What is Codeine?

22nd October 2021

Often, the reason for pain is extremely obvious. A broken bone, a bruise or a cut. But there are a number of circumstances where the root cause can’t be seen. Did you know that there are different types of pain?

  • Pain that only lasts for a short-term, such as a sprained ankle, is known as Acute Pain.
  • Reoccurring pain that doesn’t just go away is known as both Chronic Pain and/or Persistent Pain. An example of this type of constant pain is back trouble or arthritis.
  • Pain that stops and returns regularly is called Recurrent and/or Intermittent Pain. An example of this pain is toothache.
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What is codeine?

Codeine is used to help you relieve mild to moderate pain symptoms. It does not treat the root cause of the pain, but it helps you to feel more comfortable. It can also be used in combination with other medications to help reduce coughing – this is done by decreasing the activity in the part of the brain that causes coughing. When codeine is used to treat pain, it works by altering the way your brain and nervous system both respond to pain. Codeine is often used in combination with other medications including acetaminophen, aspirin, carisoprodol, and promethazine and is sometimes an ingredient in many cough and cold medications.

How do I take codeine?

It is crucial that you take codeine as prescribed by your prescriber. It’s recommended that you take codeine with, or just after a meal so that you don’t feel nausea. You can take codeine any time of the day, however, try to take it at the same time each day to establish a routine, meaning you will be more likely to take it, and space your dose accordingly. 

For adult patients, take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours. Take the tablet as a whole with a glass full of water. Take codeine continuously for as long as advised by your doctor. If any of your symptoms persists, you must speak to medical professional to get advice moving forward.

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Does codeine have any side effects?

Like all medications, codeine does have side effects. However, most people do not experience any side effects at all whilst taking the medication. You are more likely to experience side effects if you take a higher dosage. 

Common side effects can happen in 1 out of 100 people. The side effects should alleviate once you have stopped taking the medication but if they do not, or if they are bothering you, it is best to speak to your GP. 

  • Headaches
  • Unexplained stomach pains
  • Trouble urinating

The following side effects are slightly less common and if they occur, it is recommended that you urgently seek advice from a medical professional:

  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Shivering
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Twitching
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty getting or keeping an erection
  • Irregular periods
  • A decrease in your sexual desire
  • Noisy or shallow breathing
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Changes in vision
  • Seizures

How do I buy codeine online?

You can safely buy codeine online at EU Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before you can buy codeine. The online consultation will ensure that codeine is the right medication for your medical condition.