Common "Codeine" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Codeine is a pain-relieving opioid drug with added antitussive and antidiarrheal activity. It is a natural plant alkaloid found in opium extracts. It is derived from Papaver somniferum (poppy plant). It is used to treat moderate to severe pain and cough in people above 18 years of age. Adverse effects include stomach pain, headache, difficult urination, etc. Sudden stopping of the drug after long-term use causes withdrawal symptoms.

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I am addicted to Benadryl. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am spending sleepless nights. I am struggling to fall asleep and often get disturbed by dreams. I feel restless legs throughout the night. The next morning when I wake up I feel fatigue. I am addicted to Benadryl to get sleep. But, I am trying to avoid it now. Please guide me for a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your complaints, it seems that you might have developed dependence on Benadryl. And it is quite possible that due to this dependence you might be having these symptoms. Benadryl is basically a Codeine-based cough syrup, which is an antitussive agent OTC (over...  Read Full »

I have sinus and cervical spine issues. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have mucosal thickening with aerated secretions in the sphenoid sinuses with surrounding hyperostosis. The mucosal thickening in left maxillary sinus is greater than right maxillary sinus, with trace aerated secretions. Also, opacification of right mastoid air cells and right middle ear...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have sent me the verbatim report of the MRI of the cervical spine and the mastoids. This, however, is very little to help me as I do not know the exact symptoms you have. Do you have more problems with your mastoids or the neck? Do you have pain in the neck or does...  Read Full »

Will codeine and Marijuana intake cause panic attack?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old healthy male. Yesterday I had my first panic attack and it was severe and lasted long. I have ended up in the emergency room. But they just gave me a Diazepam and I was feeling good again, but they never told me what triggered and I am curious. Last night I drank 11...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be a combination of Marijuana, codeine, and beer. Also, regular use of Marijuana will cause panic attacks. It is just that the effects of whatever is taken regularly and do not show up immediately. Only chronic use of either smoking, alcohol or other drugs w...  Read Full »

When to breastfeed after taking tablet U35?

Query: Hi doctor, After taking tablet U35, how long should I wait to breastfeed again? Give your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for contacting me. I understand you are breastfeeding and have taken U35, which contains Acetaminophen and Codeine Phosphate. It is alright to take Acetaminophen until a dose of two grams, but ingestion of Codeine is not recommended. The reason is that Codein...  Read Full »

Is my respiratory depression due to the medication I am taking?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old with respiratory depression and am on Codeine 150 mg and Promethazine 50 mg. I think I am experiencing respiratory depression due to CNS depression. My breathing does not feel correct at all. My resting heart rate yesterday (around 7 hours after taking the medication) ...  Read Full »

Dr. Archana. G.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I am an anesthesiologist and use those drugs almost daily for my patients. CNS (central nervous system) depression will not be there for that low-level doses and, within 24 hours, be eliminated from the body. So do ...  Read Full »

Can abusing Co-Codamol result in liver damage and upper abdominal pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a history of abusing Co-codamol for two years. Often, I took 30/500 mg several times a day. I have some mild right upper quadrant stomach pain for a few weeks after stopping Co-codamol. Before a year, I took an abdominal ultrasound. My liver function test and urinalysis came back wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have stopped taking Co-codamol (painkiller) now. It is merely impossible to stop using opioid medicines. After stopping it, it is unlikely to have its effects on the body. You have stomach pain after stopping the medicine. It suggests narcotic bowel syndrome (NBS). ...  Read Full »

How do I manage constipation with stringy stuff in my stool?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been constipated for six days and just had a bowel movement for the first time, and there seems to be some “stringy white stuff” around my stool. I looked at it to see if ‘it’ moved, but it did not. I have been taking a lot of codeine this week because of a back issue that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nitin Dongre

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Codeine had a side effect of constipation because it slowed the movements of the intestines, which is why liquefication of stool was not done. That causes hardness of stool, and when you try to evacuate it, dry stool rubs with the wall of lar...  Read Full »

How can we treat nocturnal cough?

Query: Hello doctor,My husband was suffering from COVID-19, and it is his 14th day today. Suddenly he has started coughing, but he has been taking a cough syrup from the beginning. Can you please tell me what I should do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you do HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) of the chest. It will help to diagnose pneumonia and the severity of infection. Also, we can find the reason for the cough from the HRCT scan. After doing the tests, send me reports. ...  Read Full »

I had a mild stroke along with difficulties in moving due to codeine addiction for the past 14 years. How can I gradually quit it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am addicted to Codeine syrup for the last 14 years and I would take three to four syrup bottles daily. I had adverse side effects because of it but I just ignored it. Last week, I had a mild stroke and my left-sided limbs are having difficulty moving. Doctors prescribed medicines and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rathee Rahul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.Hope you are fine. Well I am really sorry to hear that and I might sound harsh but you are literally killing yourself by taking Codeine. In spite of the fact that you recently suffered from a stroke which was obviously due ...  Read Full »

Is my treatment for cough the right one?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having cough for two to three weeks now. It is mostly dry and frequent throughout the day. I am getting two to three coughs at one time and then it continues. Currently, I am taking Piriton-CS, Pantocid and Montek-LC. I had bronchitis problem a few years back wherein I used to get fr...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the details you have posted. The medications you are taking are good, but as you were saying that you continue to have dry cough since three weeks some changes need to be done.Avoid cool drinks or cool water. Do gargles with Listerine or Chlorhex...  Read Full »

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