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Codeine : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol

Interaction of Codeine with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Codeine is a narcotic analgesic, prescribed for pain and cough. It is also used for diarrhea.


Codeine Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit juice :Grapefruit juice interacts with codeine and reduces the analgesic property of the drug. Keep a gap of two to three hours between drug and the juice if you consume grapefruit juice regularly.
Marijuana (Cannabis) :When marijuana is taken along with codeine, it increases the state of drowsiness.

Codeine Interactions with Alcohol

When alcohol is taken by patients on codeine, it adds to the central nervous system (CNS) depressant effect of codeine.

How to Take the Medication -

You can take codeine as a tablet or a liquid orally with water. But, if you feel any signs of stomach irritation, you may take it with milk or food. It is often available as a combination with other medications. It is also available for injection.
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