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What is codeine phosphate?

Codeine phosphate is a drug used to treat pain, cough, and diarrhea. It is made from opium or morphine and binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Codeine phosphate is a type of opiate, a type of analgesic agent, a type of antitussive agent, and a type of antidiarrheal agent

It is made from opium or morphine and binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Codeine phosphate is a type of opiate, a type of analgesic agent, a type of antitussive agent, and a type of antidiarrheal agent

What is codeine phosphate use for?

Codeine is used for the short-term relief of mild to moderate pain. It should only be used when other forms of non-opioid pain relief have not been successful in managing pain or are not tolerated. Codeine is not usually recommended for the treatment of chronic pain.

How does codeine phosphate work?

Codeine works directly on opioid receptors in the central nervous system and reduces feelings of pain by interrupting the way nerves signal pain between the brain and the body.

It also suppresses the activity in the brain that controls coughing.

Possible side effects of taking codeine phosphate

All opioids, including codeine, can have side effects including life-threatening breathing problems. The risk of these is higher:

  • when first taking codeine
  • after a dosage increase
  • if you are older
  • if you have an existing lung problem

The side effects of codeine are similar to those of other opioids, and include:

  • constipation
  • nausea and stomach cramps
  • mood changes
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • feeling faint
  • inability to sleep and unusual dreams

Always take medicines exactly as prescribed your doctor.

Associated risks of codeine phosphate

Opioids are strong pain medicines and can cause life-threatening breathing problems.

codeine phosphate

If you take codeine, you may become dependent on this medicine even if you take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will monitor how you use codeine, to reduce your risk of harm, including through misuse, abuse and addiction.

Continue to take codeine phosphate for as long as your doctor tells you to. If you stop taking codeine suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Codeine may make it difficult for you to drive or operate heavy machinery. If you have recently started taking codeine or another opioid medication, or the dosage has changed, you may be at higher risk of having an accident.

If your kidney or liver function is impaired, your doctor may decide that codeine in not appropriate for you. There are other factors that may limit your use of codeine — for example, if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that can cause drowsiness.

Your doctor is the best person to advise you on whether codeine is the right medicine for you, how much you need and how long to take it for.

You can also develop tolerance when you take codeine — this means that you may need to take larger amounts of the opioid to get the same effect. As the dosage increases, so does the risk of side effects.

Some alternatives to codeine

Everyone’s pain is unique, and different pain-relief medicines will work in different circumstances. Some people’s pain will respond well to non-opioid medicines, which are generally associated with fewer risks and side effects.

Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before making any change to the dosage or type of medicine you take.

If you have chronic (long-term) pain, your doctor might suggest lifestyle changes to help manage the discomfort. This may include physical fitness and activity pacing, social activities, relaxation techniques and overall health management.

You can find more information here about options for managing chronic pain.

If you are taking codeine to suppress your cough, there are several other medicines available over the counter at a pharmacy. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what may be a suitable alternative for you.

key facts

  • Codeine is an opioid pain-relief medicine used for the short-term relief of mild to moderate pain.
  • It is not usually recommended for the treatment of chronic (long-term) pain.

 

  • Codeine is only available on prescription from your doctor.
  • If you stop taking codeine suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

 

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