Classification, uses, dosages, common side effects, interactions, generic and brand name
CLASSIFICATION: Opiate (narcotic) Analgesics and Antitussives
It is used for treating pain, cough and diarrhea. Codeine is mostly a habit-forming (addictive) drug if used excessively. This drug has to be given or taken as per physician’s advice.
It can be taken orally.
- The usual adult dose of codeine for pain is 15-60 mg every 4-6 hours as needed.
- The dose for cough is 10 to 20 mg every 4-6 hours as needed.
- The maximum dose for treating cough is 120 mg every 24 hours.
NOTE: Dosages can be given or taken as per physician’s instructions and guidance that depends upon the patient’s health condition
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
Mild side effects are
- Feeling sleepy
- Dry mouth
Serious Side effects (rarely occurs) are
- Breathing difficulty
- Short shallow breathing
- Muscle stiffness
- Low blood pressure with dizziness and tiredness
Drugs (to name a few) that may interact with codeine include:
- Amiodarone (Cordarone)
- Imatinib (Gleevec)
- Antihistamines, such as doxylamine (Unisom), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
- Potassium phosphate/sodium phosphate (K-Phos) and potassium citrate (Urocit-K)
- HIV/AIDS drugs, such as ritonavir (Norvir) and tipranavir (Aptivus)
- Propafenone (Rhythmol)
GENERIC NAME: acetaminophen/codeine
BRAND NAME: Tuzistra XR , Halotussin AC, Iophen, Ambenyl, Notuss AC, Bromanyl, Cheracol, Pentazine with Codeine, Pediacof,Diabetic Tussin C, Tusnel C, Tussi Organidin, Endal CD, Endacof AC, Zotex C, Vanacof, Glydeine.