Codeine is probably one of the easiest prescription drugs for people to get their hands on. It is also one of the medications that is used recreationally and can cause physical dependency. Extended use of the drug can have a significant effect on the body of the person taking the codeine.
What Exactly Is Codeine?
A member of the opiate family, codeine is a narcotic that is available by prescription. It is most commonly used to treat pain, such as after surgery. It also has been used in the past to suppress coughs and treat chronic diarrhea. Codeine works by keeping the pain receptors in the brain from sending pain throughout the body. In addition to diminishing the pain a person is experiencing, codeine can result in slower breathing and drowsiness. When the breathing begins to slow, it can result in serious medical issues, including death. The drug gives a feeling of contentment and mimics the feeling you may have if you were to take ecstasy – a state of pure bliss and joy.
Codeine Use Signs and Symptoms
Because of the high and the feeling of elatement that often comes with the consumption of codeine, it is very attractive. This is why recreational use of codeine is such a serious problem. Users may begin to experience not only a physical dependency of the drug, but a tolerance as well, which can lead to an accidental overdose and possible death. Misuse of the prescription medication can lead to the failure of kidneys and livers as well as internal hemorrhaging.
Users often experience a variety of side effects when taking codeine, including shallow breathing, vomiting, nausea, agitation, confusion, dry mouth, itching, depression and seizures. Individuals who are allergic to the drug or other opiates may experience swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat, in addition to hives and rashes on the body.
Codeine should never be taken with other pain killers, sedatives, tranquilizers or alcohol.
Codeine Medical Detox Treatment
Medical experts have conducted research that leads them to believe that medical detox via IV is the safest way to detox from codeine. It isn’t uncommon for with the withdrawal process to be uncomfortable and particularly painful. Some of the symptoms include sweating, fever, insomnia, dehydration, vomiting, muscle pain and stomach cramps.
Luckily, you don’t have to detox by yourself. Shadow Mountain Recovery has a program that will keep you as comfortable as possible while weening you off of the prescription narcotic. It is a hard and long process, but it is not beyond reach. If you would like a medical professional to oversee your codeine detox treatment, which is the safest way for you since there will be someone monitoring you 24/7, contact us today for more information and to set up an appointment for an initial and in-depth assessment of your well-being.