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Codeine Contin

Common Name
codeine controlled release


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02163748 CODEINE CONTIN 100MG TABLET
02163780 CODEINE CONTIN 150MG TABLET
02163799 CODEINE CONTIN 200MG TABLET
02230302 CODEINE CONTIN 50MG TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Codeine belongs to the class of medications known as narcotic analgesics (pain relievers). These pain relievers are also known as opioid analgesics. They are used to treat severe long-term (chronic) pain. Opioids decrease pain by blocking pain signals in the brain. Codeine controlled release is not fast-acting and is used only after an effective dose of short-acting pain relievers has been determined.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful and even fatal for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The dose required depends on the cause and severity of the pain, as well as the previous history of narcotic analgesic use. The doctor will convert the dose of short-acting analgesics to an equivalent dose of codeine controlled release.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Codeine controlled release tablets should be taken every 12 hours in order to maintain pain relief. To preserve the long-acting activity of the medication, the tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed or crushed. All tablet strengths, except the 50 mg tablets, may be halved. Half tablets should also be swallowed intact.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Over time, this medication may produce tolerance and physical dependence as your body becomes used to the drug. Tolerance occurs when a dose that used to provide acceptable pain relief is no longer effective, and higher doses are required to achieve the same level of pain relief. Physical dependence is a state where the body will go into withdrawal if the medication is stopped suddenly. If you have been taking codeine on a regular basis for a long period of time, talk to your doctor before stopping the drug, as withdrawal effects can occur.

Tolerance and physical dependence are not the same as addiction. Addiction is defined as a psychological need to use the medication for reasons other than pain relief. Although people may become addicted to this medication, it is most common for people who have had addictions to other substances in the past.

This medication may be habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. You may experience withdrawal effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly after extended use. If you plan on stopping the medication, your doctor may want you to reduce the dose gradually to reduce the severity of withdrawal effects.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

50 mg
Each blue, round, film-coated tablet, with "PF" printed on one side and "CC 50" on the other side, contains codeine monohydrate 26.5 mg and codeine sulfate trihydrate 31.35 mg (each equivalent to codeine anhydrous 25 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxyethyl cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, stearyl alcohol, and talc; film coating: opadry Blue Y-5-10544, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

100 mg
Each yellow, round, scored, film-coated tablet, with "PF" imprinted on one side and "CC 100" on the other side, contains codeine monohydrate 53 mg and codeine sulfate trihydrate 62.7 mg (each equivalent to codeine anhydrous 50 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxyethyl cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, stearyl alcohol, and talc; film coating: opadry Yellow Y-5-2036, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

150 mg
Each red, round, scored, film-coated tablet, with "PF" imprinted on one side and "CC 150" on the other side, contains codeine monohydrate 79.5 mg and codeine sulfate trihydrate 94.1 mg (each equivalent to codeine anhydrous 75 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxyethyl cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, stearyl alcohol, and talc; film coating: opadry Red Y-5-1842, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

200 mg
Each orange, caplet-shaped, scored, film-coated tablet, with "PF" imprinted on one side and "CC 200" on the other side, contains codeine monohydrate 106 mg and codeine sulfate trihydrate 125.4 mg (each equivalent to codeine anhydrous 100 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxyethyl cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, stearyl alcohol, and talc; film coating: opadry Orange Y-5-2467, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to codeine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to narcotic pain relievers
  • need a pain reliever for short term only
  • have pain that can be treated by taking pain relievers occasionally
  • have a head injury or increased pressure inside the head or spinal cord
  • have acute alcoholism or are experiencing delirium tremens
  • have acute asthma or other obstructive airway disease
  • have acute respiratory depression
  • have convulsive (seizure) disorders
  • have cor pulmonale
  • have severe central nervous system (CNS) depression (i.e., sedation)
  • have surgical abdomen (a serious abdomen condition that usually requires surgery)
  • have a blockage of the gastrointestinal tract, particularly paralytic ileus
  • have taken monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine) within the past 14 days


 

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