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A 52-year-old female asked:

Why does codeine increase my appetite ?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
NO IDEA: at all! Most commonly OPIATES DECREASE the appetite! Consult with the Prescriber!! Hope this helps! Dr Z
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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
I can only guess: Sometimes appetite is increased when anxiety is less and opioids are known to reduce anxiety. While codeine is a "mild" opioid some people are quite sensitive. That's my best guess. Careful though, because I think this sensitivity to codeine might put you at greater risk of becoming addicted to it.
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