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User Reviews for Codeine to treat Pain

Codeine has an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 from a total of 35 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 63% of those users who reviewed Codeine reported a positive effect, while 11% reported a negative effect.

Codeine Rating Summary

7.7/10 average rating

35 ratings from 37 user reviews.

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Reviews for Codeine

Hoppimike · Taken for less than 1 month March 6, 2021

“Works great! No issues whenever I've taken it so far.”

8 / 10
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Hal January 5, 2021

“Prescribed for Crohn's disease but only take it when absolutely necessary due to the terrible indigestion and nausea it causes”

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Ney · Taken for less than 1 month January 28, 2020

“This drug worked amazingly for my pinched nerve in my neck it dulled the pain HOWEVER I got severe case of constipation after taking it over a week and a half. I do want to try it again but I’m going to see my GP about how I can combat this.”

7 / 10
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Dexy November 30, 2019

“I *need* Codeine for the pain of Fibromyalgia and take 8 codeine phosphate daily. But I'm going to be tapered off due to the addition epidemic. It's unfair on genuine patients that some abuse it, which put changes to guidelines on prescriptions. Just cos some go on their crusades to change laws puts pressure on others.”

9 / 10
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PainPatient97 · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 29, 2018

“I am 20 years old. I have been suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder for 4 years. For me, the biggest problem of the wide range related to chronic anxiety is chronic pain: huge muscle cramps in shoulders and neck, as well as back pain, bruxism during day and night and frequent headaches. Codeine 30 mg every 6 hours helps me level all of these issues so that I am able to study my University subjects. It has been the only painkiller that helped me so far... I am lucky to have an understanding doctor, given how much are demonizing this helpful medication, due to some irresponsible people.”

9 / 10
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pxbaa January 28, 2009

“Very effective. I have osteoarthritis and can be pain free with Codeine. It is more effective with Ibuprofen. ALSO profoundly lifts depression due to chronic pain and makes such a better life day to day. Space doses well apart to avoid tolerance. I use only in the morning with very good effect. Using whole daily dose in the morning may get you through the day without a need for a second dose. I would leave at least 6 hours between doses to assure full effect. Don't suffer needlessly. Good luck and hope this helps.”

10 / 10
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Ouchy!! October 3, 2014

“I have extreme toothache, where no amount of paracetamol or ibuprofen can take it off, have been using codeine to take away the pain and it works, only down side is feeling very very sick and cannot even face food, and feeling shaky/drunk.”

8 / 10
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Homestay · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 22, 2016

“I am an early 60's male with chronic neck pain as result of too many skiing accidents over many years. Normal pain killers like Aspirin or Naprosan wouldn't even touch the pain however l found Paracetamol / Codeine 500mg / 30mg worked wonders. I take 1 tablet at first and if pain too intense increase to 2 tablets. Because of stomach upsets and slight dizziness l limit myself to 4 tablets daily. Talking to my GP about situation and the fact that l did not want to stay long-term on the Paracetamol / Codeine and he suggested acupuncture which l started to have 2 times a week (10 very sharp but small needles) over a period of 6 weeks and, as result l have only had 1 of my tablets for the last fortnight which is a wonderful turn-around for me.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month April 24, 2013

“Had 4 wisdom teeth taken out this morning at 8:30am. My dentist prescribed some codeine for the pain. Having never taken codeine before, and the label reading take 1 or 2 pills for pain, I decided to take 2 around 12:30pm. WOW, these things take all of the pain away alright, however, for about 1 - 2 hours they made me very drowsy, out of it and I couldn't look at anything with a screen without it being blurry or me feeling dizzy. I was literally glued to my seat. Thought I was going to throw up at one point too. Should probably only be used for chronic, unbearable pain - otherwise it is not worth the side effects. Still feeling a little woozy now at 10:00pm. Will stick to the softer stuff because it seems like I am really sensitive to it.”

6 / 10
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Eadwig · Taken for 10 years or more November 10, 2017

“I have been taking codeine 15yrs+ with diazepam & Tylenol. I can no longer take anti-inflammatories too, unfortunately. I have a huge tolerance, regularly taking 240-300mg a day (8-10 tablets). On pain free days I need to take a 1 tablet about every 12hrs or withdrawal starts after about 18. That is a bit like having a dose of flu for a few days, combined with severe diarrhoea in my case. During rare pain-free periods it isn't worth weaning myself off completely cos the pain is never away long. Everyone different; 60mg gives me 2 hrs max. relief. No constipation, dizziness or nausea-the latter often experienced briefly on 1st use (inc. posters here) -dose probs too big. Constipation is common & worse than the pain, I'm told, so go easy.”

10 / 10
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Sleepstate65 · Taken for 10 years or more August 28, 2015

“lI was lucky to have had a Dr that did research with codeine for Narcolepsy. Codeine has a paradoxil effect in Narcoleptics. It works better than any stimulants to not only be able to stay awake but aware without the awful side effects of a stimulant such as jitteriness. I Am able to read, do paper work, budget money, drive things that require concentration that are otherwise extremely difficult and hard to do and get right. Codeine has allowed me to be able to do things I wouldn't be able to do anymore on just stimulants. Gives me some life back. Having Narcolepsy is like having to watch life go by in a dream, it steels your ability to participate in life. Slowly built a tolerance otherwise no problems at all.”

