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Codeine is taken for Relief of gentle to moderately severe pain and other conditions.

This salt can also be taken for purposes not listed in this medicine guide.

Definite information related to Codeine’s uses, side-effects, reviews, questions, interactions, and precautions are given below:


Codeine is taken for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms which are given below:

  • Relief of gentle to moderately severe pain
  • Codeine can also be taken for purposes not listed here.


The following is a list of probable side-effects that can occur in medicines that contain Codeine. This is not a complete list. These side-effects are probable , but do not always appear . Some of the side-effects may be strange but serious. Discuss your doctor if you feel any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.

  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Allergic reactions


Before taking Codeine, confirm your doctor about your current list of medicine , over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, premature diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions can make you more impressionable to the side-effects of the medicine. Take as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your health condition. Discuss with your physician if your health state persists or worsens. Important counseling points are given below.

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Addison’s disease
  • Avoid driving a car or operating machinery
  • Biliary tract disease
  • Constipation is a side effect and can be alleviated by stool softeners
  • Discuss doctor if pregnant or nursing
  • Death in person who have multiple copies of the gene for cytochrome P450 isoenzyme 2D6

Interactions with Codeine

If you take other medicine or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Codeine can change. This may raise your risk for side-effects or cause your medicine not to work properly. Discuss your doctor about all the medicine , vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking, so that your doctor can help you prevent or manage medicine interactions. Codeine can interact with the following medicine and products which are listed below:

  • Alcohol
  • Antianxiety agents
  • Anticholinergics
  • Antiemetics
  • Antihistamines
  • Antipsychotics
  • General anesthetics
  • Hypnotics
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

When not to use Codeine

Hypersensitivity to Codeine is an indication. In addition, Codeine should not be used if you have the following health conditions:

  • Acute or severe bronchial asthma
  • Hypercarbia
  • Hypersensitivity to codeine
  • Paralytic ileus

Overdose of Codeine

Do not take more than prescribed dose. Using more medication will not correct your symptoms; rather they can cause poisoning or deliberate side-effects. If you believe that you or anyone else who may have overdosed on Codeine, please go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medication box, container, or label with you to help doctors with important information.

Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same symptoms or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This can lead to overdose.

Please discuss your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.

Storage of Codeine

  • Store drugs at room temperature, distant from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medicine down the washroom or drain them unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may harm the environment. Please discuss your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Codeine.

Frequently asked Questions

Is Codeine safe to use when pregnant?


Is Codeine safe while breastfeeding?

Please consult the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

Is it safe to drive a vehicle  or operate heavy machinery when using this medicine?

If you feel drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when taking Codeine medicine then it can not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if taking the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also suggest patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please analyze these effects on your body when using Codeine. Always consult with your health specialist for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.

Is this product addictive?

Most prescription meds don’t come with a potential for abuse. Commonly , the government categorizes drugs that can be addictive as controlled substances. For Examples schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the United States. Please discuss the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and raise your body’s dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.