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Is it safe to take codeine on empty stomach? It causes me constipation

Is it safe to take codeine on empty stomach? It causes me constipation

Safe but nauseous: Codeine, and all of the opiate drugs, can cause nausea, especially if taken on an empty stomach. The best way to avoid this is to eat someting like bread or crackers before taking the drug. And all of the opiates also cause constipation- so drink more water and eat fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Have a sinus infection & was prescribed Zithromax & guaifenesin w/codeine. Can this cause constipation? I haven't really eaten but feel quite bloated.

Have a sinus infection & was prescribed Zithromax & guaifenesin w/codeine. Can this cause constipation? I haven't really eaten but feel quite bloated.

After days: Usually only after several days of therapy will the opioid codeine contribute to constipation. If you've been on it for days, it may be the codeine. If you just recently started this regimen, I might suspect something else (diet, lack of hydration or movement). ...Read more

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Is constipation codeine withdrawal?

Is constipation codeine withdrawal?

Codeine: No - constipation is due to use of Codeine and other opioids. When withdrawing you gets cramps and the runs. ...Read more

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Is constipation a side effect of tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine?

Is constipation a side effect of tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine?

Yes: Codeine is probably the drug that does this, but why are you taking these two drugs? ...Read more

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On codeine for sore lower back. Stomach extremely bloated -> bowel movements normal, don't think it's constipation. Stomach tight, irritable. Norm?

On codeine for sore lower back. Stomach extremely bloated -> bowel movements normal, don't think it's constipation. Stomach tight, irritable. Norm?

Side effect: It's true that codeine often causes constipation but it can also cause gastric irritation and/ or nausea in some patients. If you are intolerant of codeine you may have to get by with extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) which doesn't irritate the stomach. You may tolerate codeine if you take it with food and not on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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I have been clean and in a program for 7 years and just had a drug test show up positive for Codeine without taking it. The test said 47ng/mL- causes?

I have been clean and in a program for 7 years and just had a drug test show up positive for Codeine without taking it. The test said 47ng/mL- causes?

We need to talk: As a pathologist, I would not accept this level as indicating codeine use. These assays generate background noise and low levels are to be expected when there's been no drug ingestion. This is about a sixth of 300 ng/mL which is a common cutoff for codeine. The lab's pathologist should agree or risk liability. I believe you're clean. If someone else doesn't, get a lawyer. ...Read more

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Can codeine cause weight gain?

Can codeine cause weight gain?

Very rare.: Not much more to say. All medications have side effects but weight gain is listed as very rare for codeine. If you experience weight gain with no other changes is medications or lifestyle then this may be a side effect and should be discussed with you physician. ...Read more

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Can taking codeine cause a positive drug test for cocaine?

Not likely: Most drug screens test for Cocaine and Codeine separately. The test is specific for the individual metabolites of each substance. ...Read more

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Why does codeine cause vasodilation in the body but vasoconstriction in the lungs?

Why does codeine cause vasodilation in the body but vasoconstriction in the lungs?

Doubtful: While vasodilitation has been reported I could not find evidence for vasoconstriction in lungs. Exact mechanism is not clear. Personally I have not found any significant drop in BP in scores of patients taking codeine. ...Read more

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I have chronic RLS after 3yrs on mirapex (pramipexole) it now causes symptoms to worsen! Also on codeine sulfate. What's next? Thought i'd found the relief

I have chronic RLS after 3yrs on mirapex (pramipexole) it now causes symptoms to worsen! Also on codeine sulfate. What's next? Thought i'd found the relief

Troublesome!: Rls is very troublesome. All the meds we use show tolerance over time. You can google the laundry list of meds we use (sinemet, klonopin, neurontin, mirapex, (pramipexole) etc.) but your best bet is to sit down with a sleep specialist in your area. He/she can guide next med selection. Btw, occasionally 400 mg of magnesium helps before bedtime. Cheap, too. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What causes codeine phosphate to give me a headache and nausea?

What causes codeine phosphate to give me a headache and nausea?

Codeine: You might experience side effect from codeine. Please discuss these symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a codeine allergy (itchingrashvomiting). I've taken darvocet before. What is available for me to take now? Synthetics cause the same reaction

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

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Burning pins n needles in face taken 300mg tramadol n 180mg of codeine ova 24hr not at same time meds given by pain clinic but could combo cause this?

Burning pins n needles in face taken 300mg tramadol n 180mg of codeine ova 24hr not at same time meds given by pain clinic but could combo cause this?

Unusual: I would think the meds were not causing the sensation; and it may have more to do with why your taking the meds which you did not identify. ...Read more

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I am currently taking acetominophen with codeine 300 mg for a hurt foot and it has caused some itching. Not horrible, just annoying. Is this normal?

I am currently taking acetominophen with codeine 300 mg for a hurt foot and it has caused some itching. Not horrible, just annoying. Is this normal?

Benign side effect: Itching is a common narcotic side effect. It does not mean that you are allergic to codeine. The itching may improve if you take an antihistamine. If the codeine makes you drowsy, choose one of the non-sedating antihistamines available over the counter. ...Read more

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Sactica taking codeine and methocarbamol 8 off each aday not taking pain away is they a cure allso I dislocated my right shoulder watthat the cause?

Sactica taking codeine and methocarbamol 8 off each aday not taking pain away is they a cure allso I dislocated my right shoulder watthat the cause?

