11 October 2010
Codeine has been widely used for many years in over-the-counter pharmacy medicines for cough and pain relief.
A UK review has concluded that the risks associated with oral liquid cough medicines containing codeine (including addiction and dependence) outweigh the benefits in children and young people aged less than 18 years.
Over-the-counter oral liquid medicines containing codeine should therefore no longer be used to treat cough in this population.
Article in October 2010 issue of Drug Safety Update (our monthly publication for health professionals on the safety of medicines and vaccines)
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