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General Information on Codeine

Generic Name : Codeine

Pronunciation : KOE deen

Latest prescription information about Codeine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Expectorant and Cough Products

Why is Codeine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a narcotic analgesic, prescribed for pain and cough. It is also used for diarrhea. 

When should Codeine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Codeine?

Adult: PO- Pain- 30-60 mg 4 hourly. Max: 240 mg/day.
Cough suppressant- 15-30 mg 3-4 times/day. Max: 240 mg/day.
Acute diarrhea- 30 mg 3-4 times/day.
IV/IM/SC- Pain- 30-60 mg 4 hourly. Max: 240 mg/day.

How should Codeine be taken?

It comes as syrup to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Codeine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of head injury; brain tumor, epilepsy, mental illness; lung diseases, breathing problems, prostate enlargement, urinary problems, low blood pressure, Addison’s disease, allergies, thyroid, pancreatic, intestinal, gallbladder, liver or kidney disease and during pregnancy and lactation.

• Reduce dose in elderly or debilitated patients.

• It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication, and get up slowly from bed.

• Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Codeine?

•  Most Common: Lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting and sweating.
•  Central Nervous System: Elevated mood, anxiety, weakness, headache, sleeplessness, agitation, disorientation and visual disturbances.
•  Gastrointestinal: Dry mouth, loss of appetite, constipation and biliary tract spasm.
•  Heart: Flushing of the face, slow heart rate, palpitation and fainting.
•  Genitourinary: Urinary retention or hesitancy, absence of urination, reduced sexual activity and/or potency.
•  Allergic: Itching, hives, rash, swelling and rarely bleeding.

What are the other precautions for Codeine?

Take proper diet, otherwise it may lead to constipation.

What are the storage conditions for Codeine?

Oral: Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30°C).


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sir, i have a need of 10 c/s of codiene phosphate

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