What Is Codeine?
Codeine is a certain type of narcotic medication that is used for the treatment and relief of pain. It is broadly categorized in to the class of opiates and it has the effect of making a person sleepy after taking it. It can also reduce the senses and cause change in the mood and behavior of the user. Codeine is commonly used in the treatment of pain which ranges from mild to severe. Like most other narcotics and opioids, this drug is usually addictive and brings about undesirable effects after continuous use even if the use is for legitimate purposes.
Even when prescribed by doctor for the treatment of pain, the body tends to get use to the drug and develops some craving effect. Persons who have ever abused drugs in the past are at high risk of developing codeine dependency and addiction. Persons who have never abused drugs in the past can also develop dependency and so everyone is generally at risk.
Because of these side effects, the use of this medication should be avoided as much as possible because its use is likely to produce undesirable qualities in an individual. This medication should at all times be placed out of the reach of children. Alternative medication should be sought if possible and the used of this medication avoided if it is so possible.
Codeine should never be taken at the same time with alcohol. When alcohol is mixed with this medication, there may be very fatal and series side effects some of which may be life threatening. In fact, death can occur from the taking of alcohol before or after taking codeine.
To be on the safe side, it is always advisable that you check the labels of medication so as to be sure that they have no alcohol content if the medication will be taken together with codeine. Most medications for coughs contain alcohol and you should avoid them while taking codeine. When a person is abusing codeine, he or she should be very careful not to operate machinery because codeine causes serious drowsiness. It also causes lack of concentration and poor judgment.
This medication interferes with the capacity and capability of a person’s thinking and quick action. As stated earlier codeine should only be prescribed and taken as the most last option. If possible a different medication should be taken.
Whether the use is legitimate or illegitimate, codeine will cause serious side effects and may cause withdrawal symptoms once the user does not take the medication at such a time and dosage the body has been used to. The most common side effects include vomiting, dry mouth, stomach upsets, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation and various other such related events.
This medication can also cause excessive sweating, insomnia, low sexual function and skin rashes. The intensity of the symptoms is usually and always worse after long period of abuse. The effects will also be worse if huge quantities have been abused for long time. The withdrawal symptoms are very similar and as severe the symptoms of abuse. It is always advisable and recommended that any addicted person be taken through proper drug rehabilitation by a qualified professional 1-800-303-2482.