Codeine is a morphine-like painkiller forming part of the class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. Codeine is usually used in combination with other painkillers. Besides acting as a painkiller, codeine also has cough-relieving properties. It is prescribed to treat tickly coughs and moderate to severe pain, sometimes in combination with the painkiller paracetamol.

Codeine and the benefit of DNA analysis

The rate at which codeine is processed within your body varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of codeine can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes. Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.

Also known as

Codeïnefosfaat, ACCod, Melrosum, Bronchicum
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