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Codeine is a widely used drug. How many people experience some of these side effects while on codeine yet go on another drug for a side effect they are experiencing? Say for example someone is on codeine for back pain. They eventually start to develop stomach pain and go back to the Dr and are then put on stomach pills, instead of trying an alternative treatment or even suspecting the codeine. Or say a woman experiences mood changes and they are told it is menopause and put of hormones. Personally I think this goes on a lot in society today. Medicating the side effects. It seems very out of control to me.

We really should reporting side effects to the FDA. I know I haven’t personally but with the long list of side effects I been through I should have.

I found some sources for the side effects from codeine, see below. I hope if you are a codeine user, you will take this list seriously and consider that it could be the culprit:

Codeine is absorbed quickly from the GI tract and it’s first pass through the liver results in very little loss of the drug. This contrasts with morphine in which over 90% of the drug is metabolized in the first pass through the liver resulting in a considerable loss of potency when administered orally.

Narcotics induce an “opioid analgesia” by altering the perception of pain at the spinal cord and brain. They also affect emotional responses to pain. Opioids have stimulating effects as well because they block inhibitory neurotransmitters. Repeated use of these drugs can cause long-term changes in the way the nervous system functions.

Codeine has a variety of recognizable side effects, including:

  • stomach bleeding
  • kidney and liver damage
  • “itchies”
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • hangover
  • tiny pupils, blurred vision, poor night vision
  • impair your ability to drive
  • lowered heart rate, blood pressure and breathing
  • disorientation, hallucinations
  • convulsions
  • depression
  • sexual problems
  • agitation, tremors, and seizures


What side effects can this medication cause?

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Codeine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • mood changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • stomach pain
  • difficulty urinating

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • rash
  • itching
  • hives
  • changes in vision
  • seizures

Codeine may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].


Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
•allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
•breathing problems
•cold, clammy skin
•fast or slow heartbeat
•feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
•trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•dry mouth
•nausea, vomiting
•pinpoint pupils

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


See my article on alternatives to tylenol has potential for liver and kidney toxicity, even death for some alternative pain relief:


Canada is suffering with a heroin problem because of Afghanistan. Isn’t it amazing how a war can effect everyone in some way? That’s the butterfly effect.
If 48 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, how many people world wide are using prescriptions? Do you see the passive income and profit here? Wow! KA-CHING, KA-CHING!! We are a pill popping nation whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs. IS ANYONE DRIVING SOBER? I did an article (link below) on corporations that have pied guilty or no contest to crimes and have been criminally fined in the United States. Think about how much of this is going on worldwide.


Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

growing problems in the United States is prescription

– The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that close to 20 percent of people (48 million) over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

according to research, one of the growing causes of the increasing incidence of prescription drug abuse is the availability of drugs. This makes it easier for abusers to “pharm” prescriptions drugs. This practice of taking handfuls of drugs from wherever possible is especially growing amongst the youth.

– 9.3 percent of 12th graders report that they used Vicodin without a prescription, and 5 percent report using OxyContin. And these are just two drugs

– most common targets are strong painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin

– use of tranquilizers is increasing as well.

– the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that nearly 3 million teenagers and young adults (those aged 12 to 25) become new abusers of prescription drugs.

56 percent of the 6 million new prescription drug abusers were over the age of 18

prescription drug abuse is rising amongst the elderly as well. Even though only 13 percent of the population, the elderly account for about 1/3 of the prescriptions, reports NIH. This lends itself to prescription drug abuse.

Canada faces a flood of heroin and addicts

By Alex Roslin and Bilbo Poynter, Postmedia News December 12, 2010

Treatment centres in cities around Canada are struggling to cope with a surge of addicts — many younger than ever before — who are hooked on a rising tide of heroin pouring into this country from war-torn Afghanistan.

It’s a similar story across much of the rest of the world. After years of declining use in the 1990s, heroin and other opiates have made a startling resurgence around the globe — thanks in large part to a 37-fold increase in Afghan opium production since 2001, when Canadian soldiers helped the U.S. overthrow the country’s Taliban government. Afghanistan now supplies 92 per cent of the world’s opium.

Increased heroin supply in Canada, Europe and Asia and falling prices of the drug are the little-noticed side-effects of the Western presence in Afghanistan since 2001.


Rise in U.S. prescription drug abuse: Study

AFP September 17, 2010

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who used illegal drugs or abused prescription medications rose last year to reach its highest level since 2002, a survey released Thursday showed.

Nearly 22 million Americans aged 12 and older used illegal drugs in 2009, a rise of nine percent from 2008, the survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found.

Some seven million Americans older than 12 took prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. The bulk of the abuse of prescription medications involved painkillers, which some 5.3 million Americans used off-label last year — a rise of 20 percent from 2002.

Among teens, the rate of nonmedical prescription painkiller use rose 17 percent year on year, with most youngsters saying they got the meds from friends, family or an unsecured medicine cabinet.

Sixty percent more Americans used methamphetamine in 2009 versus 2008, and three-quarters of a million used ecstasy in 2009, the highest number of users since 2002.

“There is a relationship between economic issues and substance abuse,” she said.

The rate of drug abuse among the unemployed was double that of Americans with full-time jobs — 17 percent versus eight percent.

On a brighter note, cocaine use among 18-25 year olds has fallen by 18 percent since 2007.




I found some excellent sources for drug, food and herbal interactions. Many sources deep within the first website. Dalhouse University, College of Pharmacy:






Here is some great information for anyone who may need help with addiction.

We all fight addiction everyday whether it is food, drugs, alcohol, collecting, gambling,

beauty, shopping. To err is human! It’s ok. If we admit there is a problem,

we can work on a solution. One day at a time! Lets just help our fellow mankind to find a

way out. I know many people who look down at people who do street drugs yet they are

on 3 different prescription drugs and drinking alcohol with it. Are we being honest

about our own addictions? You could be addicted to your pain medications without even

knowing. You have to wean yourself off, a lot of drugs. I wonder myself too if some

people are addicted to perfumes, body creams, hair sprays etc. Some people leave my

head spinning, almost like an intoxication by how much of a cocktail of fragrance they

wear. Are we becoming addicted to the chemicals we spray and slather on to our

bodies as well?

My personal opinion, we need to clean up the chemical cocktails the FDA has allowed in

our food and personal care products! They aren’t good for humans, animals, the

ground, water or the air so why are they still being allowed? Nature did not intend this

stuff to be in our bodies and we wonder why there are so many diseases today? Start

reading the chemicals on what you are consuming and putting on your body.

This is the National Institute for
Drug Addiction


There is a lot of great information and

Information on drugs, herbs and
supplements interactions and side effects from



Learn about your
prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects,
dosage, special precautions, and more.

Herbs and Supplements

Browse dietary supplements
and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug

Here are a few more drug interaction websites that are useful: