Codeine contraindicated for anyone under 18

The FDA has stepped-up warnings on cough and cold products 

The FDA has announced that cough and cold medications containing opioids like codeine and hydrocodone will no longer be indicated for US patients under 18.

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It says the risks of using prescription opioid cough products in children of all ages generally outweigh the potential benefits.

The required safety labelling changes expand paediatric restrictions put in place last year when, like Australia, the FDA ordered that codeine should not be used in children younger than 12, “due to a specific risk of ultra-rapid metabolism in certain patients”.