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    Information about Codeine

    Codeine uses

    Codeine is used for moderate to severe pain and dry cough.

    How codeine works

    Codeine is an opioid analgesic (pain reliever) which works by blocking transmission of pain signals to the brain to lower pain perception.

    Common side effects of codeine

    Headache, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Vomiting, Nausea, Constipation
    Content Details
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Codeine

    • Use Codeine as instructed by your doctor. Never take in greater amounts or more often than prescribed.
    • It causes sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Codeine, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
    • Store opioid pain relievers in a safe place and out of reach of others.

    Frequently asked questions for Codeine


    Q. Is there anything I need to be careful about while on therapy with Codeine?

    Codeine may cause drowsiness and dizziness, especially in the beginning of the treatment. Do not drive or work with tools or machinery if your alertness is affected. It is not advisable to drink alcohol during treatment with this medicine as it might increase sleepiness.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)