Codeine Abuse

Codeine is a prescription-only pain medication classified as an opioid. It is mainly used to treat mild to moderately severe pain and suppress coughing. It has a tendency to be addictive just like many other opiates. Addiction to codeine starts gradually as the tolerance to the drug increases and higher doses are taken. Some of the most common symptoms of codeine abuse are nausea, vomiting, breathing problems, drowsiness, stomach pain, constipation, and itching. In some cases, the drug may affect the ability to perform mental or physical tasks properly. Loss of vision and seizures are also possible in some extreme cases. Although codeine is not as addictive as some of the other opiates, it can still get a person started on the wrong path, which may lead to other drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, or even heroin in the long run. Codeine comes in a number of prescription-only formulations, and a person might abuse codeine without even knowing it. Some of the well-known brand names of codeine are Cotabflu, Maxiflu, Phenflu CD, Nalex AC, Empirin, and CapCof.

Codeine Abuse

Some of the alternate names used for codeine are listed below:

  • Lean: Lean is a drink made for recreational purposes, which makes the user extremely drowsy and often exhilarated. It’s a mixture of promethazine, codeine cough syrup and sprite.
  • Sizzurp: This is another specialized drink made from codeine that is used for recreational purposes. It is a mixture of codeine syrup, promethazine, a fruit flavored soda and a jolly rancher.
  • Syrup: This simply refers to the cough syrup that contains codeine and promethazine.
  • Purple: Codeine cough syrup is purple in color, so this street slang was coined to make a reference to the drug without attracting attention.
  • Drank: Another name for the cough syrup containing codeine.
  • Promethazine: Promethazine is a neuroleptic medication used to treat symptoms such as itching, runny nose, sneezing or itchy skin rashes. It is the main ingredient of the prescription drugs used to treat a cough along with codeine.
  • Opiate: Opiates are a group of drugs used for treating and reducing pain. They are derived from poppy plants, which naturally contain opiates. In the US, the FDA lists all opiates as controlled substances.
  • Opium: A narcotic drug obtained from the poppy plant and used for pain relief. It is highly addictive and labeled as a controlled substance in most countries.

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