Codeine with Guaifenesin | Codeine Guaifenesin Cough Syrup
Codeine with guaifenesin or codeine guaifenesin cough syrup is a commonly prescribed medication and before going into the specifics of what it is, what is codeine on its own?
Codeine is an opiate drug that’s used to treat pain, as well as diarrhea and it’s a cough medicine. It’s available by prescription, and it’s intended for the treatment of pain that ranges in severity from mild to moderate. It’s often used in combination with other substances like paracetamol to be more effective, and it’s considered a controlled substance in the U.S. The duration of the effects of codeine is usually anywhere from four to six hours.
When someone takes codeine it converts to morphine in their brain and then it binds to opioid receptors. This suppresses pain as well as the activity of the central nervous system. Codeine can be abused to get high because it can trigger feelings of euphoria as it binds to opioid receptors, but the effects of high are often less with codeine as opposed to other prescription opioids. There is also the risk for addiction and dependence, although again as compared to other opioids this risk is somewhat lower.
Codeine not only relieves pain, but it is also used as a cough suppressant because it can affect signals in the brain that trigger a cough reflex.
Some of the common side effects of codeine include drowsiness, lightheadedness, itching, constipation, and vomiting.
While codeine may be less potent than other opioids, toxicity is also possible, and you can overdose not just on the codeine itself, but if you take a combination medicine that includes acetaminophen in doses that are too high, you can have liver failure or death.
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