Codeine Phosphate Linctus is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is also used, usually in combination with other medications, to reduce coughing.
Q. Is Codeine Phosphate Linctus addictive?
Yes, it is possible to become addicted to this medicine. Always follow your doctor's instructions to reduce the risks of becoming addicted.
Q. How will I know if I'm addicted to it?
If you're addicted to this medicine, you may want to take it more often or feel agitated if you delay taking a dose for any reason. And if you stop taking it suddenly you may suffer from withdrawal symptoms (feeling irritable or anxious, trouble sleeping, faster heartbeat). Talk to your doctor for advice if you are worried about addiction.
Q. Will Codeine Phosphate Linctus affect my fertility?
There are no confirmed studies to show that Codeine Phosphate Linctus affects your fertility if taken for a short time and at normal doses. However, if you've been taking it for a long time and you are concerned about your fertility, or you are trying to get pregnant, speak to your doctor.
Q. Does Codeine Phosphate Linctus cause constipation?
Yes, you may experience severe constipation after taking this medicine. Include fiber-rich food and increase your water intake. You may also consult your doctor to prescribe you a laxative or stool softener to get some relief.
Q. Who is codeine not suitable for?
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has restricted the use of codeine to treat pain or cough in children younger than 12 years. This is because it poses serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years. Along with this, this medicine is also not recommended to breastfeeding mothers due to the risk of serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants. These include excess sleepiness, difficulty breastfeeding, or serious breathing problems which can be fatal.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 30th Sep 2021. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.