Codeine is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. It is also used, usually in combination with other medications, to reduce coughing. Combination products that contain codeine are often mixed with other over the counter drugs to produce a ‘high’.
Codeine will help relieve symptoms but will not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery. Codeine belongs to a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics and to a class of medications called antitussives. Read more on drugs and their effects.
Opiates are drugs such as heroin, codeine, and morphine, which can produce a very high physical and psychological dependence by users. Users report feelings of euphoria, analgesia drowsiness, and respiratory depression.