Sciatica: Need clarification in regards to your pain concerns. Is it the shoulder or your hips. Sciatica occurs in the hips. Pain from dislocation of the shoulder may linger but if for too long it needs to be re-evaluated. Consult your doctor if taking strong meds for over a week does not seem to resolve the pain. ...Read more

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Can Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause scalp breakouts?

Can Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause scalp breakouts?

Not known to: This is not a usual side effect to Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine unless it is possible that you may be allergic to either medication. The breakout on your scalp may be related to a completely different cause. You may try to figure out what that may be or see your doctor and get an opinion. You could stop the Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine to see if it makes a difference. All the best figuring out the source. ...Read more

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How often does tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause aggressive behavior?

How often does tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause aggressive behavior?

Aggressive Behavior: It is as difficult to say as it is related to the person using the medication, the reason for its use, the amount and length of use, and other circumstances involved like other medications associated or drug abuse interfering with its metabolism, etc. Withdrawal of an opiate is another reason to be considered and likely to produce aggressive behavior, . ...Read more

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Can nitrofurantoin cause diarrhea even if codeine is already being taken for diarrehea?

Can nitrofurantoin cause diarrhea even if codeine is already being taken for diarrehea?

Yes: Unfortunately, antibiotic-induced diarrhea persists as long as you continue the med. If you are not having severe abdominal pains, fevers, bloody diarrhea, then you can try some Imodium (loperamide) ad. If you develop some of those other symptoms, let your doctor know because you may have something else more serious going on. ...Read more

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I have permanent AF is it ok to take codeine as a painkiller? I see that it can cause a fast heart rate. Thanks

I have permanent AF is it ok to take codeine as a painkiller? I see that it can cause a fast heart rate. Thanks

No, see specialist: Codeine is a dangerous drug with many side effects, not a casual drug for all pain. In high doses it can cause respiratory depression, constipation and inability to reason or drive a vehicle. Identify your cause of pain, and see a heart specialist for better, safer alternatives with less side effects. ...Read more

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Can body weakness be caused by mixing tramadol oxycodone paracetamol and codeine?

Can body weakness be caused by mixing tramadol oxycodone paracetamol and codeine?

Yes: Definitely. Not just body weakness but mental weakness and difficulty focusing. Not just when u take it, but after the effects wear off. Really need to be careful please. Please ask for help. U are not alone and there are always other ways that are not so self destructive. ...Read more

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I accidentally went 40mg above the maximum dosage of codeine 5 days ago and since then I have been getting fever, upper right abdominal pain causes?

I accidentally went 40mg above the maximum dosage of codeine 5 days ago and since then I have been getting fever, upper right abdominal pain causes?

Gall bladder: Right upper quadrant pain and fever could signal gall bladder (GB) inflammation or infection, and narcotics like codeine can precipitate GB problems. Pneumonia also can cause upper abdominal pain and fever. Please see a doctor for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Over the past wk I have developed RUQ pain and under R lower rib cage temp 37.8 WBC count elevated accidoverdose on codeine 1 wk prior by 40mg causes?

Over the past wk I have developed RUQ pain and under R lower rib cage temp 37.8 WBC count elevated accidoverdose on codeine 1 wk prior by 40mg causes?

Many possible causes: One possible cause is damage to your liver if the codeine that you took had Tylenol (acetaminophen) in it as well. Another possible cause is that your gallbladder may have gallstones in it and may be inflamed as a result of the stones (unrelated to the codeine). The best option is to be evaluated ASAP (Emergency Room or Urgent Care clinic) with blood work (especially liver function tests) and an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can codeine cause stomach problems such as sickness and sharp stomach pain?

Can codeine cause stomach problems such as sickness and sharp stomach pain?

Possibly: Codeine and other opiates are well known for causing nausea. Sharp pains, not so sure. If continues (especially after stopping medication, which you should) see your md again. ...Read more

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Can fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) #3 cause itching?

Can fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) #3 cause itching?

Narcotic itch: Great question. Any narcotic (or opioid medication) can cause the side effect of itching. If the itching is severe, you may have to change to a different medication. Many other things can cause itching too. If you continue to have itching after stopping the medication, then you have to rule out other potential offending agents. ...Read more

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I was given Morphine, IV it caused respitory arrest. I have taken Hydrocodone, Demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) & Percocet, &was fine Can I take Codeine a morphine derivative?

I was given Morphine, IV it caused respitory arrest. I have taken Hydrocodone, Demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) & Percocet, &was fine Can I take Codeine a morphine derivative?

Morphine: There is a greater risk when you take or get any medication IV. You had it. The Hydrocodone and the Percocet are oral and at much lower doses. Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) is not recommended oral and is usually used IV. While there is a risk it is small, it does increase if you use alcohol or other sedatives. ...Read more

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As codeine can cause respiratory depression, can it also cause right atrial enlargement or abnormal ECG findings?

As codeine can cause respiratory depression, can it also cause right atrial enlargement or abnormal ECG findings?

Codeine: Very unlikely codeine would cause such cardiac issues. Overdose might result in secondary cardiac issues, but these would likely be acute. Right atrial enlargement takes more time to develop. "ECG findings" is pretty vague. At your age, if you have such cardiac issues, it is critical to be seen by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause aggressive behavior in children? My 4 yr old child has been taking it every 4 hours for one week after a tonsillectomy

Yes: I have seen the Codeine have the effect of producing irritability in some kids. You may want to try tylenol (acetaminophen) without for a few doses to see if you get your kid back. ...Read more

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