buy Codeine Phosphate is part of a family of medication called opioids. The human brain contains opioid receptors which are normally used by the body’s natural painkilling chemicals, called endorphins. Opioid medications such as codeine phosphate work by attaching to those receptors. This mimics the work of the endorphins and reduces, or eliminates pain. Codeine is considered effective for mild to moderate pain.
The human brain contains opioid receptors that normally respond to endorphins, the bodies natural, painkilling chemicals. Opioid medications like codeine work by attaching to those receptors, mimicking endorphins to produce a feeling of well-being and an overall reduction in pain. Because opioid receptors are found throughout the nervous system, Codeine Phosphate will also affect the digestive system and suppress the cough reflexs.
Common side effects of Codeine include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Confusion, dizziness or vertigo
- Dry mouth
Inform your GP or health care provider immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
- Muscle stiffness
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue or throat
- Itchy, red, blistered or peeling skin
- Symptoms of low blood pressure, including feeling tired or dizzy
If you experience seizures (fit), go to A&E immediately.
If you experience prolonged side effects that do not subside over consistent use of the medication, or you are concerned about any side effects you are experiencing, contact your GP for advice.
Codeine should not be taken with alcohol as this can increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects, particularly tiredness and impact to breathing.
It may be an offence to drive while being treated with codeine, as the medication can cause sleepiness, drowsiness and the inability to concentrate. If you have blurred vision, don’t feel able to make decisions properly or experience any side effects related to drowsiness or tiredness, you should avoid driving until these side effects subside.
Before taking Codeine, inform your GP of your medical history. In particular, if you have experience of hypersensitivity to other opioid analgesics, kidney or liver disease, severe hepatic dysfunction, lung problems, seizures, head injuries, acute alcoholism, low blood pressure, symptoms of ulcerative colitis and respiratory problems, including asthma.
Codeine should not be taken post-operatively by children aged 12-18 years who have had surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids for obstructive sleep apnoea, as this can be fatal.
You should also inform your GP or pharmacist of any medication you are currently taking, including anaesthetics, antidepressants, blood pressure medication, antihistamines, ulcer-healing medication, antiviral medication such as those for HIV or AIDS, hypnotics and any herbal remedies or supplements, as these can affect the efficiency of the drug and how your body reacts to the codeine.
Codeine should not be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as opioid analgesics may lead to gastric stasis during labour which can increase the risk of inhalation pneumonia in the mother.
Codeine can be purchased online with a prescription from a registered doctor. You can use our online doctor service to request your prescription via a medical questionnaire which will be reviewed by a qualified GP and issued to you if you’re deemed suitable for the medication. This will usually be dispatched within 24 hours of ordering.
When taking codeine linctus for a dry cough, the following dosages apply;
Adults should take 1 x 5ml spoonful, four times a day. Repeat after 4 hours if required but not more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
Do not give to children under 18 years old and do not exceed the stated dose. If symptoms persist or worsen consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Elderly should speak to their doctor if they have a persistent dry cough. It is possible it is symptomatic of another condition, or a side effect of another medication. A lower dose may be more suitable.