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How does codeine affect our brain's neurotransmitters?

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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Slows: Narcotics typically slow neurotransmission, especially the ones signalling pain.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Similar to endorphin: The chemical structure of Codeine is similar to that of the neurotransmitter, endorphin, a natural pain-killer produced by the body. As such, Codeine molecules can fit readily into endorphin receptor sites, and stimulate those neurons to accomplish the same end result - suppressing the perception of pain.
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Last updated Jun 21, 2019

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