- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Codeine
Storing prescription medications is a matter of safety. Codeine is a narcotic prescription medication used to treat mild to moderate pain and cough suppression. It may also be prescribed for other conditions, such as diarrhea, but it is most often used for pain and cough. It belongs to a class of drugs called opiates and can be habit forming.
This medication suppresses the central nervous system so the person for whom it was prescribed should only take it. This medication should not be shared. Codeine should be stored in a secure location and out of the reach of children. Children and pets may have a serious reaction if they take this medication. Because of this, codeine should be stored in a childproof container.
Recommendations for Where and How to Store Codeine
It is best to keep all prescription medications out of direct sunlight and moisture, and away from direct heat. These elements could change the makeup of the drug. It is often recommended that codeine be stored in temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Examples of places that may be safe for storage include a locked or otherwise secure medicine cabinet that is out of reach of children. It may not be a good idea to keep this medication lying around, in a purse or in a pill container on the counter.
Codeine and Other Opiates Are Drugs of Abuse
When dealing with potent prescription medications such as opiates, it's always a good idea to keep track of how many pills you have. Drugs in this class are known for their abuse potential and someone who is desperate for this medication or looking to abuse it may steal it. It's best not to share which drugs you've been prescribed with anyone.
Codeine can be habit forming and may lead to problems with dependency if misused or abused. Prolonged use can lead to codeine addiction, and overdose is possible. Withdrawal symptoms will develop if you've become physically dependent upon this medication and you try to stop taking it. In this case, professional opiate detox may be needed to help patients recover safely.