Codeine phosphate for IBS is a commonly used opiate based pain killer and anti-diarrheal too, useful for anyone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome!
On this page you will find information about this medication including the doses, side effects and much more.
You may know this drug by its trade names Diarrest and Kaodene.
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The drug is licensed for use in chronic diarrhea and as an analgesic pain killer. This makes it useful in anyone with pain associated with their diarrhea symptoms.
It is often used unlicensed in Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea predominance, particularly when your symptoms are bad.
The drug may cause drowsiness and you should avoid driving or operating machinery when experiencing this.
It can also cause abdominal distension in some people, so if you are prone to bloating, you may be better off with an alternative.
You should discuss with a health professional before taking if:
It should be avoided in acute diarrhea conditions such as acute inflammatory colitis or antibiotic associated colitis unless under the guidance of a doctor.
You should not take this medication if you have any history of allergy to codeine.
The main side effects of this drug include
If you experience any of these, seek medical advice.
Codeine 30 mg three to four times a day (range 15 mg to 60 mg) unless under the guidance of a doctor
This drug is available as tablets, syrup and liquid (solution) as well as combination preparations.
Codeine Phosphate is a particularly good treatment for diarrhea.
It has the qualities of both reducing diarrhea and also a pain killing or analgesic effect, when cramps are an issue.
It can cause drowsiness so you should refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery if you experience this symptom.
It is a great drug to use when symptoms are bad, although I would always advise taking this medication in conjunction with other therapies.
Note: It is part of the opiate family which includes morphine and diamorphine, so short term use is recommended as it can become a drug of addiction if not controlled.
1) Double-blind cross-over study comparing loperamide, codeine and diphenoxylate in the treatment of chronic diarrhea. Palmer KR, Corbett CL, Holdsworth CD. Gastroenterology. 1980 Dec;79(6):1272-5.
2) Loperamide, diphenoxylate, and codeine in chronic diarrhoea. Shee CD, Pounder RE. Br Med J. 1980 Feb 23;280(6213):524
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