Tonsillectomy Medication

Updated: Jan 04, 2022
  • Author: Amelia F Drake, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Medication Summary

The FDA issued a black box warning about the use of codeine after tonsillectomy due to concerns about respiratory depression and death. [27] Use of other opiods for tonsillectomy is evolving, as an opiod epidemic is ongoing. Surgeons now abide by state regulations to prescribe no more than 7–10 days of narcotics, depending on the individual state's medical board.