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Codeine and Code Addictions

Codeine is known in the medical community as a prescription medication that fits into the opiates family class of drugs. In 1832, a French chemist by the name of Pierre-Jean Robiquet was the first person to isolate codeine from opium. Most of the medical products that contain the drug codeine have been synthesized (from morphine), since there are only small quantities of codeine that are found in nature. This drug is also found in various medications all across the world. In many of these affected countries codeine is considered to be a scheduled or a controlled substance.

Although codeine is a prescribed medication, it also has many street names attached to it because some people are addicted. Therefore, for those who are addicted and cannot get a prescription, they may refer to codeine by its street name. Some of the street names for this substance include doors and fours, Captain Cody, loads and schoolboy and pancakes and syrup, Listed below are some additional facts about this substance.

Uses of Codeine and Abusing Dosages

Many professionals in the medical community today prescribe codeine to their patients. They can prescribe this medication for a wide variety of different purposes. One of the most common purposes, however, is to relieve and control a patient's pain. Codeine is normally prescribed to alleviate very mild to moderate pain. Some of the common conditions that's treated with this substance include surgical pain, dental pain, migraines along with different kinds of back pain. When a physician prescribes this class of medications to a patient, it is extremely important that they follow the directions as prescribed to prevent codeine addictions. These additions are normally caused by taking additional dosages at one time (doubling and tripling the dosages) and they can be caused by taking these medications for an extended period of time.

Administration of Codeine

When an individual is prescribed codeine, it can be administered in more than one way. Which means, some people may consume this substance by taking it orally (as prescribed by a physician). This medication can also be administered in other alternative forms and they include rectally or subcutaneously. Which means, the person may be administered cocaine by injection (i.e. under the skin) or another alternative method is Intramuscularly, which involves administering the drug into a muscle. This substance cannot be administered safely when it is given intravenous (i.e. (IV) injection) since it can result in different types of facial swelling. As an IV injection, it can also be dangerous because of high levels of histamine contained in it. Additionally, if it is administered as an IV, the person can have various cardiovascular issues as well as pulmonary edema (pulmonary edema is known as a build up of fluid in the lungs).

People who administer these drugs by various alternative forms are normally responding to a higher level of dependence on codeine. Which means, by using the alternative forms of administration, they can experience a higher level of ecstasy. Some people can also use this substance illegally by snorting it. Which means, codeine can also be freebased in a way that is very similar to freebasing heroin.

Codeine Effects and Dosages for Addicts

When an individual takes codeine, it is normally very effective with relieving pain. One of the main reasons why many physicians prescribe this medication to their patients is because it can relieve their pain symptoms in approximately 10 to 30 minutes after consumption. The effect of cocaine peaks within one to two hours and will normally last from four to six hours at a time. The prescribed dosage for codeine (when used as a pain treatment) will often range from 15 to 60 mg. If the physician prescribes the medicine to relieve dry coughs, the required dosage is 10 to 20 milligrams. On the other hand, the average recreational dosage for codeine will start at approximately 200 mg. Even though the narcotic effects of this substance can start at 30 milligrams, some users will only experience exhilaration with the higher doses of this substance.

Codeine Withdrawals

Before taking codeine or any substance, each individual should review and understand the different types of potential side effects. Some of the most commonly known potential side effects of this drug includes dizziness, the loss of motor skills, problems with coordination, drowsiness, stomach aches and nausea

Although all of the side effects listed above may be normal for those who use it as prescribed, there is also a long list of side effects that occur when a codeine addict has symptoms of withdrawals. The list of withdrawal symptoms includes nausea, flu like symptoms, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety, violent episodes and the shakes.

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