Codeine is part of the opioid family whose family members include heroine. Codeine, however, is much milder than many of the other opioids. The drug’s intent is to alleviate moderate to severe pain due to outpatient surgery and intense dental work but it easy for someone to develop a codeine addiction due to its calming effects.

Codeine has also been used as a cough suppressant, though less so currently due to the addictive nature of the medication.

Most codeine-based products are synthetically produced, and is often combined with other painkillers such as acetaminophen and aspirin.

Codeine is offered in pill and liquid form. It is not an over-the-counter drug; a patient needs a doctor’s prescription for codeine.



Codeine is an old and storied drug whose original intent was medicinal, but codeine crossed into the public where it is mostly used recreationally.

The attraction to codeine is the high it gives, which is similar to other opioids. It is short-acting, which means it acts quickly once it is taken, but the effects tend not to last very long.

Nonetheless, users report the codeine high to be quite intense if a high enough dosage is taken. Part of the reason codeine is one of the most abused opioids may come from the drug’s characteristic to metabolize into morphine.

These effects have made codeine one of the most abused prescription drugs available. In fact, codeine and other prescription narcotics constitute the most-abused group of prescription drugs in the U.S.



Codeine addiction can occur even when one legitimately and responsibly uses the drug as it is intended. The pain relief as well as the feel-good sensation codeine provides the brain receptors, make it very attractive in its relief.

The problem is that relief can in turn make it difficult for a person to stop using codeine once their prescription runs out.

The brain becomes used to the influences of codeine, and once use has stopped, both brain and body can have a tough time functioning without the drug.

Individuals who become victim to a codeine addiction need more and more of the drug just to feel normal, which sadly is a typical expectation of any person; they want to feel normal, and in doing so, have no desire to abuse codeine, though they may soon do exactly that.

Scientists and researchers in the medical and pharmaceutical profession have determined that all a user needs to become addicted to codeine is five to seven days of continual use. After that, the user is more than likely hooked on the drug.


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