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Pholcodine is used for dry cough

How it works

Pholcodine decreases the perception of pain by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Common side effects

Rash, Sweating, Headache, Dizziness, Chest congestion, Shortness of breath, Sleepiness, Vomiting, Weakness, Dehydration, Allergic reaction, Lightheadedness, Nausea, Edema, Dry mouth, Fatigue, Anemia, Sedation, Confusion, Excitement, Drowsiness, Constipation

Available Medicine

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Expert advice

  • Do not use pholcodine, if you have liver or kidney diseases; any breathing problems or history of asthma.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking pholcodine because you may feel drowsy or dizzy.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or other drugs that induce sleep (CNS depressant drugs) it will aggravate the effects of pholcodine in the brain (sedative effects).
  • Do consult your doctor before using hydroquinone if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions



Is pholcodine the same as codeine?
No. Pholcodine and codeine are two different drugs that have similar uses (treatment of dry cough) and mechanism of action. Pholcodine has a lower tendency for drug dependence (addiction) and may be preferred in certain cases over codeine


Does pholcodine make you drowsy?
Yes. Drowsiness is a side effect of pholcodine use.

Content on this page was last updated on 02 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)