Is Codeine a Depressant or a Sedative?
Codeine is a prescription opioid that can be given to people on its own to help with mild to moderate pain, and it can also be prescribed as a cough suppressant. Codeine is commonly used in a variety of combination medicines, such as with acetaminophen for better pain relief, or in cough syrups.
Codeine converts back to morphine once it reaches the brain, and then it binds to opioid receptors. This changes how the user senses pain, and it increases their tolerance for pain. It can also cause side effects like drowsiness, nausea or vomiting.
Codeine has a risk of abuse and addiction as well, which is true of all drugs in the opioid class.
People frequently wonder, is codeine a depressant and is codeine a sedative. Below are answers to those common questions.
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