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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Codeine Addiction

Codeine, a prescription drug belongs to narcotic analgesics, is a pain killer and cough suppressant. Natural Codeine is a constituent of opium and is a member of the drug class opiates. However, the pharmaceutical-grade codeine available today is produced by methylating morphine. Presence of codeine can be found in many cough syrups and pain tablets. It is available as tablets, capsules or liquid and normally be taken orally. Codeine can be administered subcutaneously, intramuscularly and rectally. Intravenous injection of this drug has many side effects and is not recommended. Snorting the substance is also dangerous. Codeine can be addictive. Taking large doses of the drug, taking it frequently, or taking it for long time are to be avoided. This drug has a tendency to interact with other sedatives, which may result in serious consequences.



Effects of Codeine

Codeine is absorbed quickly through the GI tract. This results in little loss of the drug during its first pass through the liver. Codeine can be allergic to many people and causes breathing difficulty, throat problems, and swelling of lips and face. In combination with other depressants Codeine can lower the respiration rate and can be even fatal. In high doses Codeine alone can be fatal.

Symptoms of Codeine Addiction

Slow and weak breathing, cold and sweaty skin, and severe weakness or dizziness are the common symptoms of Codeine addiction. Dry mouth, decreased urination, itching, and decreased sex drive are some other symptoms.

Treatment

The addict may show withdrawal symptoms on stopping the intake of Codeine. Counseling, together with detoxification, is effective in the drug treatment of codeine addiction.

 
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