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Take codeine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Codeine can slow or stop your breathing. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.

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What is codeine?

Codeine is an opioid pain reliever which is used to treat mild to moderately severe pain and to help reduce coughing. Codeine is available as a single ingredient tablet and also available in multi ingredients products combined with other pain relieving medicines or cold and flu medicines.

It works in the central nervous system and the brain to block pain signals to the rest of the body. It also reduces the anxiety and stress caused by pain.

How to take it

Swallow your codeine tablet whole with a drink of water. Take it with, or just after, a meal or snack so it’s less likely to make you feel sick.

You can take codeine at any time of day but try to take it at the same times every day, and space your doses evenly.

If you’re taking codeine as a liquid, it will come with a plastic spoon or syringe to help you measure the correct amount. Ask your pharmacist for one if you do not have it. Do not measure the liquid with a kitchen teaspoon because it will not give the right amount.

Storing codeine

If you’ve been prescribed codeine, it’s particularly important to:

  • store it properly and safely at home
  • keep it out of the sight and reach of children
  • never share your medicine with anyone else

What are the possible side effects of taking codeine?

Common side effects

These common side effects of codeine happen in more than 1 in 100 people. There are things you can do to help cope with them:

Feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)

Feeling sleepy

Confusion (unable to concentrate or think clearly, muddled thoughts)

Feeling dizzy and vertigo
Dry mouth

If this advice does not help and any of these side effects continue to bother you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects happen in less than 1 in 100 people.

Call a doctor or contact 111 now if you:

  • have muscle stiffness
  • get symptoms of low blood pressure, which include feeling dizzy and tired



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