Codeine

What is Codeine?

Codeine or 3-methylmorphine (a naturally occurring methylated morphine) is an opiate used for its pain, as a cough medicine, and for diarrhea. It is often sold as a salt in the form of either codeine sulfate or codeine phosphate in the United States and Australia; codeine hydrochloride is more common worldwide and the citrate, hydroiodide, hydrobromide, tartrate, and other salts are also seen.

Codeine is the second-most predominant alkaloid in opium, at up to three percent. Although codeine can be extracted from natural sources, a semi-synthetic process is the primary source of codeine for pharmaceutical use. It is considered the prototype of the weak to midrange opioids (tramadol, dextropropoxyphene, dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone).

It is on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.

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I am having severe pain the first time after taking my prescription for codeine for cough. How can I alleviate
this pain?...

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Brief Answer:
Please give details of the pain

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Welcome and thanks for your query.
Please let me know where the pain is....

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Does ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 300-30mg cause constipation?  YYYY@YYYY . 

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Brief Answer:
yes

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acetaminophen does not cause constipation but codeine does. Although the dose is not high in each pill,...

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My son was diagnosed with slight pnemonia he finished his 10 day course of lEva XXXXXXX he took his last steroid of prednisone today and is still...

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Brief Answer:
Mucus will loosen through inhalation with steam

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Dear Patient,

promethazin and codeine will not loosen the mucus, but...

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