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Aspirin and Codeine
(acetylsalicylic acid and codeine)
(WARNING: May be habit forming)
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) occurs as white crystals, commonly tabular or needle-like, or white, crystalline powder. It is odorless or has a faint odor. Its chemical name is: 2-(acetyloxy)benzoic acid. Its molecular formula is:
C9H8O4 with a molecular weight of 180.16
Codeine is an alkaloid, obtained from opium or prepared from morphine by methylation. Codeine phosphate occurs as fine, white, needle-shaped crystals, or white, crystalline powder. It is odorless and is affected by light. Its chemical name is: 7,8-didehydro-4,5oe epoxy-3-methoxy-17~ methylmorphinan~6oe-ol phosphate (1 :1) (salt) hemihydrate. Its molecular formula is:
C18H21NO3†H3PO4†1/2 H2O with a molecular weight of 406.37
Aspirin and codeine phosphate tablets for oral administration combine the following inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, and stearic acid.
What are the possible side effects of aspirin and codeine (Empirin with Codeine)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- black, bloody, or tarry stools;
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- dizziness, feeling like you might pass out;
- severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
- swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days;
- shallow breathing, fast or slow...
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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