The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents and doctors about a potentially fatal reaction to codeine among kids who get their tonsils removed. Apparently, three children have died, and another had a severe reaction after taking codeine for pain...following surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids. Once codeine is in the body, the liver converts it to morphine. The FDA says some children metabolize the codeine so fast that it produces ultra high levels in their blood. There are genetic tests available to determine if a child is a rapid metabolizer of codeine.
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