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Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

You: You should not give your 4 year old son Codeine for two reasons:

- first of all, Codeine does have an expiration date. It the medication was given to you two years ago, then it is almost certainly expired. Almost all medications have an expiration date. You should go through your medicine cabinet every three months and discard any old, unused portions of prescription medications.

- second, it is never safe to share prescription medications unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor. Codeine can be a good pain killer, but can be very dangerous in the wrong doses. Too large of a dose can cause someone to stop breathing. That why many medications are regulated via the prescription system - for safety - and should not be used unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor.

The best (and safest) treatments for a sore throat are: lots of fluids, rest, hot tea with honey and lemon, chicken noodle soup, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, and a spoonful of honey for a sore throat. Research shows that these home remedies are as effective and much safer than over the counter medications. If you are concerned about your son's illness, you should call his doctor to discuss the safest and most appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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What would happen if I drank promethazine with codeine that expired 3 years ago?

What would happen if I drank promethazine with codeine that expired 3 years ago?

May not "work": Either it will help your cough (i assume that's what you would take it for) or it will not. Just may not work as well as if it was "fresh". ...Read more

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2 years expired acetaminophen w codeine elixir. Safe?

2 years expired acetaminophen w codeine elixir. Safe?

Not recommended: Any time you take expired medication, you run the risk of taking a medication that may have a different chemical makeup then was originally intended. I would recommend you don't use any medication beyond its expiration, especially not two years past. ...Read more

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What happens if you take expired fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) w/ codeine?

What happens if you take expired fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) w/ codeine?

Not recommended: You should never use expired medicine. As it gets old, the chemicals can break down and produce undesired effects or the medication is no longer effective. ...Read more

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Can I take my old, expired codeine cough syrup (says use before 12/11/2013) instead of filling the new prescription for it I just received from my doc?

Can I take my old, expired codeine cough syrup (says use before 12/11/2013) instead of filling the new prescription for it I just received from my doc?

No you should not: We strongly advice you to throw away the exored codeine cough syrup which expired more than 15 months ago.
It may not even be effective and moreover it may make you sick as exposure to light, air and many other factors causing breakdown and mixing of ingredients may be harmful ...Read more

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Does codeine makes you high?

Yes.: This is one reason why people gets addicted to this drug. ...Read more

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Are DXM and codeine similar?

Are DXM and codeine similar?

No: Codeine is an opioid precursor that the body converts to Morphine. So its basically morphine. DXM is DXM and it is closer to ketamine in action. ...Read more

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Can you buy any form of codeine otc?

Can you buy any form of codeine otc?

Codeine: Codeine is a narcotic, a controlled substance. It's available by prescription only. ...Read more

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What is effect of codeine on children?

What is effect of codeine on children?

Codeine: Codeine, at the proper dosage, can relieve pain and suppress cough. However, it can also cause a child to stop breathing when used during the post-operative period (after surgery). Frequent usage can cause addiction. ...Read more

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Why does codeine increase my appetite?

Why does codeine increase my appetite?

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

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What are differing reactions to codeine?

What are differing reactions to codeine?

Codeine Side Effects: All of the opiates, including codeine, can cause nausea, vomiting, itching, constipation and sleepiness, and respiratory depression up to the point where you stop breathing and die. True allergic reactions to Codeine are rare but can occur. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about codeine linctus?

What can you tell me about codeine linctus?

Codeine linctus: Hello. This is used to suppress dry annoying hacking cough. Codeine is the active ingredient. (15mg in 5ml solution). Codeine is capable of suppressing the cough reflex in the central nervous system. ...Read more

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What are some medicines that contain codeine?

What are some medicines that contain codeine?

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

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How much time dose codeine stay in your system?

How much time dose codeine stay in your system?

Codeine only 1 day: The short half-life of Codeine in serum is only 2-4 hours. It takes approximately 6 half lives for a drug to be eliminated from your system. 4*6/24=1 days. The Codeine will stay in your system for about 1 days. Take this opportunity and stay clean. ...Read more

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If I stop taking codeine will my tolerance drop?

If I stop taking codeine will my tolerance drop?

If you have: Developed "tolerance", you may be addicted in which case stopping "cold turkey" may be a problem! Discuss with your Primary Care Provider!

Hope this is helpful!

Dr ZX ...Read more

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What will happen if you mix temezpam with codeine?

What will happen if you mix temezpam with codeine?

Temazepam?: "Using codeine together with temazepam may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. " (http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=718-0, 2153-0) ...Read more

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How much codeine would I need to get a killer high?

How much codeine would I need to get a killer high?

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

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Took 120mg codeine phostate by mistake will I be ok?

Took 120mg codeine phostate by mistake will I be ok?

A high single dose: But how well you do, may depend on if you take a medication like this long term and what dose or if you have only just started taking this. If you are really worried you should let your doctor know and they can guide you too. But if you are going to run into trouble you may notice sedation, drowsiness, nausea, itching, nausea/vomiting and other things too. This may prompt you to go to the ER. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get top effect from codeine?

An hour or so: It starts to take affect in about half an hour and peaks in a couple of hours. Stays around for about 4-5 hrs. ...Read more

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Why do people chose codeine? What purpose does it have?

Why do people chose codeine? What purpose does it have?

Pain relief: Codeine may be used to treat mild-to-moderate pain which is not relieved by nonopioid analgesics. However, codeine can slow or even stop your breathing, and this drug may be habit-forming. Misusing codeine can cause addiction, overdose or even death, particularly in a child or other person who uses this drug without a prescription. I am available to consult with you further on HealthTap. ...Read more

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What to do if I am highly alergic to codeine and opaites.?

What to do if I am highly alergic to codeine and opaites.?

Ensure It's Allergy: Codeine and opiates can cause non-allergic itching or hives. In fact before allergists could use histamine as a positive control for allergy testing they used codeine as a substitute because if you poke it into the skin, it creates a red itchy bump. ...Read more

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How many apap codeine pills can you take without overdose?

How many apap codeine pills can you take without overdose?

Depends...: Individual sensitivities vary, with rare cases of overdose from just two pills. Never take more than prescribed. ...Read more

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What to do if I got prescribed codeine what's it going to do?

Pain Medicine: It will help relief your pain. However it can have several side effects like sedation, fatigue, constipation, urinary retention, etc. If you have any of these side effects talk with your doctor to consider alternatives. ...Read more

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Help please! What drug contains codeine and how can I get it?

Codeine: Codeine is a controlled substance. It is in many medications by prescription only. Please contact your doctors to discuss it further. ...Read more

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Is it possible that some people do not get affected by codeine?

Is it possible that some people do not get affected by codeine?

No: Well, the answer is complicated. Its like asking : is it possible that some people don't get affected by alcohol?
Both are drugs and their affect will vary depending on an individual and their BMI (Body mass index). ...Read more