FDA bans cough syrup with codeine, hydrocodone for patients under 18

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Cough syrup with codeine or hydrocodone, a common medicine for kids, now won't be able to be prescribed to them.

The FDA put their highest warning on the medicine, saying that the risks are greater than the potential benefits.

The labeling changes will prohibit doctors to prescribe the medicine to children.

The medication is especially dangerous for kids with a rapid metabolism gene.

“There are certain children that can metabolize the codeine through the liver, creating too much morphine in their system. That can depress their respiratory system and even cause death,” said Sanford pediatric physician Dr. Todd Twogood.

The label will also warn adults about the risks of misuse, abuse and addiction.