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Codeine is a prescription-only painkiller medication. While powerful, it is also considered an opiate, also known as a narcotic. They can be highly addictive, so it is important to only use this medication under the guidance and direction of a doctor.

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UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Pain. Below is what he has to say.

We've all experienced pain, headaches, sore muscles, arthritis and injuries. Pain can reach from mild to unbearable, but can nearly always be addressed by the right medications.

Sometimes, over the counter medicines such as paracetemol or ibuprofen can be enough, but if you have tried these and they haven't helped, a doctor may be able to prescribe you something more effective.

Remember, stronger pain medications can have potential drawbacks. Opioids can be highly addictive and should only be used under a doctor's supervision.

Discontinuing these medications suddenly after prolonged use can cause withdrawal symptoms so you should never do this without professional advice.

If you need a stronger pain medication, such as dihydrocodeine, codeine or co codamol, the online doctor's service at UK Meds may be able to help you.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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Codeine

Codeine is a painkiller. It's used to treat pain, for example after an operation or an injury. It's also used when common painkillers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol, haven't worked. It is also used to treat diarrhoea. It is available on prescription.

It is a narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone. It frequently is combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin for more effective pain relief.

It is also an opiate used to treat pain, as cough medicine, and for diarrhoea. It is typically used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain. Greater benefit may occur when combined with paracetamol (acetaminophen) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Codeine and other opioids can be habit forming. Although much less potent in this regard than morphine, it can produce drug dependence a.d. therefore, has the potential for being abused. Patients given 60 mg every 6 hours for 2 months usually show some tolerance and mild withdrawal symptoms. Development of the dependent state is recognized by an increased tolerance to the analgesic effect and the appearance of purposive phenomena (complaints, pleas, demands, or manipulative actions) shortly before the time of the next scheduled dose.

Codeine Phosphate

Codeine phosphate is the full name of this medicine. It is a medicine which is used for pain relief and requires a prescription in the UK. It is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. It is used to treat mild to moderately severe pain.

The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case with shingles or sciatica, it is usually treated with tablets that change the way the central nervous system works. The aim of taking medication is to improve your quality of life. All painkillers have potential side effects, so you need to weigh up the advantages of taking them against the disadvantages.

Paracetamol

Paracetamol is used to treat headaches and most non-nerve pains. Two 500mg tablets of paracetamol up to four times a day is a safe dose for adults. Side effects are not common and this dose can be taken regularly for long periods. Overdosing on paracetamol can cause serious side effects, however, so don't be tempted to increase the dose if your pain is severe. If the pain lasts for more than three days, see your GP.

Ibuprofen

So-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen, seem to work better when there is clear evidence of an inflammatory cause, such as arthritis or an injury. They should not be used for long periods unless you have discussed it with your doctor. If you take them for long periods, there's an increased risk of stomach upset, including bleeding, and kidney and heart problems. Don't take more Ibuprofen than the recommended dose, as this will increase the risk of serious side effects.

Aspirin

Aspirin is another type of NSAID. It produces the same kind of side effects as other NSAIDs, but is not as effective as a painkiller, which means it's not usually prescribed for pain. It is dangerous for children under 16.

Codeine doesn’t work very well on its own. It works better when combined with paracetamol in a single pill. You can buy co-codamol (paracetamol and low-dose codeine) over the counter. Higher-dose opioids have to be prescribed. Medium-strength prescribed painkillers can cause dependency, which means that when you stop taking them you may feel unwell for a short period. If you need more and more of these drugs, contact your GP or other healthcare professional for advice.

Soluble painkillers

Effervescent painkillers are high in salt, containing up to 1g per tablet. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. You may want to consider switching to a non-effervescent painkiller, especially if you've been advised to watch or reduce your salt intake.

Amitriptyline and gabapentin vs Codeine

Amitriptyline is a drug for depression and gabapentin is a drug for epilepsy. Each of these medicines can also be used to treat pain caused by nerve sensitivity or nerve damage, such as shingles, diabetes nerve pain and sciatica. You don’t have to have depression or epilepsy for these tablets to help your nerve pain. Amitriptyline and gabapentin both have to be prescribed by a GP. Side effects include drowsiness and dizziness.

Morphine vs Codeine

Morphine and morphine-like drugs (such as oxycodone, fentanyl and buprenorphine) are the strongest painkillers there are. Some come as a patch, but they all work in similar ways and should only be used for severe pain. They will only be prescribed after consultation with your GP or a pain specialist. The dose and your response will be closely monitored. These drugs should only be used as part of a long-term plan to manage your pain. You can learn more about painkillers here.

Seek emergency medical attention if a child taking this medicine has any of the following life-threatening side effects: noisy breathing, sighing, slow breathing with long pauses between breaths; being unusually sleepy or hard to wake up; blue colored lips.

