Home » Your Health » Children's Health News » Codeine Linked to Deaths of Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Codeine Linked to Deaths of Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Children's Health News, Health Studies in the News, Trending Health News, Your Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising doctors to cease prescribing codeine to children after surgeries such as tonsillectomies, removal of the adenoids, or both.

Why?

Due to several deaths, which have been linked to prescription codeine post-surgery for removal of the tonsils and/or the adenoids. The deaths have occurred specifically in child patients with a history of obstructive sleep apnea, or those who already have existing breathing problems.

Codeine, which is converted to morphine by the liver, may exacerbate breathing difficulties in this group of patients.

The FDA warning reads: “These children had evidence of being ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine, which is an inherited ability that causes the liver to convert codeine into life-threatening or fatal amounts of morphine in the body.”

New label warnings on codeine-containing products have been changed to reflect the safety precautions for young, breathing troubled patients.

Source: Reuters

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 8 Pros And Cons About Caffeine
    Caffeine occurs naturally in beans and plants, which we consume in a variety of different foods and drinks - the most common being coffee, tea, energy drinks, carbonated beverages...
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Parenting Techniques to Get Toddlers to Cooperate
    Taming a toddler is one of the great challenges of adulthood – they sometimes don't listen to reason, and the more you try to coax them to eat, sleep or take medicine, the more...
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Foods That Help Ease Anxiety
    In the United States alone, anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million adults aged 18 or older—over 18 percent of the country’s population.
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Food Ingredients that are a Recipe For Depression
    There's been a lot of discussion lately about the gut/brain connection, and along the same lines, experts have already identified foods that could be making your depression worse.
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Risk Factors For Gallstones
    There's a good chance you've heard of gallstones, but what you may not know is that they're not really stones at all.
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Risk Factors for Developing Gout
    Gout is the result of an increase in uric acid in your system that can lead to crystal deposits in your joints, and because of this buildup, your likelihood of developing kidney...
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Common Symptoms of Delirium
    Delirium is when you depart from normal cognitive brain function, and it can be brought on by a variety of causes ranging from certain medications to diseases to infections and...
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Signs and Symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Parents of children know one thing all too well: kids get sick, and they tend to get sick pretty often.
    Children's Health News
  • Get Into Shape With These 9 Effective Fitness Apps
    There’s an app for virtually every activity people do on a daily basis, from monitoring water intake, to meditation, to task management.
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Foods That Banish Bloating
    Bloating: that uncomfortable pants-are-too-tight feeling many people experience after overeating at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
    Children's Health News
  • Crohn’s Disease Diet: 7 Gut-Soothing Foods to Eat
    For those with Crohn’s disease, deciding what to eat each day can be challenging. Many foods that are considered nutritious staples in most people’s diets can cause the...
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Lifestyle Tips to Manage and Prevent Osteoarthritis
    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the U.S., affecting about 27-million people, according to Healthline.com.
    Children's Health News
  • Scleroderma: 6 Things You Need to Know
    If you've never heard of it, scleroderma is an autoimmune and rheumatic disease that can negatively impact the body through the hardening of the skin and underlying connective...
    Children's Health News
  • Add These 6 Foods to Your Diet to Treat Shingles
    When it comes to calming the angry itching and pain from a shingles rash (caused by the same virus as chicken pox), you may be able to eat your way to relief.
    Children's Health News
  • Uncovering 8 Signs of Perfectly Hidden Depression
    When you think of someone who has depression, you probably think of someone who sits alone in a quiet room, speaks very little socially, or is generally sad even when a situation...
    Children's Health News