Codeine is a prescription pain medication used to treat mild to moderate pain. Codeine comes in the form of a tablet and is the main ingredient in prescription grade cough suppressants. When Codeine is mixed with Acetaminophen, Tylenol 3 is produced. Codeine is a pain reliever of the same group as Morphine but is less addictive; however, with abuse, it does become addictive. Even though Codeine is glamorized in popular culture and easily accessible, it still remains a unsafe and potentially lethal drug that can destroy lives.
Codeine is an opiate also known as narcotic. In the same class of opiates as Codeine are oxycodone, heroin, and Morphine. Cough syrup, coties, schoolboy ad t-three's are some of the street names of Codeine.
Effects Of Codeine Abuse
Codeine use mostly starts with a prescription for a Codeine-based cough syrup. Acquiring and abusing Codeine has become relatively easy, as it is considered less dangerous than some opiates such as Morphine and OxyContin. Making Codeine a cure-all for any pain, physical or emotional, becomes an escape route for many user's. Get help now, if you or someone you love has a Codeine related problem.
Codeine can cause the same reactions that Morphine, even when it is no as strong.
Codeine produces reactions such as:
Despite the fact that some people consider Codeine to be nontoxic, drowsiness, constipation, loss of sight and even respiratory failure are among the side effects. Codeine can even be fatal if taken in large doses.
The overuse of medicine for a cough can cause the addiction of Codeine. Many people don't realize just how powerful and addictive Codeine can be and they fall into an imaginary safe world of using Codeine instead of other opiates.
It is easy to become dependent on Codeine because of it's opiate properties. Although many people start using Codeine to relieve a legitimate condition, it is frequently abused as tolerance develops.
People who start off with abusing Codeine usually will graduate to other narcotics like Morphine and Heroin.
Many people continue to do drugs after using Codeine. user's tend to combine it with others drugs like alcohol to get a stronger effect. Alcohol and Codeine are both used to suppress the central nervous system (CNS) and when used together, can cause serious mental illness, brain damage and breathing problems. There are ways to know if someone has a Codeine addiction.
Others believe that Codeine is only a portion of a bigger network of addictions. Very often it is the drug that leads to further consumption of other opiates such as Oxycodone or Morphine.
Treatment for addiction is usually based on the amount of drugs in the body of a patient so it is crucial to tell your therapist everything you have taken openly. There is a treatment solution for you regardless of the type of drugs you use.
Codeine is one of the substances used to make "Purple Drank". Purple Drank is a mixture of a prescription cold medication with a soda drink like Sprite or Mountain Dew, plus ice and Jolly Rancher candies often added for colour and taste. Purple Drank is also known as syrup, lean or sizzurp.
Many TV shows and songs point out purple drank, a negative aspect of the actual popular culture. Songs by Lil' Wayne and Three 6 Mafia glorify the drink.
In March 2013, Lil' Wayne who is a rapper was hospitalized in the ICU suffering from seizures and unconsciousness due to massive amounts of Codeine in his system. To take out all the drugs from his body, doctors had to pump his stomach in 3 opportunities to save his life.
Overcoming An Addiction To Codeine
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