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J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Aug;37(4):507-9.

Deafness associated with acetaminophen and codeine abuse.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Ototoxicity associated with narcotic-acetaminophen combinations is not widely recognized. This can be the cause of severe-to-profound hearing loss that may be overlooked. Otolaryngologists who encounter patients with progressive hearing loss with no apparent cause should specifically ask about overuse of medications containing acetaminophen and a narcotic. Many patients feel that this form of medication is "safe" because it can be purchased over-the-counter.

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