Promethazine, Codeine Syrup, is an antihistamine that relieves watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. Codeine is an opioid cough suppressant (antitussive) that affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough.
Codeine Syrup is a Schedule II controlled narcotic. Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Codeine is a drug that doctors may prescribe for pain, coughing, and sleeplessness. Short term use under the close supervision of a doctor is generally safe.
What are Codeine Syrup Withdrawal Symptoms?
People who become addicted to codeine or use the drug for long periods may experience withdrawal when they stop taking it. Although withdrawal can be unpleasant, it is not deadly. For most people, the most intense withdrawal symptoms ease within a few days. Withdrawal symptoms may be both psychological and physical. Some of the most common symptoms are an intense and overwhelming desire to use the drug, which may get worse over hours or days. A distorted sense of reality, such as believing that codeine is the only thing making life worthwhile is common.
Negative emotions, such as depression, anger, or irritability can occur. Anxiety and restlessness are unavoidable. Shedding tears, difficulty concentrating, dilated pupils, headaches, sinus congestion, sneezing, digestive problems, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation, stomach pain, nausea, chills, hot flashes, intense muscle aches, bone, and joint aches and pains, tremors, shaking, and trouble sleeping are similar to a severe bout of flu. A person experiencing withdrawal may not be able to work or go to school for several days. The type and intensity of opioid withdrawal symptoms depend on several factors such as overall health, pregnancy, and other co-occurring substance addictions.
What is the Timeline for Codeine Syrup Withdrawal?
Withdrawal symptoms usually begin shortly after a person misses their next usual dose of a drug. For example, a person who takes codeine every 6 hours may begin noticing withdrawal symptoms after 6 or 7 hours without the drug. The duration of codeine withdrawal varies from person to person. Physical withdrawal symptoms, such as muscle aches and tremors, typically get worse over a few days, then quickly improve. Psychological withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings or an intense desire to use, may last several weeks.
What are the Effects of Codeine Syrup Abuse?
The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that “Codeine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose.” An overdose is very dangerous and can be fatal. The prescribed dose of codeine is based on your weight, age, and how much pain you’re experiencing. If you take more than you’re prescribed, you could overdose. If you take too much of the medicine, the chemicals in the drug can cause you to not think clearly. To reverse the effect of an overdose Narcan may be administered.
How Can Allure Detox Help You?
If you or someone you know is fighting with Codeine syrup dependence, Allure Detox provides a safe and comfortable environment for you to begin your journey in recovery. Our services meet the specific medical, mental, social, occupational, and family needs of our patients. We provide different therapies and treatments in order to maximize each person’s success by facing everyone’s health and happiness head-on. Our addiction professionals will help you plan your care which includes but isn’t limited to outpatient therapy and residential treatment. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to one of our confidential professionals at Allure Detox.