Consider Alternatives to Opioids for Cough or Pain in Children

We're getting more questions about alternatives to opioids for kids.

Labeling for Rx codeine- and hydrocodone-containing cough and cold meds (Tussionex, etc) now limits use of these meds to adults 18 and older.

There's no good evidence opioids work for cough in kids...but there are clear risks. In fact, there are also new warnings about respiratory depression, misuse, and abuse for these meds in all patients.

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