A 72-year-old male asked:
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since taking codeine i am urinating much less.could this be a side effect?thanks

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Dr. Arif Khan
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Urinary retention: Not very common with codeine specifically, but urinary retention is a side effect of opiate medications perhaps try a different medication class given the type of pain you may have.
Answered on Jan 22, 2016
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Dr. Charles Turck
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Yes: A decrease in how much or how often you urinate is a possible side effect. A slight decrease in amount or frequency of urine by itself is not concerning. If your urinary habits have changed *drastically* or there are any other changes in your health or daily functioning, then report the change to your doctor now. Otherwise, mention the change in urination at your next visit.
Answered on Feb 12, 2016
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