After nearly 50 years of studying the side effects of the pain medications codeine and tramadol, the FDA is now taking action against their manufacturers. The will mean major label changes on prescriptions containing codeine and tramadol for children. Both drugs are opioids which can cause breathing problems in children. They have advised against the use of codeine to treat pain or coughs or tramadol to treat pain in children under 12. It also said nursing mothers should steer clear of the drugs.
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