Codeine is the most widely used, naturally occurring narcotic in medical treatment in the world.
Codeine is used to treat mild to moderate pain and cough suppression. Commonly known as Tylenol 3, codeine falls into the category of opiates and is metabolized like morphine through glucuronic acid.
Though it has less abuse potential than other opiates, Codeine can be dangerous and may cause dependency if not used as prescribed. Less potent than morphine, Codeine is used to treat mild to severe pain and cough suppression.
Commonly known as Tylenol 3, Codeine is considered the most widely used opiate in the world. It can be synthesized from morphine or extracted from opium.
Withdrawal from Codeine is relatively mild when compared to other opiates. Symptoms can include cravings, sweating, runny nose, sleeping problems, yawning, cramps, weakness, nausea, diarrhea, chills, vomiting and irritability.
In order to minimize the effects of withdrawal, it is recommended to gradually reduce the use of Codeine with the help of a healthcare professional.
As with other opiates, Codeine is used recreationally and can be abused for the high it produces. Opiate detox can be difficult to overcome and may require medical supervision.