by Natalie Liou

What is Codeine?

Codeine is an opiate-based medication, also it can be used with other medications, the narcotic medication is used in the treatment of mild to moderate pain and as a cough suppressant.

  • prescription drug
  • narcotic pain medicine
  • cough reliever
  • painkiller

How is the drug taken?

Taken orally

  • tablet
  • capsule
  • solution (liquid)

Street Names:

  • Cody
  • Captain Cody
  • Schoolboy
  • Purple Drank
  • sip-sip
  • lean
  • Sizzurp
  • Texas Tea
  • Rainbow Colors
  • syrup

How does the drug effect the body?

Short term: increase tolerance in pain, decrease discomfort, drowsiness, depresses breathing, nausea, vomiting, lightheaded, sleepiness, constipation, slowed heartbeat, loss of consciousness, inability to urinate

Long term: mental health problems - (problems concentrating, depression, disorientation, insomnia), respiratory depression, sexual dysfunction, chronic constipation, seizures, tremors and shakes, convulsions, hallucinations, stomach bleeding, blurred vision, skin itching, kidney/liver damage

Sign of Abuse:

  • Nausea, vomiting, sedate appearance, stomach pain, cannot operate large vehicles/equipment,
  • A heavy user can suffer seizures
  • Over Dose can result in loss of consciousness, shallow and slow breathing, limpness, slow heartbeat, and cold and clammy skin

Dependence/ Addiction

A person can start out getting a reduction of pain at 15 milligrams but then make his/her way to higher dosages of 30 milligrams when the drug stops helping. The higher the dosage, the more likely the person will become addicted when the use goes on for a long period of time.

  • if the doctor cuts the patient off of the drug, the patient will go through sever withdrawal if on a high dosage