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Codeine Allergy Alternatives
Probably not: Reactions to Codeine usually occur because it is a narcotic which can cause nausea and vomiting and directly activate cells in the body which contain histamine, called mast cells. In sensitive individuals Codeine causes mast cells to release histamine causing flushing, itching, hives, swelling of skin/lips, etc. The sensitivity persists but can pretreat or use fentanyl (less mast cell activation). ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
No way to know: The only way to know would be formal allergy testing or if you have taken it before. ...Read more
Dose related?: Many side effects of narcotic medications are not allergy, and are more likely at higher doses. They are a direct effect of the drug. Nausea, vomiting, itching and hives are all dose related direct effects of narcotic medications. If you have been taking narcotics for 20 years, you are more likely to need higher doses to achieve pain control and are at higher risk of the adverse effects as well. ...Read more
I have a codeine allergy (itchingrashvomiting). I've taken darvocet before. What is available for me to take now? Synthetics cause the same reaction
Codeine Allergy: First of all, there is no need to worry about darvocet since it and other Propoxyphene containing products no longer is on the market. The reactions you describe with Codeine are adverse effects, not allergies. If you truly need an opiate analgesic, pretreatment with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can reduce or eliminate the itching cased by opiates in some patients. ...Read more
May need chiari decompression surgery. Have a top ns for procedure if necessary. Have codeine allergy. How can pain b controlled post-operatively?
What could be causing my severe lower back pain and what should I do about it if I have codeine allergy?
Codeine allergy need to know. I had itching from morphine but ok so far with tylenol (acetaminophen) 3?
Supposing someone I know has an allergy to codeine (anaphylactic reaction), can they still be safe taking derivatives like hydrocodone?
No: If they truly had anaphylaxis to codeine, almost any other opiate will do the same thing, because they are all chemically closely related and are metabolized to Codeine and morphine, which is actually the active product that reduces pain. There are non-opiate medications (opioids) like meperidine, fentanyl, Methadone and others that are different and should not cause reactions. ...Read more
I am currently on glimpiride armour & fluoxetine. I also am allergic to codeine. What pain med can i take that won't react to my meds & allergy?
You have many: of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs that u can use including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and meloxicam. There are other narcotic medications not related to codeine or hydrocodone, which you should avoid unless you have no other choices. Some of these narcotics may react with your fluoxetine. Best to see a healthcare provider so they can sort these out. ...Read more
Hives, severe flushing, rashes from morphine, codeine, vicodin. True allergies. Can I take the DM products in OTC cold meds?
Opioid pseudoallergy: Their condition depends on the concentration of opioids in the mast cells. See your doctor for medication adjustment. ...Read more
Are there any doctors that are comfortable giving me a prescription for prometh with codeine syrup? For allergies, sinus pressure, cough, and pain
No: Doctors will never prescribe meds for patients they have never seen. This site is designed to answer questions, not to provide meds over the internet. ...Read more
I would like to be prescribed to promethazine w/codeine for my allergies, sneezing cough, insomnia, restlessness, agitation, anti-pshychotic effects.
Prescriptions: If you see your physician, s/he will take your history and examine you -- and also order any diagnostic tests that might help diagnose your condition. Sounds like you've been reading up on the possible effects of Promethazine w/codeine -- but your doctor will be the one to determine what, if anything, s/he feels is appropriate to prescribe. Best wishes. ...Read more
Trying to figure out my allergies. I get hives from Vicodin, Morphine, NSAIDS, Codeine. Does that mean also allergic to Percocet? How about Oxycodone?
Likely: The reaction from codeine, Vicodin, Morphine etc are not truly allergic reaction but from these drugs' ability to release histamine from your cells. Thus you will not likely tolerate any drug in the opiate group. NSAIDs can also cause hives (which are considered allergic in some) but more likely aggravates an existing episode of hives regardless what may be causing it. Need more information. ...Read more
Can promethazine with codeine be taken for sore throat and minimal cold/allergy symptoms like sneezing/runny nose?
68 yr-old man, new-onset loss of left toes dorsiflexion, 51 years after Harvey Cushing's Osteoplastic Craniotomy for temporal lobe epilepsy.....?
See ur NeuroSurgeon: New-onset loss of L foot dorsiflexion after craniotomy may be a complication of surgery, perhaps related to positioning. EMG/NCV (muscle & nerve testing) can localize site of nerve injury. Physical therapist can offer exercises to improve function as well as recommend ankle-foot orthotic to minimize risk of falling/tripping due to foot drop. Bottom line, chat w/your NeuroSurgeon then see FamilyDoc ...Read more
I suffer from migraines & nothing here in the usa has worked for me so far. In sa, I used meds with codeine which worked. Any OTC alternative here?
Yes: Would not recommend any opiates, as there is rebound and the problem gets worse. Instead, focus of prevention, and this includes prescription meds, but also botox. Have had amazing success with petadolex, but also have used feverfew, riboflavin, magnesium, and co-q-10, all of which are otc. Maybe a nearby headache specialist can guide you. ...Read more
If allergic to oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, & butrans & nucynta (tapentadol) do not work for pain, what alternatives are there? Demerol? Dillaudid?
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. ...Read more
Codeine in the mix:
Codeine is bundled with different meds (not OTC meds) for suppression effect.
It's with Tylenol (acetaminophen) for moderate to severe pain. Alters how brain perceives pain.
It's combined with promethazine to suppress cough.
It's in Soma compound. Alters how brain perceives pain.
It's in Fioricet. Decrease perception of headache pain Because codeine is an opioid, it has abuse and addiction risks. ...Read more
Killer is the word: This is a terrible goal! The risks of a lethal overdose are greater than the chances of having a great time. Never misuse Rx drugs w/out knowing that you are doing a foolish thing. I guess there are no totally safe ways to get high but there are better ones than this. Take yourself and your wellbeing seriously — consider some counseling. You deserve a better chance at a good life! ...Read more
Consult you doctor..: Before taking any medications. Codeine is often used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain when the use of an opioid analgesic is appropriate. Again it is important to consult your physician for a proper pain assessment to determine the appropriate course of therapy. ...Read more
Please Don't !!: Per Drugs. Com — mixing codeine & alcohol may ^ " nervous system side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impairment in thinking and judgment. In severe cases, low blood pressure, respiratory distress, fainting, coma, or even death may occur. " ...Read more