Codeine Interactions

  • Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Codeine

There are literally hundreds of medications that could interact with codeine. Codeine is a popular prescription medication that belongs to the opiate family and is used for mild to moderate pain and cough suppression. These can include some other pain relievers, sleeping aids and sedatives. It's important to speak with a doctor before taking codeine. Important information to share includes all other medications, supplements, vitamins and herbal preparations you are taking.

A doctor may advise you of some of the possible interactions, but it's also important to do your homework. Oftentimes, codeine is used in combination with non-narcotic pain relievers such as acetaminophen and aspirin. Acetaminophen taken in high doses has been linked to liver damage so it' important that you not take too much.

Combining Codeine With Some Other Substances Can Be Dangerous

Codeine can impair thinking, reaction time and physical ability. You should see what effect it has on you before operating a vehicle or potentially dangerous machinery. Combining codeine with some other substances can increase the sedative effects of this medication. Narcotics including codeine are known to depress the central nervous system. Substances that can be dangerous when combined with codeine include alcohol, other narcotics, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers and sedatives. These combinations could cause fogginess or confusion.

Alcohol and Codeine Don't Mix

Codeine and alcohol are a dangerous mix that could result in death. It's important for patients to check all food and medicine labels to make sure there is no alcohol in them. A doctor or pharmacist can assist you with any other questions you have about codeine, safe use and guidelines for avoiding complications.

Special Warnings

This medication, as with all opiate drugs, can be habit forming and needs to be taken with care. People who have had prior issues with drug or alcohol abuse/addiction may want to explore other, non-narcotic options.