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Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Codeine is used as an opioid to relieve pain ranging from mild to moderately severe. It is similar to morphine and hydrocodone, acting as a cough suppressant. It binds the receptors in the brain that are responsible for transmitting the feeling of pain throughout the body. Even though the pain is still apparent to the patient, it decreases discomfort, and increases the tolerance to pain. It also acts as a sedative and slows down the breathing.

If you are prone to frequent asthma attacks with hyperventilation and breathing problems, or a blockage in your intestines, the medicine should not be prescribed. If you are pregnant and are on this medicine, your baby may become dependent on it. It is not to be prescribed for children below the age of 12 years.

It is important that you take Codeine exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for it can slow your breathing down to dangerous levels. Even at regular doses, it is habit forming, and must not be used without a prescription.

If you have noisy breathing, seizures, impotence, slow heart rate, light headedness, find a doctor immediately.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

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In addition to its intended effect, Codeine may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Is It safe with alcohol?

Lincotuss 15mg syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Lincotuss 15mg syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Lincotuss 15mg syrup is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.

Does this affect kidney function?

Caution should be used in patients with renal impairment.

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Codeine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Codeine as ingredient
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Unimarck Healthcare Ltd
Anglo-French Drugs & Industries Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Elysium Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Somatico Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Somatico Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Croford Pharma Pvt Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Standard Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Tablets India Limited
Shreya Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
DWD Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Codeine is an opioid analgesic with antitussive properties that works by binding to opioid receptors in the CNS. Specifically, it binds to mu-type, kappa-type and delta-type opioid receptors and inhibits the secretion of neurotransmitters responsible for transmission of pain stimuli such as GABA, substance P, acetylcholine.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Medicine

Zathrin Redimix Suspension

Pratham 200Mg/5Ml Rediuse Suspension

Azibig 200Mg Suspension

Ques: Is it safe to take alcohol with Codeine?

Ans: Taking alcohol during the treatment is not recommended as it could lead the risk of drowsiness, difficulty in urination, abdominal disorders and constipation. In case of, alcohol consumption with Codeine. It is advised, not to do any activity that involves mental alertness like driving or operating any machine.

Ques: Is it safe to take Codeine during pregnancy?

Ans: Taking Codeine during the pregnancy is not recommended as it could lead the risk of life-threatening conditions. In case of its consumption, Consult with your doctor.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Codeine?

Ans: This is a list of possible side-effects which may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Codeine. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects have been observed and not necessarily occur. Some of these side-effects may be serious. These include headache, tiredness, skin rashes and vomiting. Apart from these, using this medicine may further lead to difficulty in urination, stomach disorders, confusions and increased heartbeat. If any of these symptoms occur often or on daily basis, a doctor should be urgently consulted.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Codeine?

Ans: Codeine should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets. A doctor should be consulted regarding the dosage of Codeine. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using to avoid undesirable effects.
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Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

As I am use to have codeine syrup daily which is not appropriate in consuming also it is with other indigrents too. Can anybody tell me codeine tablet with strength of 50 mg.

General Physician, Mumbai
Codeine tablet and syrup are the same and we have to decrease the dosage and stop it after clinical examination.

Could you please tell me few medicines to leave codeine syrup addiction? So ease the withdrawal symptoms,

PhD - Psychology, Advanced Diploma Child Guidance & Counselling, M.Sc Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma Special Education, BA (Hons) Psychology
Psychologist, Hyderabad
Dear Lybrate user it will be better you meet some clinical Or rehabilitation psychologists for help, because this requires loads of sessions and processes. No one can prescribe you medicine like that, unless you meet the Doctor or Psychiatric in person. All the best.
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How can a patient suffering from dry cough be treated without giving any medicine of codeine group?

MBBS, MBA (Healthcare)
General Physician, Delhi
take sinarest one tab at night for 3 days, honitus syrup 2 tsf 2 times a day for 3 days. do gargle, take steam. do cbc esr sputum test, consult physician. inform if not ok.

How can a patient suffering from dry cough be treated without giving any medicine of codeine group?

