Paracetamol and Codeine | Codeine and Paracetamol Tablets and Side Effects
Codeine is a relatively mild prescription opioid given to patients to help treat moderate pain and cough. It’s sometimes also used to treat diarrhea. Codeine may be mild when compared to other opioids, but there are still risks that come with the use of this medication including physical dependence and addiction.
When someone takes codeine, it converts back to morphine when it reaches their brain, and then binds to opioid receptors. When this happens, it suppresses their cough reflex and sensations of pain, and it also depresses the central nervous system.
Codeine, as with other opioids, can also trigger a flood of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, and this can cause a euphoric high in some people, particularly when larger doses are taken. This is one of the reasons codeine can be addictive, although the risk of addiction is lower when you take it for a short period and as prescribed by your physician.
Codeine is also often combined with other drugs to increase its effectiveness, and one of those is paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen.
Below is more information about the combination of paracetamol and codeine, and an overview of codeine and paracetamol tablets and side effects.
- The paracetamol codeine dosage for the oral liquid form of the drug is 15 mL every four hours as needed for adults
- For children ages 7 to 12 taking the liquid, it’s 10 mL 3 or 4 times a day, and for children ages 3 to 6 it’s 5 mL 3 or 4 times a day
- For tablet paracetamol codeine dosages, it’s 1 to 2 tablets every four hours as needed for pain in adults, and child dosages have to be determined by a doctor.
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