Codeine is a prescription opioid pain medication which is primarily used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. The drug is relatively short-acting and provides its users with a pleasurable euphoric sensation. As a member of the opiate class of narcotic prescription medications, codeine is a derivative of a member of the opium poppy plant. The drug is also used as a cough suppressant and to treat diarrhea and diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. Codeine has also been found useful in alleviating pain caused by cancer. The drug usually comes in the form of a tablet, capsule, or liquid solution to take by mouth. It is sometimes combined with other substances such as acetaminophen or as a primary ingredient in cough and cold medications, to make the drug more effective. With the drug being a much milder form of an opiate than morphine and heroin, users tend to believe it’s not possible to develop a psychological dependency, however codeine can cause both physical and psychological dependency. Once a person develops a tolerance for the drug and uses it increasingly, they can develop a dependence on the drug.
Codeine is highly effective and safe when taken as prescribed, however since the drug has habit-forming potential, some individuals develop an addiction. Recognizing the symptoms of codeine addiction is critical. Codeine is one of the most commonly used opioid narcotics in the world, both for prescription use and recreational use. The recreational use of codeine has grown very popular over the years. Some users of codeine become addicted to the drug in order to manage problems in their life such as emotional pain or stress, while others who innocently take the drug develop a tolerance which can lead to a dependence on the drug.
How Does Codeine Work?
Codeine’s effects are similar to other opiate drugs, its effects induces feelings of warmth and well-being, calmness, relaxation, and sleepiness. When used to treat pain, codeine works by altering the way the central nervous system responds to pain. WHen codeine is used as a cough suppressant it works by decreasing the activity levels in the region of the brain which causes coughing. When codeine enters into the central nervous system it activates the reward system of the brain which allows for the excessive release of pleasurable hormones, which is why many users become addicted to the drug. With codeine such a mild drug, when the initial effects no longer are fulfilling and an addiction has developed, the user will seek out more powerful prescription drugs or even illegal drugs such as heroin.
Codeine and Purple Drank
Today the use of codeine is very high among those who consume “purple drank”, which is a drink containing cough syrup composed of promethazine and codeine, soda such as Sprite, and candies such as Jolly Ranchers. Use of this concoction is very popular in the southern regions of the United States, especially among rappers. The name of the drink is derived from the purple hue the cough syrup creates, and the amount of cough syrup used often exceeds up to 25 times the recommended dose. There are several slang names for purple drank including: sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, purple jelly, and Texas tea.
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