The postoperative pain scores of children and adults who received over-the-counter ibuprofen following tonsillectomy were not substantially different from the scores of those who took acetaminophen plus hydrocodone or codeine, a study showed. However, researchers reported at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery meeting that patients who received a combination of acetaminophen and codeine had significant improvements in pain scores at certain points. The FDA recommends that children do not take medications containing codeine.

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