MBBS, MBA (Healthcare)
General Physician, Delhi
take sinarest one tab at night for 3 days, honitus syrup 2 tsf 2 times a day for 3 days. do gargle, take steam. do cbc esr sputum test, consult physician. inform if not ok.

I am a 35 years old male. What are the ill effects of codeine addiction. How can I quit this.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
I am a 35 years old male. What are the ill effects of codeine addiction. How can I quit this.
Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. Codeine is addictive. It causes Itching, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, constipation, liver damage and stomach ulcers may also occur. As with other opiate-based painkillers, chronic use of codeine can cause physical dependence, so withdrawal symptoms may occur if a person suddenly stops taking it. You have to use your willpower to quit codeine. Other methods like deaddiction therapy is also effective. I suggest online counseling and deaddiction therapy. Take care.

Popular Health Tips

Treatment Of Dry Cough

General Physician, Mumbai

A dry cough disturbing sleep and irritating the patient needs to be treated

1. Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat.
2. Dry, hacking coughs respond to honey in hot water, tea, or lemon juice.

3. Elevate your head with extra pillows at night to ease a dry cough.
4. Try a cough drop to soothe an irritated throat.
5. Antitussive like dextromethorphan and codeine may be needed.

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Treatment of frozen shoulder

Physiotherapist, Pune
Treatment of frozen shoulder
Treatment of frozen shoulder varies depending on the stage it is at, and how severe is the pain and stiffness. There is no outright cure and the aim of treatment is to keep the joint as mobile as possible. The most effective treatment is that which maintains a good range of movement until the shoulder starts to heal.

Treatment may Include the following:

1. Shoulder exercises: Regular, gentle exercise can help to keep the shoulder joint mobile. If your shoulder is very stiff, exercise may hurt, and it should only be carried out with the guidance of your doctor or physiotherapist. If you are able to, continue using your shoulder as normal saving' the shoulder can cause the muscle to waste and may make stiffness worse.
2. Painkillers: Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or prescription-only drugs such as codeine may be taken to ease pain and you should discuss this with your general physician or pharmacist.
3. Anti-inflammatory painkillers: Such as ibuprofen and diclofenac, are often prescribed to ease pain and inflammation. Any medication that you take should be discussed with your general physician or pharmacist.
4. Steroid injections into or near the shoulder joint may be effective at relieving pain and inflammation for a few weeks. However, injections are not a cure, and symptoms may return.
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How to Choose Your Medicines Wisely for Back Pain?

Physiotherapist, Noida
How to Choose Your Medicines Wisely for Back Pain?


Pain killers-or analgesics-are drugs that work by interfering with the pain transmission process.

Depending  on the cause and type of your back pain, some analgesics may be more appropriate than others. Paracetamol and aspirin-like drugs(non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] are often used to relieve pain caused by musculo skeletal conditions, whereas the opoid analgesics,codeine and morphine, are more suitable for treating moderate or severe pain that originates from damage to the internal organs of the body (e.g. the heart,lungs, liver, bladder, kidney and reproductive organs). 

The appropriateness of the various types of drugs also depends on whether your pain is acute or chronic. Although many of the drugs used are the same, they may be used at different doses or more or less frequently.Whilst your doctor can prescribe you a number of different types of pain killers, in many cases, drugs that can be purchased without a prescription are sufficient to relieve many kinds of back pain. You can buy these drugs yourself from your pharmacist, and if you pay for your prescription, this may be cheaper than acquiring the same drug from your doctor with a prescription. 

Your pharmacist will advise you which types of drugs are most appropriate for you. Always take medication as directed on the packaging and consult your doctor if the pain persists.Since some types of analgesic are stronger than others, you will usually start with one of the weaker drugs and if this fails to relieve your pain sufficiently, you may work your way up to a stronger drug. 

If the stages in pain relief are considered to be like the rungs of a ladder, then most people will have their pain relieved at the lowest rung. 

The higher up the pain relief ladder you go, the more likely you are to experience unpleasant drug-related side-effects.

Bloodshot Eyes - Know The Reasons Behind Them!

Ophthalmologist, Ahmedabad
Bloodshot Eyes - Know The Reasons Behind Them!

