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Codeine (Phosphate) 30mg Tablets

How This Drug Addresses the Problem of Chronic Pain

What is Codeine?

It is an opioid, a type of pain medication. Their purpose is to treat mild to severe pain. They can be useful when other painkiller medications have not been effective. They work by binding to certain areas, called "opioid receptors", in your brain and spinal cord, (central nevous system). This changes the way that you perceive discomfort.

It is found within a number of medicines, some of which can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies without a prescription. It is found in paracetamol and in a medicine called co-codamol. Otherwise, you can only receive this drug by a doctor's prescription. Opioids are sometimes called narcotics. There main purpose for prescription use is to treat chronic aches.

There has been a lot of discussion about the definition of chronic pain. There are some who define it according to how long you endure pain. Acute pain happens over the course of 1 to 6 months, whereas chronic is defined as lasting more than 6 months. There has also been an alternative definition which does not include any given length of time. This definition states that it takes a longer than expected time to heal.

Before You Buy Codeine

Certain medical conditions would prevent a person from taking this medicine. Extra care should be taken if any of these following conditions exist. Be sure to consult your doctor and make sure he knows if you:

  • are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • have a problem with you liver or kidneys.
  • have problems passing urine or with your prostate.
  • have issues breathing, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • have an abnormal heart rhythm or low blood pressure.
  • have thyroid problems or issues with your adrenal glands.
  • are epileptic.
  • have a problem with your bile duct or with gallstones.
  • have an inflammatory bowl problem or have been constipated for more than a week.
  • have a condition causing muscle weakness.
  • have had a recent severe head injury.
  • have been dependent on alcohol or drugs.
  • have had an allergic reaction to any medicine.
  • are currently taking other medicines, including those available without a prescription, or herbal medicines.

Codeine is regularly prescribed for severe, chronic pain. There are many different types, there are those which are felt from within the muscle tissue, or around joints and specific muscle groups. Modern soldiers, specifically infantry men, have been known to have lifelong problems due to the weight of equipment that they carry. Infantry personnel can carry up to 90 lbs. on their body. With their bags and supplies, they can carry as much as 140 to 150 lbs., in total. Carrying excessive weight daily for years can do a lot of damage to muscles and joints. Besides PTSD, plenty of service men have issues that they endure for the rest of their life.

Another reason for the discussions is because a lot more people have it, or report to having it. A recent study in different countries has shown that anywhere from 10.1% to 55.2% of a country’s population can have it.

Causes of Chronic Pain

Occupational hazards may be a leading cause. Variations of carpal tunnel syndrome never really heal. This is usually caused by using the computer for long stretches of time. The keyboard and mouse can cause chronic ache to joints and nerves from the fingers up to the neck. Programmers, clerks and secretaries who type for long hours can also experience ailments within other body parts, including the back, shoulders and knees.

For some, another cause of discomfort would be the person’s weight. When a person quickly gets heavier, the body usually is not adapted to carry the additional weight. One such case is an ache due to plantar fasciitis. This is felt as a discomfort emanating from the heel.

Severe aching is a joke, although some people think that it does not really exist. The thought disappears, however, when they acquire the symptoms. The pain is usually a numbing ache which is located at a specific location. It can also be a stabbing ache which occurs frequently, and also located at a specific body part.

When it becomes intense, pain killers are needed. This is not your over the counter, paracetamol or ibuprofen, but something much stronger and more aggressive. It is a frequently prescribed medicine for pain. This drug is similar to hydrocodone as well as morphine primarily because, once ingested, the body converts a small portion into morphine. The drug works by inhibiting receptors from transmitting the sensation of discomfort through the brain as well as the whole body.

Doctors commonly prescribe this drug with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin in order to alleviate severe discomfort more effectively. This drug is an FDA-approved drug.

Getting The Most Relief From Your Treatment

When in severe pain, you are likely interested in getting the biggest relief possible. There are steps you can take to maximize how beneficial this medication will be. Taking these steps will ensure that you get the most out of using tablets:

  • Do not drink alcohol during your treatment. This will increase the side effects of alcohol, such as sleepiness and drowsiness.
  • Do not use the drug for longer than is necessary. Repeated use over an extended period of time will cause severe withdrawal symptoms, causing you to feel restless and irritable. You doctor can recommend how to safely stop using this pain medicine while minimizing withdrawal symptoms.
  • This drug is normally only prescribed for short time spans. If taking it over a longer period, your body will become accustomed to it and it will begin not working as well as it originally did. This phenomenon is called "tolerance".
  • If visiting the dentist, notify your attendants that you are currently taking an opioid.
  • If buying medicine, be certain to verify with the pharmacist that the drug is safe to take when you buy codeine.

How Does It Work?

It works by treating mild to moderate pain. It belongs to the group of opioid pain medication.

This is a mild painkiller that is used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain. These are also called an opiate or type of opioid medicine. It is also prescribed as an alternative to paracetamol and ibuprofen. The drug works by adhering to opioid receptors in the body's central nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord. By doing this, it alleviates the person's perception of pain and his reaction to it.

It can also be found in other combination drugs. But in its plain form, it can only be bought with a prescription.

What to Remember

Before taking this drug, it would be important to consider certain conditions. If you are suffering from any of these, let your doctor know immediately:

  • 1. Pregnant or suspected to be pregnant
  • 2. Breast Feeding
  • 3. Have Liver Problems
  • 4. Have Kidney Problems
  • 5. Have Epilepsy
  • 6. Have Galstone problems
  • 7. Are Constipated
  • 8. Suffered a severe head injury
  • 9. Is currently on medication
  • 10. Have a history of alcohol or drug addiction

How To Take It

To prevent overdose or adverse reactions, patients must follow the dosage given by the doctor. The common dose is 30 to 60mg every four hours. There is also a maximum daily dose of 240 mg. It is best taken on a full stomach.
Some people are allergic to it, and there are also some who exhibit side effects and other symptoms. The symptoms include drowsiness, light headedness, dizziness, and shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, constipation, itching, or rash.

More serious problems can include seizures, confusion, near-fainting, slow heart rate and shallow breathing.

Codeine is not ideal for long-term use. It may become habit forming and cause mental dependence. Some withdrawal symptoms may be experienced, which is why people are advised to slowly wean them off the drug.

Side Effects

If any of the following occurs, let your doctor know immediately:

  • Constipation
  • Difficult or troubled breathing
  • Dizziness, faintness, or light headedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • ast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse.
  • Feeling of warmth
  • Indigestion
  • Irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing.
  • Bloating
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Darkened urine
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • No blood pressure or pulse
  • Pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • Redness of face, arms, neck, and occasionally, upper chest
  • Stopping of the heart
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Wheezing
  • Light headedness
  • Nausea
  • No breathing
  • Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Side Effects of Codeine

    When any of the following occurs when you are taking codeine, let your doctor know immediately:

    • Constipation
    • Difficult or troubled breathing
    • Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    • Fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse.
    • Feeling of warmth
    • Indigestion
    • Irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing.
    • Bloating
    • Chills
    • Confusion
    • Darkened urine
    • Dizziness
    • Fainting
    • Fast, weak pulse
    • No blood pressure or pulse
    • Pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
    • Redness of the face, arms, neck, and occasionally, upper chest
    • Stopping of the heart
    • Unconsciousness
    • Vomiting
    • Fever
    • Wheezing
    • Light headedness
    • Nausea
    • No breathing
    • Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sweating
    • Unusual tiredness or weakness

    Please read the patient information leaflet available
    here

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