A study made by the American Academy of Pediatrics is warning parents to stop giving codeine to children. Researchers also think that there should be a law that makes it illegal for kids to have this drug. It seems that it is a real threat to children, but it still available in 28 states. According to the study, 800 000 kids received this drug between 2007 and 2011.
Scientists are trying to find alternatives for pain relief, such as oral morphine or tramadol, even though all of them can have side effects. It seems that codeine is not the only problem. Parents should pay more attention to the use of anti-inflammatory meds, such as ibuprofen.
In 2011, the World Health Organization decided that codeine is no longer an essential drug because there were concerns about its safety. More organizations such as the US Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency recommended that children should not use this drug because it can be a major threat to children.
Codeine is a drug converted to morphine by a hepatic enzyme. The problem is that some patients metabolize it too fast, while others are doing this thing too slowly. Most kids are metabolizing it too fast and this can cause fatal respiratory depression, which can lead to death.
Researchers think that more measures are needed to prevent future problems. Children should not able to use it as long as there are other alternatives that will not hurt them. Moreover, parents should be better informed by pediatricians about this drug. Future research will be made to understand better the risk and benefits of codeine. There were also some people who had unusual pains after they took codeine. It seems that this drug is not safe and you should try any other option you have for your child.
Even though there are so many people who think that codeine should not be legal for kids, the drug is still available without a prescription in most states. This could be dangerous because there will be parents who will take the drug for their child without asking the doctor. Codeine is prescribed to kids after some surgical procedures.
What do you think? It this drug really dangerous for our children?
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