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Active ingredient: codeine

The medicines below contain the active ingredient codeine.

You can select a medicine from the list to find out more — including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the Australian Government on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Codeine is classified as an opioid. Opioid medicines come with possible side effects, including life-threatening breathing problems, and the risk of abuse, misuse and addiction. They should be taken with care.

Access to overdose-reversing medication

Naloxone is a medicine that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. A pilot program, funded by the Australian Government, is offering certain individuals in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia this medication (including the nasal spray Nyxoid), free of charge and without a prescription.

Learn more here about the take home naloxone pilot.

Get general information about codeine here, including how it works, possible side effects and when to see your doctor.

Medicines that contain codeine

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