The active ingredient in codeine is codeine phosphate. It is a powerful pain relieving medication, only available with a prescription, and is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It belongs to the opioid category of painkillers, and works by blocking the effect of pain receptors in the brain. It has been issued to patients suffering from pain related to severe chronic conditions. It has also been used to treat post-operative pain.
This medicine is not suitable for everyone. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use it, and nor should those who are allergic to any containing ingredients. There are a number of medical conditions and mental illnesses which preclude the use of this treatment. Those who have a history of drug or alcohol dependence should not use it. Before you buy codeine pills or use them, disclose your full medical history to your prescriber, and read the safety instructions provided. This treatment should only be used under medical supervision.
There are a number of possible side effects associated with the use of this treatment, and it may cause symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. For a full list of possible side effects and restrictions, consult the safety information leaflet provided or ask your prescriber. If you become unwell while using this treatment or experience signs of an allergic reaction, seek medical advice right away.