Codeine can effectively treat moderate pain, when taken as prescribed. But when abused, dangerous codeine addiction is frequently the result. For help in overcoming codeine addiction affecting you or your loved one, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.
What is codeine?
Codeine, according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is an alkaloid found in opium and produced from morphine. It’s typically prescribed by doctors to treat moderate pain. Codeine products found on the illicit market are often combined with other drugs such as glutethimide and carisoprodol.
Street names for codeine include cough syrup, schoolboy and T-three’s (Tylenol #3 with codeine).
How is codeine consumed?
Codeine is typically taken orally, either as a tablet of pure codeine or a pill that combines aspirin or acetaminophen with codeine. Codeine is also found in a number of liquid cough suppressants and, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is used to a lesser extent as an injectable solution in treating pain.
How widespread is codeine use?
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 4.7 million Americans reported non-medical use of prescription pain relievers, which is a category that includes codeine. This figure represents roughly 2% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older.
What are codeine’s short term effects?
The short-term effects from codeine are milder than those of other prescription pain relievers, but codeine is still a drug that can be very addictive and difficult to quit. The short-term effects experienced by codeine users include:
- Pain relief
- Respiratory depression
Codeine’s long-term effects:
- Tolerance, forcing the user to consume higher doses to achieve the same high as before.
- Those higher doses increase the risk of a harmful overdose that can cause liver failure, slow heartbeat and troubled or slowed breathing.
- Difficult withdrawal symptoms experienced by long-term users who try to quit, which requires opiate detox.
The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimates that in 2002, prescription opiates, a category that includes codeine, accounted for 119,185 emergency room visits. For more information about receiving treatment for codeine related addictions call us now at 877-640-1943.
What are the risks of codeine addiction during pregnancy?
Codeine addiction can cause serious harm to unborn babies during pregnancy. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, codeine use by pregnant women has been linked to fetal physical dependence, withdrawal and growth retardation. Stronger warnings have been issued for use of codeine during breastfeeding.
Why is codeine addiction so hard to overcome?
Because codeine is legal, there are many codeine addicts who underestimate how addictive and dangerous it can be. There are also very difficult withdrawal symptoms experienced by long-term users who try to stop, which include:
- Muscle/bone aches
- Cold sweats
Withdrawal symptoms tend to peak around 48-72 hours after the last codeine dose, after which symptoms can quickly fade.
Codeine addiction treatment can help.
During the difficult detox process, codeine addiction treatment makes a huge difference, with around-the-clock medical care that includes the administration of medicines specially designed to ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Don’t let codeine addiction put your life or the life of your loved one in danger. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.
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