Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
For children over one year of age, the recommended dose for pain relief is based on body weight. The recommended dose is 0.5 mg to 1 mg per kg of body weight per dose, given every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. your doctor has told you to take this medication on a regular basis and you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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This medication is available as a 143 mg/30 mL oral liquid.
Codeine is also used to control coughing that is not controlled by non-narcotic cough suppressants. It works by acting on the brain to dull the cough reflex.
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Do not use this medication if you:
The dose for children is based on body weight. The recommended dose is 1 mg to 1.5 mg per kg of body weight per day, divided into doses given every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Codeine as a cough suppressant is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
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Pain relief: The recommended adult dose of codeine for pain relief is 15 mg to 60 mg every 4 to 6 hours as required, not to exceed 360 mg in one day.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
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Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Codeine belongs to the class of medications called narcotic analgesics ("analgesic" means "pain reliever"). It is used to relieve mild-to-moderate pain. It works by blocking pain signals that are sent out by the brain to various areas of the body.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
This medication may be habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. Do not stop taking this medication without talking with your doctor. If this medication is stopped suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, trouble sleeping, shakiness, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, or hallucinations. If you plan on stopping the medication, your doctor may want you to reduce the dose gradually to reduce the severity of withdrawal effects.
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