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Codeine is an opioid. Opioids are drugs that act on the opioid receptors in the brain, they include both natural and synthetic drugs that are derived from, or related to, the opium poppy.1

Opioids bring about a range of responses, from feelings of pain relief to relaxation, pleasure and contentment.

Some people use non-prescribed codeine as a coping mechanism for chronic pain, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, or to get high.

What are the main effects of codeine? The side effects of codeine are similar to those of other opioids, and include: constipation. headache or dizziness. fatigue or drowsiness

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