Codeine is used to relieve pain, and sometimes for other conditions such as diarrhoea.
Take codeine as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.
If codeine is taken regularly and it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with codeine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Slow or shallow breathing, hard to wake up
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Confusion, mood changes
Tummy pain (new or getting worse)
|Tell your doctor|
|Take your prescribed laxatives. Tell your doctor|
Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth or throat
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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