Has the time come to phase out codeine?

MacDonald, Noni; MacLeod, Stuart M.
November 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/23/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 17, p1825
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the potential risk posed by codeine, a widely known narcotic analgesic used for oral pain. He argues that the effect of codeine can result in toxic levels of morphine which can cause death on infants and young children. An overview of the potential serious medical consequence of using codeine is offered. The author suggests that in order to avoid the potential risk associated with codeine, restriction for infants and young children is a logical solution.


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