Codeine Linctus is a highly effective treatment for persistent, unproductive and annoying dry coughs. This treatment works by suppressing the body’s cough instinct and reducing the amount you cough. It’s therefore important to be sure that your cough is not productive, and that no phlegm is ‘sitting’ in your throat or chest. Using this medicine when you have phlegm associated with your cough can result in a build-up of phlegm.
The active ingredient in the linctus is Codeine. Codeine is from the family of drugs called opioids, and as well as the effect on reducing coughing, it can also be used as a pain killer. This medication is not for use as a pain killer, however, as there are specific painkilling medicines containing codeine such as co-codamol.
One of the main side effects of codeine is drowsiness. You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
When taking codeine linctus for a dry cough, the following dosages apply;
Adults should take 1 x 5ml spoonful, four times a day. Repeat after 4 hours if required but not more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
Do not give to children under 18 years old and do not exceed the stated dose. If symptoms persist or worsen consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Elderly should speak to their doctor if they have a persistent dry cough. It is possible it is symptomatic of another condition, or a side effect of another medication. A lower dose may be more suitable.
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What is Codeine Linctus
Cough medicines are drugs used in those with coughing and related conditions. It is not known whether over-the-counter cough medications reduce coughing. While they are used by 10% of American children in any given week, they are not recommended in Canada and the United States in children 6 years or younger because of lack of evidence showing effect and concerns of harm.
Codeine is an opiate used to treat pain, as a cough medicine, and for diarrhea. It is typically used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain. A Greater benefit may occur when combined with paracetamol (acetaminophen) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Evidence does not support its use for acute cough suppression in children or adults. In Europe, it is not recommended as a cough medicine in those under twelve years of age. It is generally taken by mouth. It typically starts working after half an hour with maximum effect at two hours. The total duration of its effects lasts for about four to six hours. Common side effects include vomiting, constipation, itchiness, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Serious side effects may include breathing difficulties and addiction. It is unclear if its use in pregnancy is safe. Care should be used during breastfeeding as it may result in opiate toxicity in the baby. Its use as of 2016 is not recommended in children. Codeine works following being broken down by the liver into morphine. How quickly this occurs depends on a person’s genetics. Codeine was discovered in 1832 by Pierre Jean Robiquet. In 2013 about 361,000 kilograms of codeine were produced while 249,000 kilograms were used. This makes it the most commonly taken opiate. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. The wholesale cost in the developing world is between 0.04 and 0.29 USD per dose as of 2014. In the United States, it costs about one dollar a dose. Codeine occurs naturally and makes up about 2% of opium.
Types of Coughs Codeine Linctus Can Be Used To Treat
- Acute Coughing Episodes The quantitation of how much time constitutes short and recent varies by disease and by context, but the core denotation of acute is always qualitatively in contrast with chronic, which denotes long-lasting disease (for example, in acute leukemia and chronic leukemia ). A noncount sense of acute disease refers to the acute phase, that is, a short course, of any disease entity. In an article on ulcerative enteritis in poultry, the author says, in acute disease there may be increased mortality without any obvious signs, referring to the acute form or phase of ulcerative enteritis.
- Chronic Cough A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and viral diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Chronic diseases constitute a major cause of mortality, with the World Health Organization (WHO) attributing 38 million deaths a year to non-communicable diseases.
Differential diagnosis of A Cough
Respiratory tract infection: Respiratory tract infection (RTI) refers to any of a number of infectious diseases involving the respiratory tract. An infection of this type is normally further classified as an upper respiratory tract infection (URI or URTI) or a lower respiratory tract infection (LRI or LRTI). Lower respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, tend to be far more serious conditions than upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Post-nasal drip: Post-nasal drip (PND, also termed upper airway cough syndrome, UACS, or post nasal drip syndrome, PNDS) occurs when excessive mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa. It is caused by rhinitis, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or by a disorder of swallowing (such as an esophageal motility disorder ). It is frequently caused by an allergy, which may be seasonal or persistent throughout the year. Asthma: Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. Symptoms include episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Long-acting beta agonists (LABA) or anti-leukotriene agents may be used in addition to inhaled corticosteroids if asthma symptoms remain uncontrolled. Bacterial bronchitis: Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (large and medium-sized airways) in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing up mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest discomfort. Bronchitis is divided into two types: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is also known as a chest cold. Acute bronchitis usually has a cough that lasts around three weeks. In more than 90% of cases, the cause is a viral infection. These viruses may be spread through the air when people a cough or by direct contact. Risk factors include exposure to tobacco smoke, dust, and other air pollution. A small number of cases are due to high levels of air pollution or bacteria such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae or Bordetella pertussis. Treatment of acute bronchitis typically involves rest, paracetamol (acetaminophen), and NSAIDs to help with the fever. Chronic bronchitis is defined as a productive cough that lasts for three months or more per year for at least two years. Most people with chronic bronchitis have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tobacco smoking is the most common cause, with a number of other factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role. Treatments include quitting smoking, vaccinations, rehabilitation, and often inhaled bronchodilators and steroids. Some people may benefit from long-term oxygen therapy or lung transplantation. Acute bronchitis is one of the most common diseases. About 5% of adults are affected and about 6% of children have at least one episode a year. In 2010, COPD affects 329million people or nearly 5% of the global population. In 2013, it resulted in 2.9 million deaths, a change from 2.4 million deaths in 1990.
Causes of A Dry Cough
Infections, Reactive, Gastroesophageal reflux, Air pollution, Foreign body Psychogenic cough Neurogenic cough
Treatment Of A Dry Cough:
Codeine Linctus Cough Medicine: Cough medicines are drugs used in those with coughing and related conditions. It is not known whether over-the-counter cough medications reduce coughing. While they are used by 10% of American children in any given week, they are not recommended in Canada and the United States in children 6 years or younger because of lack of evidence showing effect and concerns of harm.