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What is codeine?
Codeine helps to treat mild to moderately severe pain. It is an opioid pain medication. It is a prescription drug that comes in a tablet and is also used in cough syrups to treat cough.
Codeine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It is a strong and highly addictive drug.
Codeine is available in the form of a tablet, solution, and injection. This medicine is only available on prescription. You can easily order codeine online if you have a prescription. People should check the availability of this medicine if they want to buy codeine online.
What are the uses of codeine?
- Codeine is an opioid medicine that helps reduce ongoing pain such as due to cancer.
- Codeine helps in the treatment of pain and is also used to reduce coughing.
- Codeine is also effective in the treatment of diarrhea.
Types of codeine
Codeine tablets are available in the following strengths:
- 15 mg: It is white in color and round in shape with an imprint 54613.
- 30 mg: It is white in color and round in shape with an imprint 54783.
- 60 mg: It is white in color and round in shape with an imprint 54412.
How to use codeine?
The dosage of this medicine will depend upon your medical condition and response to treatment.
People should take this medicine as prescribed by their doctor. Take this drug with or without food. You can also take codeine with food if it upsets your stomach.
This medicine is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours as required. The usual adult dosage for pain is 15 mg to 60 mg up to every four hours as needed. People can take this dose up to 4 times a day. The maximum dosage should not exceed 360 mg in 24 hours.
Codeine is an opioid that can slow or stop your breathing. Never increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed because your risk of side effects may increase.
If you have taken this medicine for several weeks or longer, do not stop taking the medication without talking to your doctor. The dosage of this medicine should be decreased gradually by your doctor.
Do not stop taking this drug suddenly. You may experience withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, irritability, anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty falling asleep, stomach cramps, diarrhea, watering eyes, etc.
Taking too much codeine may lead to an overdose. The symptoms of an overdose may include:
- slow or shallow breathing
- slow heartbeat
- difficulty breathing
- excessive drowsiness or sleepiness
Dosage for treatment of pain
Adult dosage: The adults should take one or two 30 mg tablets every 4 hours.
Child dosage: Children ages 12 to 18 years should take one or two 30 mg tablets every 6 hours.
Old people dosage: Old-age people with kidney or liver problems should take a 15 mg tablet every 4 hours.
Dosage for treatment of diarrhea
Adult dosage: The adults should take one or two 30 mg tablets every 4 hours. For liquid, take one or two 5 ml spoonfuls of it.
Child dosage: The children aged between 12 to 18 should take one or two 30 mg tablets every 6 hours.
Old people dosage: Older people with kidney or liver problems should take a 15 mg tablet every 4 hours.
Dosage for treatment of cough
The dose for adults and children is one or two 5 ml spoonfuls of cough syrup every 4 to 6 hours.
What to know before taking codeine?
You should not use this drug if you are allergic to it or any other medications. People should not take this drug if they have the following conditions:
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines
- severe asthma or breathing problems
- frequent asthma attacks or hyperventilation
To make sure codeine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you ever had:
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- breathing problems or sleep apnea
- a head injury or brain tumor
- asthma, COPD, or other breathing disorders
- low blood pressure
- blockage in your stomach or intestines
- mental illness
- drug or alcohol addiction
- urination problems
- a gallbladder or pancreas disorder
Some drugs can interact with codeine and can cause a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. Make sure to tell your doctor about the other medicines you take.
Codeine may decrease fertility in men and women. Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Before having any surgery, tell your doctor that you are using codeine.
Taking codeine during pregnancy can make the baby dependent on the drug, which can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms after the baby is born.
Do not breastfeed while taking codeine. This medicine can pass into breastmilk and cause drowsiness, breathing problems in a baby.
Side effects of codeine
Some common side effects of codeine include:
- stomach pain
- itching or rash
Codeine is an effective medicine, but it can have some severe side effects such as:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- mood changes
- difficulty urinating
- fast or slow heartbeat
- vision changes
- low cortisol levels- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness or weakness
Codeine can cause serotonin syndrome, which occurs when you have too much serotonin in your body due to medicines. The serotonin syndrome symptoms include fever, hallucinations, agitation, sweating, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.