What is codeine used for?
Codeine is a cough suppressant, pain reliever, and antidiarrheal drug.
How should I take codeine?
Read the directions on the packaging for complete information. Check the label and expiration date.
For oral dosage forms, swallow it whole without chewing, crushing, or dissolving it in liquid. Take it with meals to prevent gastric irritation.
How do I store codeine?
This product is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer.
There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. So, it is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, it is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using codeine?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
- An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
- Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Do not take this preparation or other drugs that contain codeine while pregnant or breastfeeding. There is evidence that codeine and other opioids can cause negative effects on the baby including poor growth, preterm birth, still birth, birth defects, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. There is also an increased risk of maternal death.
If you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this drug, talk to your doctor right away for re-evaluation of your treatment plan.
What side effects can occur from codeine?
Like all drugs, this product may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include: