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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY May 2017 | Archived Issues

FDA Issues Warnings Against Extended Use of General Anesthetic in Young Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated a warning about the use of general anesthetic and sedation medicines for lengthy periods of time in children younger than 3 years old. The warning states that the use of the drugs for more than three hours can cause widespread loss of nerve cells in the developing brain.

The FDA website has more information.

FDA: Restricting Codeine and Tramadol Medicines in Children and Breastfeeding Women

The FDA is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines for children. The medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be greater in children under 12 years old. FDA is also recommending against the use of the medicines for breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants.

The FDA website has more information.