10 / 10
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roseifer January 17, 2016

“Fantastic would be suffering with out! I take co-codamol 30/500 for tooth ache that I'm getting work on and having to wait a while for referral to go through. But this really does make the pain vanish in about 10 minutes! Only down side is it can make you feel very drowsy and very slight stomach ache but I take to help me sleep as that's when the pain is at it's worst and it does help you sleep. Also causes constipation and the pain free moments only last a few hours.”

9 / 10
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vermaelen May 11, 2012

“I tried paracetamol and ibuprofen, but they're not as effective as codeine. Codeine is really helping me for muscle spasm I have as I am suffering from cerebral palsy. I'm glad I got it prescribed from my GP doctor.”

10 / 10
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Mr S July 5, 2017

“After hurting my back I was sent home with some Endone which did not relieve my pain. The hospital gave me some Asprin/Codiene dissovable tablets. It was like a warm feeling of relaxation and pain was gone. My back healed within one week and I stopped taking them afterwards. I highly recommend this to someone with spinal pain.”

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Anonymous July 22, 2008

“I was in hospital for some time with chest pains, and when I was given codeine phosphate it took the pain straight away. I also suffer from back pain and codeine phosphate really works. I would recommend it.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous December 23, 2011

“I have been experiencing horrible hip pain from a car wreck in which I dislocated it and broke my femur. Doctor have me tramadol first, which didn't help at all then he have me Tylenol/codeine. It has almost gotten rid of the pain. I would have rated it higher except it is causing me blurred vision pretty frequently.”

7 / 10
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Rickee April 17, 2013

“Short lived but effective painkiller. I tend to get more dizzy and lightheaded from it than hydrocodone but the painkilling effects are similar. I rarely took the recommended dose on the bottle because it affected me so much. 1/2 a pill seemed sufficient. Takes only about 30 minutes to start taking effect.”

7 / 10
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BenzoCodeine60mg · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 21, 2016

“When I got my wisdom teeth pulled out by my dentist, he prescribed me 30mg Codeine 3x daily, along with Promethazine 25mg 3x daily. He couldn't prescribe me Norco, Percocet, or any other Narcotic that contained NSAIDs, ESP APAP (Tylenol) because I have liver problems. It worked great! At first, the Codeine wasn't enough, but when I got a script for Promethazine on top of the Codeine, it worked WONDERS. Killed all the pain. I was real happy because I didn't need a dose raise from the Narcotic. Codeine is an excellent pain medication for moderate pain.”

9 / 10
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Ginadee · Taken for less than 1 month December 8, 2015

“2 Dead Teeth awaiting extraction under GA tried to bring appointment forward but still waiting..Typical just over Christmas. Swelling caused a gumboil sinus tract Throbbing and tenderness to the surrounding gum Can't bite down. Rubbed tooth with Teatree Oil, and Bathing with Iced water or sucking ice to reduce swelling which causes the pain. Taken prescribed pure Codeine 30mgs Naproxen 250mgs 4 hourly with milk breaking the tablets into 4 pieces.. Easier for the the gut to break down .. Works well!”

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Anonymous August 25, 2010

“"Graduated" to codeine after finding paracetamol and aspirin were not doing it for my foot (varicose) ulcer pain. Helpful in small doses, but I was surprised at the level of drowsiness it caused, even when off the drug for more than 24 hours. Also, eating lots of fruit is helping to alleviate some of the constipation I was warned about.”

6 / 10
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mam69 September 27, 2010

“I now take Fiorinal with codeine for headaches that are so bad, it was difficult to function day to day. These work extremely well for headaches and thanks to them, I am now able to function throughout each day, headache free. Thank you.”

10 / 10
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Alyzsa · Taken for less than 1 month October 5, 2015

“I had 3 of my 4 wisdom teeth taken out this past August. My dentist prescribed me codeine and ibuprofen. Whenever I took the codeine, my pain level was very low, so I'd say it worked pretty well! The only reason I didn't give a ten, is because it did make me extremely nauseous at one point.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous November 29, 2009

“I was prescribed codeine when my wisdom teeth were taken out. This should only be used for extreme and chronic pain. It made me feel completely out of it. I was dizzy and felt like I had a brick on my chest the entire time while I was using it.”

10 / 10
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damo1985 · Taken for less than 1 month September 16, 2013

“After morphine this would probably be the best pain reliever I know of. I have never had any dizziness, blurred vision or sleepiness but that's probably just me. Fantastic for wisdom teeth also.”

10 / 10
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Birdy 2 · Taken for less than 1 month January 23, 2013

“Excellent pain relief for ovarian cancer. Only downside, terrible constipation that no amount of drinking or eating prunes, kiwi fruit or bran made any difference.”

9 / 10
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spuddie1 July 28, 2008

“I take this drug for my back pain with other pain killers and I find this drug very good”

5 / 10
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Anonymous December 27, 2011

“I took codeine every 6 hours when I had a broken arm. Codeine worked well and took the pain away in about 15 to 20 minutes after taking it, but the pain started coming back again after about 3 hours.”

9 / 10
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Jan · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 5, 2019

“I find solpadeine to be very effective for pain but the side effect for me outweigh the pain relief. 1.dry mouth 2.Swollen eyelids 3.Bloating 4.Cough 5.Addiction”

5 / 10
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