When doctors prescribe some medication to their patients with the idea of reducing their pain, they use Codeine. Codeine comes in the form of a tablet and is the main ingredient in prescription grade cough suppressants. When Codeine is mixed with Acetaminophen, Tylenol 3 is produced. Codeine has very strong and addictive properties for those who use it around the globe, in spite of being less potent than its drug relative Morphine. It is a dangerous and potentially deadly drug, despite the ease with which Codeine can be obtained and the glamorization of the drug in popular culture.
Codeine is an opiate also known as narcotic. Oxycodone, heroin, and Morphine are also part of the opiate group. Cough syrup, Coties, T-three's and Schoolboy are some of the names Codeine has on the streets.
Effects Of Codeine Abuse
A prescription for a Codeine-based cough syrup is one of the most innocent starts towards the use of Codeine. Getting and abusing Codeine is relatively easy as it is less regulated than some opiates that are considered to be more dangerous (like Morphine and OxyContin). Many Codeine user's develop a habit of using the drug to deal with all of their physical pain and eventually their emotional pain as well. Look for the right assistance now if you know some who is going through a Codeine addiction.
Despite the fact that Codeine is less intoxicating than Morphine, it presents similar effects.
Examples of the effects of Codeine are:
Despite the fact that some people consider Codeine to be nontoxic, drowsiness, constipation, loss of sight and even respiratory failure are among the side effects. In sufficiently huge doses, Codeine may prove to be lethal.
Depending On Codeine
Codeine, taken either as a tablet or syrup continuously can become an addiction. Many people don't realize just how powerful and addictive Codeine can be and they fall into an imaginary safe world of using Codeine instead of other opiates.
A high risk of developing a tolerance and eventually a dependence on Codeine is because it's an opiate. Once the susceptibility is created, the user will abuse Codeine, even when the original intention was to relieve an actual pain.
Codeine is the drug people usually start with before they move to Morphine or even Heroin.
Many people continue to do drugs after using Codeine. To maximize their feeling of high user's sometimes mix it with other substances and/or alcohol. Central nervous system depression is caused by both Codeine and alcohol, and their combination can lead to severe levels of depression in the brain and respiratory system. Find out how to recognize Codeine addiction.
Some people have Codeine as one item of a long list of drugs they use. Very often it is the drug that leads to further consumption of other opiates such as Oxycodone or Morphine.
When discussing your addictions with a treatment counsellor, it is important to be completely honest because administration of treatment varies depending on the number of drugs in a user's' system. For any kind of drug you use, there is a treatment solution.
Codeine cough syrup is used in the production of "purple drank". Purple Drank is made from combining prescription cough syrup containing Codeine with a fizzy drink like Sprite or Mountain Dew to allow one to take it in large amounts. Other names are lean, syrup and sizzurp.
Purple drank has been disturbingly hyped in popular culture, being referenced throughout several songs and TV shows. Artists like Lil' Wayne and Three 6 Mafia in their songs have named it.
On March 2013, the rapper Lil' Wayne was admitted to the intensive care unit due to Codeine abuse that caused him seizures and unconsciousness. Though he survived, he was in the dangerous situation after having his stomach pumped three times to remove the drug from his system.
Overcoming A Codeine Dependence
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