Codeine is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate pain and the anxieties that come along with this type of pain. Doctors may combine this drug along with other medications to relieve a persistent cough. Codeine is more commonly known as Tylenol 3 in the United States.
Codeine belongs to a class of medications labeled as opioid narcotic analgesics and antitussive drugs. When used to treat symptoms of pain, codeine works by changing the body's sensory to pain. When used to treat the symptoms of a persistent or resistant cough, it works in your brain to decrease the receptors that cause you to cough. Codeine is derived from the opium poppy and is closely related to morphine and heroin. This is why Codeine is well known as a habit forming or an addictive drug.
Codeine is available in various medications prescribed by doctors today. These are a few of the most commonly prescribed forms of codeine. The most popular or well-known being Tylenol with Codeine 3 or Tylenol with Codeine 4. This is a combination drug of acetaminophen and codeine used to treat the symptoms of severe headaches and pain only.
Another very popular drug containing codeine is Soma Compound with Codeine. Soma Compound with Codeine is a muscle relaxant and analgesic combination prescribed to relieve pain, muscle spasm, and limited movement caused by acute painful conditions of the bone and muscle. Another type of medication containing codeine which is extremely popular, especially for non-legitimate recreational use, is Polly-Tussin AC. It is a combination of brompheniramine, codeine, and phenylephrine. This can be found in some over the counter medicines as well as stronger versions available by prescription only. It comes in liquid form and tablet form and is prescribe for treating flu-like or severe cold symptoms.
How Is Codeine Abused?
Recreational misuse of the drug or drugs containing codeine is very common. Because codeine is an opioid narcotic drug the user will experience a euphoric high upon the use of this drug, especially if taken in high doses. This is the reason people tend to become addicted to codeine, because of its euphoric effects. Adults are more likely to become addicted to codeine after they have been using it legitimately, prescribed by their doctor for pain relief or cough. It is very common for people who want to obtain a high from codeine to drink codeine laden cough syrup straight or take a combination of crushed pills mixed with water for fast absorption.
Teens also very frequently choose to abuse medications containing codeine because it is very easy for the underage minor to obtain. Teenage abusers tend to drink codeine-laden cough syrups straight from the bottle. This is commonly known as "sizzrup". Some serious teen "sizzrup abusers" may even drink up to five bottles daily. This misuse of codeine is ingested by teens the same way they use alcohol, to relax and become intoxicated or to be at ease in a social situation.