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.
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- FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA evaluating the potential risks of using codeine cough-and-cold medicines in children
- Consumer Update: Codeine and Tramadol Can Cause Breathing Problems for Children
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