
In Thursday’s announcement, the FDA said, “Watch closely for signs of breathing problems in a child of any age who is taking these medicines or in infants exposed to codeine or tramadol through breastmilk. These signs include slow or shallow breathing, difficulty or noisy breathing, confusion, more than usual sleepiness, trouble breastfeeding, or limpness.
Now, the FDA is adding several additional changes to the labels of these prescription medications: • FDA's strongest warning, called a Contraindication, to the drug labels of codeine and tramadol alerting that codeine should not be used to treat pain or cough and tramadol should not be used to treat pain in.
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According to a health alert, children younger than 12 should never take the medications.
The FDA is also recommending that breastfeeding mothers avoid using these medicines.
The FDA reminds parents and caregivers to always read the labels on prescription bottles to find out if a medicine contains codeine or tramadol.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about the use of prescription codeine and tramadol medications in children.
Since 2013, drugs containing codeine already contain a boxed warning that cautions against children using the medicine to treat pain after surgery to remove tonsils.
The agency is considering additional action for OTC codeine products that are available in some states.
Now, the FDA is adding several additional changes to the labels of these prescription medications:
• A strengthened Warning to mothers that breastfeeding is not recommended when taking codeine or tramadol medicines due to the risk of serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants.