The dangers of codeine addiction
Codeine is a medicine classified as an opioid and is one of the most widely available and consumed medicines in its class. It is available on its own or in combination with other active ingredients, such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen. Codeine is often an ingredient in cough preparations as a cough suppressant. Codeine-containing medicines that are available over-the-counter (OTC) can be used safely under the supervision of pharmacists and pharmacist’s assistants when used to treat minor pain or to suppress non-productive coughs.