The human brain contains opioid receptors that normally respond to endorphins, the bodies natural, painkilling chemicals. Opioid medications like codeine phosphate work by attaching to those receptors, mimicking endorphins to produce a feeling of well-being and an overall reduction in pain. Because opioid receptors are found throughout the nervous system, Codeine will also affect the digestive system and suppress the cough reflex.
Phosphate can help with short-term pain management. It is often recommended for pain that has not responded to over-the-counter (OTC) medications. It is also used to as a treatment for diarrhoea and to suppress painful dry coughs.
Dosage varies from patient to patient. Always follow the guidelines set out by your prescriber. Take one to two – 6 – 8 hourly. Where 60 mg has been prescribed, take ONE 6 – 8 hourly.
Missed Doses and Overdoses
- If you miss a dose of codeine phosphate, take your dosage as soon as you remember. Wait at least four hours before the next dose. Do not take two doses less than four hours apart in an attempt to make up for a missed dose.
- If you take too much codeine phosphate, seek immediate medical attention. Take the packet for the medication with you. Tell medical professionals how much codeine phosphate you took and when you took it.