Codeine

Codeine

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    Codeine is part of a group of drugs known as Opioids. Opioids interact with opioid receptors in the brain and elicit a range of responses within the body, from feelings of pain relief, to relaxation, pleasure and contentment. Codeine is used to provide relief from a number of conditions, including:

    • Mild to moderate pain
    • Severe pain (when combined with aspirin or paracetamol)
    • Dry irritating cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Cold and flu (when combined with antihistamines and decongestants)

  • Common Names

    Captain Cody

    Cody

    Little C

    Schoolboy

    Codeine Syrup includes: 

    Act

    Lean

    Purple Drank

    Sizzurp

    Texas Tea

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    How is it used?

    Some people misuse codeine by intentionally taking more than the recommended dose to get high, or as an act of self-harm. Codeine is usually swallowed and comes in different forms, including:

    • Tablets
    • Capsules
    • Suppositories
    • Soluble powders and tablets
    • Liquids

Side Effects of Codeine

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk - even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Codeine affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk - even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Codeine affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

  • The most common side effects of codeine are:

    Dizziness

    Tiredness

    Confusion, difficulty concentrating

    Euphoria, restlessness

    Blurred vision

    Dry mouth

    Limbs feeling heavy or muscles feeling stiff

    Sweating

    Mild allergic rash, itching and hives

    Decreased heart rate, palpitations

    Stomach-ache, nausea, vomiting, constipation

    Difficulty urinating

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    The most common side effects of codeine are:

    Dizziness

    Tiredness

    Confusion, difficulty concentrating

    Euphoria, restlessness

    Blurred vision

    Dry mouth

    Limbs feeling heavy or muscles feeling stiff

    Sweating

    Mild allergic rash, itching and hives

    Decreased heart rate, palpitations

    Stomach-ache, nausea, vomiting, constipation

    Difficulty urinating

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of codeine may eventually cause:

    Constipation

    Reduced sex drive

    Irregular periods

    Tension and muscle twitches

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on codeine

    Financial, work and social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of codeine may eventually cause:

    Constipation

    Reduced sex drive

    Irregular periods

    Tension and muscle twitches

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on codeine

    Financial, work and social problems


Mixing Codeine with other drugs

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    Codeine + Alcohol

     

    Mental clouding, reduced coordination and slow breathing.

The effects of taking Codeine with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications and other over-the-counter medicines, are often unpredictable and dangerous.