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Codeine and acetaminophen recommendations for children

DeDea, Larissa PharmD, BCPS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: September 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 9 - p 11–12
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000433874.93906.d7
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ABSTRACT The FDA recommends avoiding codeine in children after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea, due to the risk of respiratory depression. Also, changes to acetaminophen concentrations and dosages for children may help reduce the risk of unintentional overdoses.

Larissa DeDea is a clinical pharmacist with Northern Arizona Healthcare in Flagstaff. In addition to being board-certified in pharmacotherapy, she is a graduate of the Yale University PA program. Reamer L. Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, JAAPA editor-in-chief, also contributed to this article.

© 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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