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codeine is Opioid medicine and used for pain relive. There are some basic question about medicine. One of them is it's side effects. what would happen if we use codeine without prescription?

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answered by LEGEND (7,416 points) 4 14 39
Any drug taken over time can be bad for you. If you have an injury and need to take codeine for the pain, you will need to follow the directions when taking this drug. All drugs can be habit forming if taken too long.
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answered by LEGEND (6,391 points) 5 9 21
As far as am concerned, codeine is a drug used for a cough or diarrhea. It's not advisable to take any drug with the doctors prescription because there are several side effects to your health. Anyway since codeine is just a painkiller and not a dosage I don't it will cause any effect but its always good to consult the doctor before using any drug.
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answered by ELITE (4,515 points) 3 9 21
No, codeine can't be said to be bad for the user if prescribed by the chemist for the purpose it is meant for. As you must know codeine is a medicinal drug that is used for cough and catarh to help relief congested nasal passage.


Codeine as a cough syrup can be helpful in the aspect of health improvement, but on the other hand, it also has its side effects inspite the fact it been used medicinally. However, it can make one to fall asleep easily as it is known to be a drowsy drug(sleep inducer). That's why you are advised to only take it before going to bed.


Surprisingly, it must interest you to know that codeine can be abused as intoxicant,i.e, to provide some sort of euphoric effects as it with hard drugs. In other words, codeine can be used as an abusive drug whereby the the main purpose it was meant to serve is being compromised.
replied by ELITE (4,054 points) 5 12 40
I'm quite surprised to know it can have a euphoric effect especially as it can be bought over the counter in the UK. I know that drug addicts use it to ease the pain of withdrawal from Heroin as it is stronger than many other pain killers.
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answered by ELITE (4,647 points) 4 7 19
Using codeine without prescription is not advisable. Yes it is a pain killer, it soothes cough and catarrh but is also an addictive opioid that when taken in excess, can cause addiction as implied, schizophrenia and often times organ failure. It causes you to be in a state of euphoria. You should have a prescription before use.

Codeine is being abused in many countries. It ha's become a household problem as more youths are getting involved in the abuse of codeine. This year, my country banned the production and importation of drugs with codeine. Everyday, youths in my country are put in correctional institutions and facilities because of the harm from this drug abuse. Currently, it is an offense to be in possession of this drug.

The abuse of this drug is rampant because it is easily accessible over the counter and it is cheaper than other hard substances and drugs that stimulate similar effects.
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answered by LEGEND (6,065 points) 2 5 16
I'm never a fan of drug usage without a prescription from the Doctor, even a simple drug like vitamin c must be taken with doctor's prescription so as to take the due dosage for ones body type and weight. Experts have postulated that taking codeine without the doctor prescription and dosage can bring about a long list of effects which includes:

 Drowsiness

Lightheadedness

Rashes on the body

Vomiting and nausea

Constipation and dry mouth
Itching and shortness of breath etc

Why will anyone want to go through these myriad of effects than consulting a physician before gulping some down the throats.

So if need be to use codeine especially to relieve pains then a doctor advice should appropriately sorted for proper dosage.

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