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Effects of Codeine Addiction

The effects of codeine can be very serious.

The effects that codeine has on the body will depend on a variety of different factors. The factors that determine the effects that codeine has may be as simple as the dosage administered, the weight and age of the individual taking the drug or the method of administration or they may be rather intricate and in depth and depend on things like liver and kidney function and race. Most of the time, the effects of codeine are mild to moderate pain relief that tends to last about 4 hours but again, this will depend on differences in individual lifestyle and health factors associated with the individual taking the medication.

Codeine is available in a oral tablet, oral solution, injectable solution and compounding powder but is most often prescribed as an oral tablet. The side effects associated with taking codeine are often more severe or problematic with patients who have renal disease or liver problems. In some patients, psychotic symptoms are also possible in those who take codeine so doctor supervision is recommended anytime this medication is prescribed.

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In some cases, allergic reaction while taking codeine may occur. Such a reaction may result in hives, labored or difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue or other reactions. If you or someone you know is prescribed codeine and seems to be having an allergic reaction to the drug, contact emergency medical attention immediately by calling 911. Life-threatening side effects can occur as a result of an allergic reaction to codeine.

Codeine also has effects on the central nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, and can cause physical dependence. Tolerance can build with prolonged use of codeine and may lead to addiction or to withdrawal symptoms when the medication is abruptly stopped after a prolonged period of use. Talk with you doctor or pharmacist about the steps that you can take to reduce your risk of codeine addiction and subsequent withdrawal from this drug.

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