Codeine Abuse and Treatment


Codeine Abuse and Treatment

Codeine Effects on the Body

The use of codeine may cause certain negative effects on the body. Some of the most common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches, constipation, and difficulty urinating and stomach pain.

Another very common side effect is decreased libido (lack of sexual drive).


Some of the more serious or deadly side effects associated with this medicine are:

  • Fast Pounding or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Rash
  • Change in Vision
  • Seizures


These effects tend to occur during overdose from misuse and or combining this drug with alcohol or other drugs. As stated these negative effects are extremely dangerous and may even be fatal.

Codeine Abuse Treatment Options

If you or someone you love is addicted to codeine the best way to stop using this drug altogether and begin a journey towards recovery is to enter an addiction treatment rehabilitation facility.

The first step will be a complete detoxification from this and all other drugs and alcohol. At rehab, doctors on staff will be there to supervise the detoxification stage. During this stage a patient may experience severe withdrawal symptoms from the overuse of codeine.

Withdrawal symptoms to codeine tend to peak after 48 hours of not taking this drug. Depending on how much of this drug you actually have in your system and how long you have been taking it the symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Sneezing
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Clammy Skin
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Aches
  • Tremors

After the detox stage is completed, the rehabilitation facility will provide treatment in the means of behavioral health therapy. This will allow a patient to receive therapy from the doctors and psychologists on staff in order to obtain a better understanding about their addiction and how to overcome it.

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