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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Codeine (codeine systemic) is a member of the following drug classes: antitussives, narcotic analgesics and is used to treat Cough, Diarrhea and Pain.

US matches:

UK matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Cough suppressant

Opioid analgesic

Chemical Name

7,8-Didehydro-4,5-epoxy-3-metoxy-17-metylmorphinan-6-ol (BAN)

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Codeine (OS: BAN)
  • Codéine (OS: DCF)
  • 3-Methylmorphin (IS)
  • Morphine 3-methylether (IS)
  • Codeine Hydrochloride (OS: BANM)
  • Codéine (chlorhydrate de) dihydraté (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Hydrochloride (PH: BP 2016)
  • Codeine hydrochloride dihydrate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeinhydrochlorid-Dihydrat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeini hydrochloridum dihydricum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Morphin-3-methylether (IS)
  • Codein (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8, USP 38)
  • Codéine (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Monohydrate (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Codeinum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeinum monohydricum (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Codeine Phosphate (OS: BANM)
  • Codeine Phosphate Hydrate (OS: JAN)
  • Codéine (phosphate de) hémihydraté (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Phosphate (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Codeine phosphate hemihydrate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Phosphate Hydrate (PH: JP XVI)
  • Codeini phosphas (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Codeini phosphas hemihydricus (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeinphosphat-Hemihydrat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codéine (phosphate de) sesquihydraté (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Phosphate Sesquihydrate (PH: BP 2016)
  • Codeine phosphate sesquihydrate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeini phosphas sesquihydricus (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeinphosphat-Sesquihydrat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Codeine Polistirex (OS: USAN)
  • Codeine Sulfate (PH: USP 38)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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