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News2010October › Popular painkiller should be junked, say researchers › October 2010

Popular painkiller should be junked, say researchers

It's a painkiller that is a household name - and if it is in your home right now, it should be thrown out

It's a painkiller that is a household name - and if it is in your home right now, it should be thrown out. It doesn't work effectively and it's dangerous, say researchers.
Codeine has been used as a painkiller for nearly 200 years - which is why it has never been tested to today's safety requirements. Despite its popularity, it is a killer, especially among infants and children with a genetic predisposition. Life-threatening effects have also been reported among adults, say researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
It's time to put codeine to rest, they say.
(Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 4 October 2010; doi: 10.1503/cmaj.101411).

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