Codeine is an opioid pain reliever used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. It is also used, usually in combination with other medications, to reduce coughing. Codeine is available as a single-ingredient product, or in combination with acetaminophen or aspirin, and in some cough and cold medications.
FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA restricts use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children; recommends against use in breastfeeding women
- FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA evaluating the potential risks of using codeine cough-and-cold medicines in children
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety review update of codeine use in children; new Boxed Warning and Contraindication on use after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Codeine use in certain children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy may lead to rare, but life-threatening adverse events or death
- Consumer Update: Codeine and Tramadol Can Cause Breathing Problems for Children
Use of Codeine and Tramadol Products in Breastfeeding Women - Questions and Answers