Codeine is a prescription pain medication used to treat mild to moderate pain. It is available in tablet form and as the main ingredient in the prescription-grade cough suppressants. When Codeine is mixed with Acetaminophen, Tylenol 3 is produced. Codeine has very strong and addictive properties for those who use it around the globe, in spite of being less potent than its drug relative Morphine. It is a dangerous and potentially deadly drug, despite the ease with which Codeine can be obtained and the glamorization of the drug in popular culture.
Codeine is an opiate also known as narcotic. In the same class of opiates as Codeine are oxycodone, heroin, and Morphine. Cough syrup, Coties, Schoolboy and T-three's are street names you may have heard for Codeine.
Codeine Consequences And Abuse
Codeine use mostly starts with a prescription for a Codeine-based cough syrup. Getting and abusing Codeine is relatively easy as it is less regulated than some opiates that are considered to be more dangerous (like Morphine and OxyContin). Firstly people use the drug to treat a pain on their body, but later they use it for an emotional pain too. Get help now, if you or someone you love has a Codeine related problem.
Though less powerful, Codeine imposes impacts similar to Morphine.
Examples of the effects of Codeine are:
Although some people believe that Codeine seems harmless, side effects of it range from constipation and drowsiness to respiratory failure and blindness. Codeine can kill if taken in large amounts.
Dependence To Codeine
Continued abuse of Codeine in its cough medicine or pill form, may easily lead to addiction. Many people don't realize just how powerful and addictive Codeine can be and they fall into an imaginary safe world of using Codeine instead of other opiates.
It is easy to become dependent on Codeine because of it's opiate properties. Numerous individuals start utilising Codeine to diminish a pain, it is every now and again manhandled as the system becomes tolerant to it.
People can get to other opiate drugs when they start consuming Codeine, because it is the door to Morphine and possibly Heroin.
It is rare people just stay on Codeine. They try to achieve a better high by combining it with other materials, including alcohol. This can be a very dangerous combination since both Codeine and alcohol are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, thus leading to serious levels of depression in the brain and respiratory system. Find out how to recognize Codeine addiction.
Others believe that Codeine is only a portion of a bigger network of addictions. It is viewed as the first step towards addiction to other substances, especially opiates like Oxycodone or Morphine.
Treatment for addiction is usually based on the amount of drugs in the body of a patient so it is crucial to tell your therapist everything you have taken openly. There will be a suitable treatment for whatever it is you are addicted to.
Codeine cough syrup is used to produce "purple drank". Prescription-grade (Codeine) cough syrup and soft drinks, such as Sprite or Mountain Dew are combined together for the consumption of large doses of Purple Drank that is a recreational form of this drug. Other names include syrup, sizzurp and lean.
Many TV shows and songs point out purple drank, a negative aspect of the actual popular culture. Songs by Lil' Wayne and Three 6 Mafia glorify the drink.
On March 2013, the rapper Lil' Wayne was admitted to the intensive care unit due to Codeine abuse that caused him seizures and unconsciousness. He survived but was in critical condition, and to remove the drug from his system his stomach was pumped three times.
Overcoming An Addiction To Codeine
Contact someone who can help you on 0800 772 3971 if you are ready to take your life back from Codeine dependency.