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Codeine Phosphate Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is codeine ?
- What are the possible side effects of codeine ?
- What is the most important information I should know about codeine ?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking codeine ?
- How should I take codeine ?
- What happens if I miss a dose ?
- What happens if I overdose ?
- What should I avoid while taking codeine ?
- What other drugs will affect codeine ?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose ?
Since codeine is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose ?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, shallow breathing, fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while taking codeine ?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking codeine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Codeine may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how codeine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect codeine ?
Do not take codeine with any other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Before taking codeine, tell your doctor if you are using pentazocine (Talwin), nalbuphine (Nubain), butorphanol (Stadol), or buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use codeine, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with codeine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about codeine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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