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Neonatal abstinence syndrome due to codeine


The neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a potentially life threatening illness associated with significant morbidity especially in the neonatal period. A case of NAS due to codeine prescribed for pain relief during pregnancy is reported.

 Clinicians should be aware that narcotic derivatives prescribed in late pregnancy can give rise to this type of problem.

  • codeine
  • withdrawal
  • neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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