FDA issues warning about children and codeine

February 20, 2013 7:18:06 PM PST
The Food and Drug Administration is telling doctors to stop prescribing codeine to children after surgery.

Health officials say codeine can cause serious side effects -- even death -- in children who have had tonsillectomies, or other throat operations.

The FDA says codeine converts to toxic levels of morphine in the liver when taken by children with sleep apnea and other breathing disorders.

The new warning is being applied to all containers of codeine products.