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Codeine Facts
  • Depresses breathing and other brain centers. Relieves pain and anxiety.
  • Depresses all body systems.
  • Dependence develops with tolerance and cross-tolerance of other drug effects
  • Unborn children of dependent mother absorb the drugs and experience a life-threatening withdrawal process after birth.
  • To experience the effects of codeine, human body must convert the drug to morphine.
  • In most humans, about 10% of codeine is transformed to morphine.
  • Effects of codeine start at 10-30 minutes after ingestion, peak within 1 to 2 hours and may last 4-6 hours, depending on dose administered.
  • Codeine comes from the opium poppy and is related to morphine and heroin. It is found in tablets such as codeis and panadeine; in cough mixtures such as codral; and in cold and 'flu preparations such as codral cold and 'flu tablets.
  • Within two to three weeks of consecutive use a physical and psychological addiction may develop.
  • Misuse will lead to an apathetic, dulling-type effect, a lack of co-ordination and dulled responses.


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  • Drug Facts
  • Codeine is very dangerous to people with chronic heart failure, advanced respiratory insufficiency, or bronchial asthma.
  • The human body converts codeine into morphine during digestion.
  • When injected, 120mg of codeine phosphate produces an analgesic response equivalent to that from 10mg of morphine.
  • Codeine can be converted to morphine.
  • Codeine is the most widely used, naturally occurring narcotic in medical treatment in the world.