Codeine is an opiate that is used for its analgesic, anti-anxiety, sedative, hypnotic, anti-hypertensive, antitussive, and antidiarrheal properties. The drug is sometimes used to slow or suppress premature labor contractions in pregnant women and is also prescribed to treat myocardial infraction. Codeine also has many other medical uses, and, though very unfortunate, it is also widely abused through recreational use.
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Because codeine is one of the most widely used narcotics in the field of medical treatment, it is very important to have a solid understanding of the drug, its uses and the dangerous effects that may occur when the drug is taken improperly or if a codeine allergy is present. This drug is widely prescribed to treat pain and other conditions partly because it has a wide safety margin and, though widely effective for the treatment of pain, has a much lower strength than morphine and similar opiate based drugs. It should be noted that differences in the way that codeine is metabolized can change the effectiveness of the drug.
Why is Codeine Prescribed?
The most common medical purpose for codeine is to treat mild to moderate pain but the drug is also sometimes used to reduce coughing associated with bronchitis, whooping cough of other chronic cough. When prescribed to treat cough, codeine is usually prescribed with other medications that also work to reduce coughing. This can be very effective for adult patients but is not a recommended method of cough suppressant for children under 16 years old.
When prescribed to treat pain, codeine is usually combined with acetaminophen or aspirin. While the medication can help to relieve symptoms it is not a treatment for symptoms and will not work to speed the recovery process. In instances of pain, other physical therapy, rest or treatments may be required to fulfill the recovery and in instances in which codeine is prescribed for cough, other medications must also be prescribed or precautions taken to cure the cause of the cough.