'The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned against the administration of medications containing codeine and tramadol, saying in an official statement that these opiod drugs can cause “life-threatening breathing problems,” particularly in children below the age of 12. “Some children and adults break down codeine and tramadol into their active forms faster than other people. That can cause the level of opioids in these people to rise too high and too quickly,” the federal agency said. They also warned that breastfeeding mothers who take said narcotics may pass on “unsafe levels of opiods” to their nursing babies, causing them to become too sleepy, have difficulty feeding, or have “serious breathing problems”.
As a measure, the FDA said that they are strengthening their labels for drugs with codeine and tramadol.
A grim warning
Tramadol is chiefly used to treat moderate to severe pain and is often administered to post-operative patients, according to Drugs.com. It is also known to be habit-forming, and interacts with alcohol and many other drugs, causing potentially fatal side effects. Some people who take tramadol have also suffered from seizures. According to the FDA, it is a prescription-only drug, and is only available for adults.
Codeine is of a similar nature, used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, said Drugs.com. It is also potentially habit-forming, and can slow breathing to dangerous levels. When interacting with certain medications, it is also known to cause serotonin syndrome, a serious condition that can cause shivering, diarrhea, muscle rigidity, seizures, and even death. Codeine labels already carry a warning against administering the drug to young patients, the FDA noted.'
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