Codeine Phosphate is part of a family of medication called opioids. The human brain contains opioid receptors which are normally used by the body’s natural painkilling chemicals, called endorphins. Opioid medications such as codeine phosphate work by attaching to those receptors. This mimics the work of the endorphins and reduces, or eliminates pain. Codeine is considered effective for mild to moderate pain.
The human brain contains opioid receptors that normally respond to endorphins, the bodies natural, painkilling chemicals. Opioid medications like codeine work by attaching to those receptors, mimicking endorphins to produce a feeling of well-being and an overall reduction in pain. Because opioid receptors are found throughout the nervous system, Codeine Phosphate will also affect the digestive system and suppress the cough reflexs.
Codeine Phosphate can help with short-term pain management. It is often recommended for pain that has not responded to over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications or NSAIDs. It is also used to as a treatment for diarrhoea and to suppress painful dry coughs.
Dosage varies from patient to patient. Always follow the guidelines set out by your prescriber. Take one to two – 6 – 8 hourly. Where 60 mg has been prescribed, take ONE 6 – 8 hourly.
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