Codeine Sulfate, sulfate 60 mg, round, white, imprinted with 60, 54 412
What is the most important information I should know about codeine?
MISUSE OF OPIOID MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 12 years old, or anyone under 18 who recently had surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids.
Taking opioid medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use opioid medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
What is codeine?
Codeine is an opioid medication used to treat mild to moderately severe pain.
Codeine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Codeine works by stopping pain signals from travelling along the nerves to the brain.
The most common side effects of codeine are constipation, feeling sick (nausea) and feeling sleepy.
It’s possible to become addicted to codeine, but this is rare if you’re taking it to relieve pain and your doctor is reviewing your treatment regularly.
It may be best not to drink alcohol while taking codeine as you’re more likely to get side effects like feeling sleepy.
Do not give codeine to children under 12 years old. Only give codeine to children aged 12 to 18 years if everyday painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen haven’t worked.
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