Codeine is an opiate/pharmaceutical drug that is generally used to treat pain relief and for cough suppression. It is an addictive drug with many symptoms of use in common with other opiates. Codeine addiction usually starts with an increased tolerance for the drug due to ongoing use. This means that a person could start out with a reduction of pain (or other symptoms), but then require a higher dosage when the drug stops helping. This is the usual phenomenon with opiate painkillers. The higher the dosage, the more likely it is that a person will become addicted when used over a long period of time.
Ongoing codeine usage can lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, and agitation when attempting to stop using it.
As with other opiate-based drugs, habitual use or abuse of codeine can lead to addiction or physical dependence. In such cases withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is discontinued. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
To curb potential withdrawal symptoms, it is advised that long-term users gradually reduce their codeine intake under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
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