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Codeine is a potent analgesic, belonging to the opioid group, which can be used to relieve moderate pain, in addition to having an antitussive effect, as it blocks the cough reflex at the brain level.
It can be marketed under the names Codein, Belacodid, Codaten and Codex, and in addition to being used separately, it can also be consumed together with other simple analgesics, such as Dipyrone or Paracetamol, for example, to potentiate its effect.
This medication can be purchased in pharmacies, in the form of pills, syrup or injectable ampoule, for a price of around 25 to 35 reais, upon presentation of a medical prescription.
What is it for
Codeine is an analgesic drug of the opioid class, which is indicated for:
- Treatment of pain of moderate intensity or that does not improve with other, simpler analgesics. In addition, to enhance its effect, Codeine is usually sold together with dipyrone or paracetamol, for example.
- Treatment of dry cough, in some cases, as it reduces the cough reflex.
See other remedies that can be used to treat dry cough.
How to use
For analgesic effect in adults, Codeine should be used at a dose of 30 mg or the dose indicated by the doctor, every 4 to 6 hours, and the maximum dose of 360 mg per day should not be exceeded.
For children, the recommended dose is 0.5 to 1 mg/kg of body weight every 4 to 6 hours.
For cough relief, a lower dose is used, which can be between 10 and 20 mg, every 4 or 6 hours, for adults and children over 6 years.
Some side effects of using Codeine include drowsiness, constipation, abdominal pain, sweating, and confused senses.
Who should not use
The use of Codeine is contraindicated in persons allergic to any of the components of the formula, in pregnancy, in children under 3 years of age, persons with acute respiratory depression, diarrhea caused by poisoning and associated with pseudomembranous colitis or in case of cough with expectoration.