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Codeine is prescription only – what now?

5 March 2018 No Comment

Now that codeine has been made prescription only, what are your alternatives? A recent article on the ABC Health website breaks down your options really well. It takes you through various conditions like Migraines, Period Pain, Cold and Flu etc to give you the best up to date information.

Firs of all we should point out that pain medications are only ever meant to be temporary measures. if you really want a solution you should consult your health care practitioner to try to get to the bottom of things and find out why you have pain in the first place.

Here are the key points from the article:

Codeine use can be harmful

Codeine is an opioid pain medication that is converted into morphine once you swallow it. Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia found the rate of codeine-related deaths in Australia more than doubled between 2000 to 2009.

Low-dose codeine isn’t that effective

Research has shown that over-the-counter pain medicines containing codeine offer very little additional benefit when compared with similar medicines without codeine.

“There are other medicines available that are more effective for pain, and certainly less dangerous when compared to codeine,” Dr Seidel said.

Using codeine to treat a cough is “outright dangerous”, says Dr Seidel.

“We are extremely concerned that patients who have a cough for a little while, who have undiagnosed lung conditions such as asthma or COPD, are trying to self-medicate with a codeine – and unfortunately experience respiratory arrest, thanks to the use of codeine over a long period of time.”

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