The term red eye, medically referring to subconjunctival hemorrhage, means different things to different people. For people who travel a lot, it is likely to mean a flight on which sleep is impossible and thus, resulting in them having red eyes. But what can the other causes of red eyes be?

Believe it or not, there can be up to 35 possible reasons for it! Also, it is not really true that all these reasons are related to each other. The causes may range from allergies to cluster headaches to an eyelid which has turned inward or even glaucoma, which has led to a poor flow of blood to the eyes.

Common causes of a red eye
The conditions which lead to red eyes can affect a person at various stages of life. So, this provides everyone with a need to know and be aware of what can cause trouble when it comes to one’s eyes. The severity of the causes can vary quite widely. For instance, a minor worry such as a dry eye syndrome (which does not cause a permanent loss of vision in almost all cases) or common eye infections such as conjunctivitis have also immense potential to result in red eyes. In fact, this is known to be a medical emergency and a patient should be rushed to a doctor!

  • Sometimes a regular cold and flu leads to sinus infection, which eventually causes red eyes.
  • When it comes to the allergic causes of red eyes, some people do react negatively to certain drugs such as penicillin and codeine, which in turn might result in red eyes. In a case like this, it is important to call the doctor and ask not only what is to be done, but also what alternatives to be used.
  • We would not be able to see if it were not for the cornea, which allows light to enter our eyes. Sometimes, there are ulcers which form on it. This mostly happens due to an infection, possibly as a result of wearing one’s contact lenses for too long at a stretch or due to an injury.
  • Viral infections are also a possibility. Treatment requires the timely use of eye drops and some medicines. One of the more common causes today is often referred to as the computer vision syndrome, where a person stares at a computer screen for long and uninterrupted hours.
  • Something which has gained notoriety recently is Ebola, which is another cause. While it is rare, it is fatal, in most cases. So, quite expectedly, it is an emergency and red eyes are a symptom, which should help early detection.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Bachelor of physiotherapy,BPTh, Certified Manual therapist, Master of Physiotherapy ,MPTh. (Orthopedics)
Physiotherapist, Ghaziabad
A frozen shoulder may get better over time on its own without treatment, but recovery is often slow and can take at least 18 to 24 months. In some people, the condition may not improve for 5 years or more.

A number of different treatments can be used to treat frozen shoulder, although it is uncertain how effective they are and which is best.

The treatments described below can help reduce shoulder pain and keep the joint mobile while the shoulder heals.

Early stage treatments

The first stage of a frozen shoulder is the most painful. Therefore, treatment is mainly focused on relieving the pain.

During this stage, your GP may recommend avoiding movements that make the pain worse, such as stretching. However, you should not stop moving altogether.


If you are in pain, you may be prescribed painkillers, such as paracetamol, a combination of paracetamol and codeine or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Some painkillers, such as paracetamol andibuprofen, are also available from pharmacies without a prescription. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you are taking the correct dose.

Taking painkillers, particularly NSAIDs, in the long term can increase your risk of side effects. See the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication for more information.

Later stage treatments

After the initial painful stage, stiffness is the main symptom of a frozen shoulder. Your GP may suggest stretching exercises, and you may also be referred to a physiotherapist.

Shoulder exercises

If you have a frozen shoulder, it's important to keep your shoulder joint mobile with regular, gentle stretching exercises. Not using your shoulder could make the stiffness worse, so you should continue to use it as normal.

However, if your shoulder is very stiff, exercise may be painful. Your GP or physiotherapist can give you some simple exercises to do every day at home that won't damage your shoulder any more.


A physiotherapist can use a number of techniques to keep the movement and flexibility in your shoulder. If you are referred to one, you may have treatments including:

stretching exercises that use specific techniques to move the joint in all directionsmassagethermotherapy, with warm or cold temperature packs

There is no clinical evidence to show that other treatments, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), IFT and lazer are effective in treating frozen shoulder.

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About Codeine
When is Codeine prescribed?
What are the side effects of Codeine ?
Key highlights of Codeine
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Codeine
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Codeine ?
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