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Codeine is a painkilling medication. Its primary purpose is for the management and treatment of pain for instance, injuries from an operation or surgery.

What is Codeine?

Codeine is a pain medicine. However, don’t be surprised if others use this pill to treat persistent coughing and diarrhoea. Codeine works for these conditions, too. Codeine is the appropriate medicine for chronic pain when other pain tablets like paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin do not work. 

Take note that when purchasing Codeine, you must have a prescription as it contains opioids, which are potentially addictive. 

Codeine: How Does it Work?

Analgesics are a class of medicine used to treat and manage pain. Codeine falls under this class as an opioid analgesic. Once ingested, codeine blocks the pain signals as well as your eventual reaction to pain. This medication helps to treat mild to moderate pain.

Doctor-Prescribed Codeine for Other Conditions

Codeine is a strong pain-relieving medicine that can be used for numerous other conditions some of which are listed below. 

But it is important to remember that you may only take Codeine as prescribed by your doctor and not for self-medication. 

Listed below are some of the ailments for which your physician may prescribe Codeine.

Persistent and Dry Cough

Codeine is an antitussive medicine that can greatly help in suppressing coughs. Codeine causes a reaction in the brain that reduces your urge to cough. 

Your physician will most likely recommend Codeine if you have a dry cough, which is when you have persistent coughing without phlegm. It is so effective in treating coughs that it is recognized as a cough suppressant “gold standard”.  


Diarrhoea is an ailment in which you have the frequent and urgent need to often pass watery stool. Another effective use of Codeine is to treat diarrhoea. 

Be warned, however, that Codeine is highly addictive and is not an advisable treatment for chronic diarrhoea. Because of this addictive side effect, Codeine serves only as an alternative to Loperamide which should be your first option when treating diarrhoea.


The main use of Codeine is to treat and relieve pain. Codeine works by altering how your nervous system and brain responds to pain. Unlike other painkillers, you may use Codeine with other pills like paracetamol or acetaminophen, to better ease your pain. Codeine combined with paracetamol produces Co-codamol, a strong pain medication.. 

How is Codeine Used?

Remember, you can only take Codeine when prescribed by a physician. It is recommended that you take this drug after a full meal so as not to feel nauseated afterward. 

Although you may take Codeine anytime, it is better to take it at the same time every day. You must provide an appropriate gap between each dosage. 

The recommended dosage for adult patients is 1 to 2 pills every 4 to 6 hours. Take Codeine as instructed by your doctor. If your symptoms persist, immediately see your physician for a consultation. .

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