Health Alert: FDA warns of opioids in cold medicines

FDA now says medicines containing opioids should only be given to adults 18 and older.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 7:11 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening its warning on opioid and cold medicines. Cough and cold medicines that have opioid ingredients, such as codeine or hydrocodone, should no longer be given to children of any age.

The FDA announced yesterday that it is requiring revisions to the safety labeling on such perscription opioid cough and cold medicines. They must now indicate that the products no longer can be used to treat children because the risks outweigh the potential benefits.

These medicines should only be used for adults 18 and older. Labeling changes also address safety information for adults, including an expanded boxed warning indicating the risks of using opioid medications, such as misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and death.

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