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Expired Codeine Cough Syrup
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
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Cough syrup: You need to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
For What?: Why are you asking? For a drug test? To take other medication? To be not detected? ...Read more
Why does codeine make me itch? I have been taking it in a cough syrup for about one week and it is getting worse.
Perhaps: You are allergic to it.Get a more detailed answer ›
1 day only: 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
Sorry: Doubt it but do not know the laws and availability in Canada. It's not OTC here ...Read more
Codeine: If you have a valid prescription this is not a concern. It usually lasts 3 - 5 days. ...Read more
I appreciate your: Honesty. I once saw a video of two men who died after they smoked poison ivy. Their lungs filled up with fluid, their throat closed & died painfully in a few minutes. I can't imagine the road you are on will end in anything different. Shame. Honesty is a great virtue. It's time to be honest with yourself. You need help. ...Read more
I drive a school bus. I took cough syrup w/ codeine on sat. If tested will it be out of my system by Monday am?
Codeine: May be not but since the medication contained codeine it would have to have been prescribed for you which would explain why the test may be positive. ...Read more
I take 1mg lorazepam a day as needed. Today I went to the drs sick and got a codeine cough syrup can I take 5ml after the lorazepam 6hrs ago?
It might....: But you are ingesting a lot of other compounds that you don't need to combat back pain. Would discuss with a pain specialist to ensure that you take more "pure" medications that help reduce your pain without other additives such cough suppressants. He/she may also discuss other techniques/options that lessen reliance on medications. ...Read more
I took 1.5 Tablespoons instead of 2teaspoons of cough syrup Promethazine with Codeine. Will I be ok? Or should I be worried?
Prometh c Cod: While not impossible, It would be highly unusual to encounter any serious adverse side effects at this dosage in the standard US concentration. Transient somnolence, dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention and other minor side effects may be noted. ...Read more
How many hours apart should I be taking my 1mg lorazepam a day as needed and 5ml codeine cough syrup for pneumonia, to be safe?
Ask pharmacist or Dr: The risks are not terrible as long as you stay pretty much at rest. Becoming drowsy or dizzy and having judgement impaired are the common effects and make it dangerous to drive or do tasks that require clarity. But do call to ask and get good info on what to do if you feel bad. I hope you feel better real soon. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with the flu and was prescribed cough syrup with codeine. It is keeping me awake!! Is there another cough syrup I can use?
You are having a paradoxical reaction to the codeine. Should list it as an allergy going forward on your medical charts.
Can use OTC Robitussin a guafenein expectorant. Do you really need a cough medication? Is the cough from post nasal drip? Could use antihistamine like loratidine. Ask your pharmacist for an OTC product. None contain codeine. See your Doctor for Rx cough med without codeine. ...Read more
Codeine& milk: Codeine is not prohibited during breast feeding but excess sedation in your baby may occur. Watch out for this! Taking the dose immediately AFTER nursing will help most of the medication clear your system before the next feeding time. ...Read more
No: Codeine is one drug that is actually concentrated in breast milk and may cause problems in the baby ...Read more
No: It wouldn't harm to drink water but it is not neccessary. ...Read more
She went to the emergency room yesterday they said I have bronchitis in a prescribed me an inhaler and cough syrup with codeine should havantibiotics?
Family Medicine: Not sure why you would use the most expensive place to get health care for a common winter cold or bronchitis. Family clinics are much easier to handle and it is always best to get this primary care from your family doctor. It is the winter still, despite the date, and viral illnesses are still in full swing. ...Read more
Unfortunately there is no way to remove the tylenol (acetaminophen) or acetominophen from such a product. One has to get another product. Your pharmacist can assist you with this and making sure your physician understands why a new product is being requested.
Good for you for learning that tylenol (acetaminophen) can be dangerous. ...Read more
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