Are Codeine Medications Too Risky for You or Your Children?

Codeine is one of the most widely prescribed medications for pain and for coughs in children and adults. In recent years, serious concerns have been raised about its safety in children. Since the safety and effectiveness of codeine is unpredictable in children, even when prescribed correctly, experts believe codeine should never be given to children.

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Acetaminophen: How Can I Protect My Children?

Children can more easily be harmed by too much acetaminophen than adults. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and fever medications, such as Tylenol, may cause liver damage and liver failure if taken in large than recommended doses or for a long time.

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What You Need to Know About Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. It is used as a fever-reducer and as a pain reliever, and can be found in many common over-the-counter (OTC) products, including Tylenol, Alka-seltzer, Nyquil, and many cold and flu medicines. When used as directed, there is little danger. However, taking too much can have serious health consequences, and children in particular are at high risk.

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