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Posted by: Sue | 2008/06/20

Q.

Stopayne-contra-indicted > 2years

Hi, my baby is 9 months and weights 11 kgs. He is tall. When he is teething we usually give him either Calpol or Ponstel. When nothing else helps we give him 2.5 ml stopayne. I have noticed that the passed month Stopayne has become CONTA-INDICATED for babies under 2 years of age. Why is this - did they change the ingredients - or was there negative reactions by babies? I have asked several pharmacists but no one seems to know? The new bottle recommends 5ml for 2 years and up. Can I still give my baby 2.5ml?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Don't use Stopayne for your baby. It contains codeine which is both habit forming and constipating.

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Posted by: Willie | 2008/08/04

Maybe I did not put it strong enough, Promethazine can be fatal to infants under the age of 2 and should be used as prescribed for over 2' s.

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Posted by: Willie | 2008/08/04

I' m not entirely sure that codeine is the culprit. Stopayne also contains Promethazine HCl, an antihistamine, which is known to cause respiratory depression in children under the age of 2.

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