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