How Codeine is Used

  • It is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, coughing and diarrhoea.
  • Codeine is an opioid analgesic, sometimes known as a painkiller.
  • It is used to give relief by mimicking the action of endorphins which are pain-reducing chemicals that occur naturally in the body. It also relieves coughing by suppressing the cough reflex which reduces the nerve signals that travel from the coughing centre in the brain to the muscles that produce the coughing. By acting on opioid receptors in muscles lining the walls of the intestine, it also enables the body to produce firmer stools that are passed less often, relieving the symptoms of diarrhoea.
  • In general, it is used treat mild to moderate pain, diarrhoea and cough.
  • Benefits of being on this medication can include relief from the symptoms of diarrhoea with firmer less frequent stools, and a reduction in coughing.

It is a narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone. Moreover, a small amount is converted to morphine in the body. The precise mechanism of action is not known; however, like morphine, it binds to receptors in the brain (opioid receptors) that are important for transmitting the sensation of pain throughout the body and brain. It increases tolerance to pain, decreasing discomfort, but it will still be apparent to the patient. In addition to reducing pain, it also causes sedation drowsiness and depresses breathing. It frequently is combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin for more effective relief.

Codeine as a Pain Reliever

Codeine is used to relieve physical suffering, coughing and diarrhoea. It is an opioid analgesic, sometimes known as a painkiller. It is used to reduce pain by mimicking the action of endorphins which are pain-reducing chemicals that occur naturally in the body.

It is also used to relieve mild to moderate muscle discomfort, coughing and diarrhoea. It is an opioidanalgesic, sometimes known as a painkiller. It functions by mimicking the action of endorphins which are pain-reducing chemicals that occur naturally in the body. It is an opioid analgesic (discomfort reliever) drug used to treat many causes of mild to moderate pain. It can also be used to treat diarrhoea or irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence it is useful in treating discomfort from cancer but comes with the extra risk of side effects.

Opioids are habit forming (addictive). Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term relief. Using during pregnancy can cause opioid withdrawal syndrome in the newborn, which may be life-threatening if not treated. You will need a prescription to buy this medication.

It is an opioid analgesic (pain reliever) drug used to treat many causes of mild to moderate pain. It is available in generic form. The full name and the term most commonly searched for when having been prescribed this drug is Codeine Phosphate. It sometimes is prescribed with various combinations of other drugs, including paracetamol (when combined becomes co codamol), Tylenol, Aspirin and Ibuprofen. It is known to develop dependence, and a sudden stop of using this medication can result in withdrawal symptoms. Consult with your physician to reduce and lessen the risk this will happen.

The most common prescription you can buy is Codeine 30 mg, and if you were prescribed this dosage, you would be able to purchase it above. Be certain to use a credible pharmacy. It is incredibly useful to order from a site with a doctors service, such as ours. If you do not have a prescription, we may be able to provide an electronic prescription for you, assuming you respond appropriately to our questionnaire.

It is sold in the form of tablets, pills and capsules. These are all names for essentially the same thing, meds that can be bought over the internet. You can get them from our doctor's service. Simply click the consultation button above to begin. They can be purchased in 30mg tablets.

Codeine 15mg Tablets

Brand name: Paracetamol 500 mg and Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 15 mg (Medreich). For temporary relief of acute moderate pain. This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine. It is used to treat mild-to-moderate types of pain. The most common side-effects are feeling sick, constipation, feeling sleepy, and dry mouth. This medication may affect your reactions. When you first start treatment, do not drive until you know how you react.

Codeine 30mg Tablets

Codeine is an opiate pain medication that's sometimes referred to as a narcotic. Its active ingredient is found in many different medications that treat pain, cough, and diarrhea. Brand names of drugs for pain relief include Tylenol #3, Tylenol #4, Fiorinal, Fioricet, and Capital.

Codeine Tablets

Codeine is an alkaloid obtained from opium or prepared from morphine by methylation and occurs as white crystals. Codeine effloresces slowly in dry air and is effected by light. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Codeine phosphate can also be used to treat coughing and diarrhoea. It is an opioid analgesic, sometimes known as a painkiller. It mimicks the action of endorphins which are pain-reducing chemicals that occur naturally in the body.

Over The Counter?

Many people wonder whether this medicine can be purchased over the counter. The answer is no; you need a prescription. However, don't let that get you down -- you do not have to visit the doctor to get the prescription. You can be given an electronic prescription. Simply click the button to start your consultation. Depending on how you respond to our questionnaire, we may be able to sell to you today.

Codeine is an alkaloid obtained from opium or prepared from morphine by methylation and occurs as white crystals. It effloresces slowly in dry air and is effected by light. Each soluble tablet contains 30 mg (0.074 mmol) or 60 mg (0.15 mmol) of codeine phosphate. These tablets also contain lactose and sucrose. Soluble tablets of are freely soluble in water. They are intended for the preparation of solutions for parenteral administration. These tablets are not sterile. It is an analgesic.

In the UK, it is required to have a prescription in order to purchase it. Be certain when shopping online that you are dealing with a legitimate online pharmacy such as UK Meds. If you have one, you can check out now. If you do not, we may be able to provide an electronic prescription. Our doctors can assist you in getting a prescription to if this is the case.

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