Philly.com Guest Blog Post Addresses Dangers of Codeine

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For years, the Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been warning against the use of codeine, a man-made drug similar to heroin or morphine found in pain and fever medications, cough and cold medications, or prescribed on its own.

Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, Medical Director of the Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Philly.com Healthy Kids blog about the dangers of codeine. He explains why codeine is ineffective in reducing pain and cough in children. He also discusses its misuse and abuse by teens and adults.

In 2015, FDA advisors recommended against the use of codeine to treat pain and cough in children. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits before giving codeine-containing medication to your child — and you.

Read the post on Philly.com.