If regular painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen aren't relieving your pain, you may want to try a medicine containing codeine. …read moreSee less
Codeine is a type of medicine called an opiate, which works in the brain and central nervous system to block pain signals to the rest of the body. We have a range of products containing codeine from top pain relief brands like Solpadeine and Nurofen.
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Does codeine have any side effects?
Codeine absolutely can have side effects, as most medications do, and these are on top of the potential addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
Lots of people won’t experience any side effects at all when taking codeine, and others may just see minor side effects, but others can experience symptoms that are more serious.
Some of the most common side effects of codeine include:
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Feeling drowsy
- Feeling confused
- Dry mouth
Is codeine addictive?
Yes, codeine can be addictive. Codeine is a highly effective but highly addictive drug if taken incorrectly. You should be closely monitored when taking a medicine containing codeine, and you shouldn’t be on it for a long period of time.
Is codeine an opioid?
Codeine belongs to a group of medicines known as opiates. They’re very effective at relieving pain, but they can also be addictive and cause side effects if they’re not taken correctly. You may be familiar with the drug morphine, another type of opioid.
What is co-codamol?
Co-codamol contains two painkillers, codeine and paracetamol, and is used to treat headaches including migraines, muscular pain and toothache. It’s usually recommended if everyday painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol have not worked on their own.