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What is Codeine?
Codeine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain medicines.
Codeine is used to treat mild to moderate pain.
Codeine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
What class of treatment is Codeine?
* Central Nervous System Agents / Analgesics / Narcotic Analgesics
* Respiratory Agents / Antitussives
What are the possible side effects of Codeine?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic
reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue,
serious side effects:
* shallow breathing, slow heartbeat
* feeling light-headed, fainting
* confusion, agitation, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior
* seizure (convulsions); or
* problems with urination
Less serious side effects include:
* feeling dizzy or drowsy
* nausea, vomiting, constipation
* trouble sleeping (insomnia)
* loss of interest in sex
* dry mouth
* blurred vision; or
* mild skin rash
What should I avoid while taking Codeine?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. Dangerous side
effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with codeine. Check your
food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or
reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be
awake and alert.
How should I take Codeine?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Never take
codeine in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your
doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor
if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Take codeine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
Do not stop using codeine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal
symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when
stopping the medication.
Store codeine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this
medicine. Codeine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person
in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a
What happens if I miss a dose of Codeine?
Since codeine is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If
you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you
remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and
wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to
make up the missed dose.
What warnings do you have for Codeine?
The following warnings are available for this medication:
* Take as directed.
* Overdose may cause serious breathing problems.
* This prescription cannot be refilled.
* Federal law prohibits transfer of prescription.
* May cause drowsiness.