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Codeine is indicated for the relief of acute and moderate pain. It may be prescribed when the pain is not relieved by other types of painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

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What is Codeine and what does it do?

Codeine is indicated for the relief of acute and moderate pain. It may be prescribed when the pain is not relieved by other types of painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Codeine belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics. In the body, codeine is broken down into morphine by the liver. It works by stimulating opiate receptors in the brain. When stimulated, these receptors reduce pain, however, they do not treat the cause of the pain.

When is Codeine prescribed?

Codeine may be prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain, for example, due to sciatica, Paget’s disease, shingles or as a pain relief following surgery. It is primarily prescribed when a milder painkiller has been tested but proved ineffective.

Is Codeine suitable for my condition?

This depends on a number of factors. Certain conditions and medicines can affect the suitability of codeine. Prolonged use of codeine can lead to addiction, and may not be suitable for patients suffering from alcoholism or other drug addiction.

Codeine may not be prescribed if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you are allergic to codeine, any other opioid analgesic or any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
  • If you have difficulty breathing or a chronic lung disease.
  • If you have suffered head injury or raised pressure in the skull (symptoms may include painful eyes, changes in vision or headache behind the eyes).
  • If you are having asthma attacks.
  • If you have liver failure.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are suffering from alcoholism, are at risk from a blocked intestine or severe stomach cramps caused by biliary colic.
  • If you have been told that you very rapidly metabolise codeine into morphine.

It is important that you include any medical condition you may have, both diagnosed and undiagnosed when you fill in the medical questionnaire.

What is the recommended dosage of Codeine?

You should follow the doctor’s instructions on how to take this medicine. The doses outlined below is for your reference only. Unless instructed differently by the doctor or pharmacist, take your tablet(s) with a glass of water.

Never exceed the stated dose.

Codeine doses for adults

For pain relief:

Take 30 - 60mg every four hours. Do not exceed 240mg (8 tablets) in any 24 hour period.

For diarrhoea:

Take 15 - 60mg three to four times a day.

For cough:

15 - 30mg three to four times a day.

Do not give to children under the age of 12.

Does Codeine cause any side effects?

All medicines can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Common side effects from taking codeine include:

  • Constipation.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Tiredness.
  • Feeling or being sick.

You can find more information about side effect in the patient information leaflet. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the possible side effects of this medicine so that you know when to seek medical care.

Can I reduce the risk of getting side effects?

Yes. You should always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before use as this can help reduce the risk of side effects and interactions between medicines. Below are a few things you can do:

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking codeine tablets.
  • While filling in the medical questionnaire, remember to include any other medicines you are taking. Codeine can affect how other medicines work, so it is important that you tell our doctors about all medicine you take. Don’t forget to also include over the counter medication and supplements.

How do I buy Codeine online?

To legally and safely buy codeine online you need a prescription from a GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctor. Our online doctor service allows you to request a prescription through a medical questionnaire.

Once you have chosen your medicine and submitted the questionnaire, it will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If suitable, the doctor will accept your request and a prescription will be issued. Your medicine will then be dispensed by our UK pharmacy and sent by tracked delivery to your chosen address. Your medicine is usually dispatched within 24 hours after ordering.

Pain Relief & Addiction

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