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Despite Known Dangers, Docs Still Prescribe Codeine to Kids - NBC

5/10/2014
12:53 | Author: Sarah Gray

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Despite Known Dangers, Docs Still Prescribe Codeine to Kids - NBC

Doctors are still widely prescribing codeine for kids with coughs, colds and injuries, despite robust evidence that the ancient narcotic doesn't.

The American Academy of Pediatrics began warning about codeine in 1997 and again in 2006. In 2012 and 2013, the federal Food and Drug Administration issued a black-box alert warning against using codeine in kids after surgery to correct sleep apnea because three children died and one suffered life-threatening respiratory arrest. Since 1999, 10 kids have died and three have overdosed on codeine, the FDA said.

Doctors are still widely prescribing codeine for kids with coughs, colds and injuries, despite robust evidence that the ancient narcotic doesn’t work for many children — and may be fatal to some.

JoNel Aleccia is a contributing writer for the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

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UCSF Study Finds Codeine Often Prescribed to Children, Despite

11/19/2014
08:34 | Author: Hannah Ramirez

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UCSF Study Finds Codeine Often Prescribed to Children, Despite

Despite its potentially harmful effects in children, codeine continues to be prescribed in U.S. emergency rooms, according to new research from.

“Despite strong evidence against the use of codeine in children, the drug continues to be prescribed to large numbers of them each year,” said Sunitha Kaiser, MD, UCSF assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco and lead author. “It can be prescribed in any clinical setting, so it is important to decrease codeine prescription to children in other settings such as clinics and hospitals, in addition to emergency rooms.”

“Many children are at risk of not getting any benefit from codeine, and we know there are safer, more effective alternatives available,” Kaiser said.

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Children prescribed codeine despite safety concerns - USA Today

11/18/2014
06:01 | Author: Ryan Brooks

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Children prescribed codeine despite safety concerns - USA Today

Although significant concerns have been raised about the safety and benefits of codeine-containing medications for children, there's been only.

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• 577,270 prescriptions for codeine written in 2010, down from 644,394 in 2001.

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Children ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17 were more likely to be prescribed codeine than were younger kids, ages 3 to 7. Although there was no statistically significant change in prescribing rates for older children, the percentage of prescriptions for the youngest age group decreased from 3.8% to 3.0% during the 10-year study period.

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Codeine was prescribed in 2.9% of visits in 2010, down from 3.7% of visits in 2001.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against codeine-use after pediatric tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea.

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Despite dangers, docs continue to prescribe kids codeine - The Chart

9/17/2014
04:52 | Author: Hannah Ramirez

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Despite dangers, docs continue to prescribe kids codeine - The Chart

Every year, there are up to 870000 prescriptions of codeine written for children in emergency rooms in the United States. And that's a huge.

And just for the record, all drugs have a down side. Not just opiates. For example, teens occasionaly take large doses of Robitussin cough syrup. That's because dextramethorphan, the active ingredient, causes your brain cells to overheat and causes a high similar to being drunk.

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National Patterns of Codeine Prescriptions for Children in the

7/16/2014
02:25 | Author: Sarah Gray

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National Patterns of Codeine Prescriptions for Children in the

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: National guidelines have recommended against codeine use in children, but little is known about.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: National guidelines have recommended against codeine use in children, but little is known about prescribing patterns in the United States. Our objectives were to assess changes over time in pediatric codeine prescription rates in emergency departments nationally and to determine factors associated with codeine prescription.

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CONCLUSIONS: Although there was a small decline in codeine prescription over 10 years, use for cough or URI did not decline after national guidelines recommending against its use. More effective interventions are needed to prevent codeine prescription to children. What's this?

METHODS: We performed a serial cross-sectional analysis (2001–2010) of emergency department visits for patients ages 3 to 17 years in the nationally representative National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. We determined survey-weighted annual rates of codeine prescriptions and tested for linear trends over time. We used multivariate logistic regression to identify characteristics associated with codeine prescription and interrupted time-series analysis to assess changes in prescriptions for upper respiratory infection (URI) or cough associated with two 2006 national guidelines recommending against its use for these indications.

RESULTS: The proportion of visits ( N = 189 million) with codeine prescription decreased from 3.7% to 2.9% during the study period ( P =. 008). Odds of codeine prescription were higher for children ages 8 to 12 years (odds ratio, 1.42; 95% confidence interval ) and among providers outside the northeast. Odds were lower for children who were non-Hispanic black (OR, 0.67 ) or with Medicaid (OR, 0.84 ). The 2006 guidelines were not associated with a decline in codeine prescriptions for cough or URI visits.

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