Codeine Is Habit Forming But Treatment Is Possible
Codeine is a medication commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It is typically prescribed for short lengths of time. It is important that only the person prescribed the medication take it. The prescribed patient should also be very conscientious about taking the proper doses, as codeine is a narcotic substance that is extremely addicting.
Codeine Cough Syrup With Promethazine
One of the most common ways codeine is prescribed, is in the form of a cough syrup. The antihistamine Promethazine is made into a cough syrup to suppress cough and codeine is added to this mixture. When a persistent cough is present, doctors will prescribe Codeine cough syrup in an effort to calm the cough and allow the patient to rest.
Tylenol With Codeine
Tylenol with Codeine is another popular way codeine is prescribed. Doctors will prescribe this mixture of Tylenol with codeine when an individual suffers from mild to moderate pain. When the two drugs are mixed together, the patient will experience better pain management than if one or the other was taken independently.
When pain is moderate to severe, Hydrocodone is typically prescribed rather than Tylenol with Codeine because it is stronger. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid made from the natural opiate, codeine. Hydrocodone is also an addictive substance, as it is even more powerful than codeine.
Codeine Side Effects
The side effects of codeine are usually minor, if present at all. Side effects from codeine include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nausea, anxiety and nervousness, weakness, and trouble sleeping. However, in rare cases, severe allergic reactions such as rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth, or face occur and medical attention is should be sought out. Medical attention is also needed if irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, and seizures are present, and if light-headedness, dizziness, or headache is severe.
Codeine Street Names
Codeine has several names when being discussed or illegally purchased. Codeine is often referred to as T-three’s, schoolboy, cough syrup, and purple drank. The terms Vikes, Hydro, and Norco are commonly used when referring to Hydrocodone.
Because codeine is a narcotic and the effects are similar to other opiates, many people become addicted to this drug. Opiate addiction can lead to numerous physiological and psychological problems. Opiate addicts should seek treatment to rid themselves of their drug habit. Codeine, like other opiates, are difficult to stop using because there are not only mental withdrawal symptoms like agitation and anxiety, but physical ones as well including muscle aches, runny nose, sweating, insomnia, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. While these symptoms cause extreme discomfort to the withdrawing addict, recovery is possible. Many facilities and programs are dedicated to detoxifying the opiate addict as comfortably as possible.