codein - hydrocodone?

gma_jOctober 2, 2003

Could someone tell me the difference between codein and hydrocodone? Thanks

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lazy_gardens

Not much.

codeine is the basic drug
hydrocodone is an altered form of it, with higher cough suppressant properties, and stronger. Five mg of hydrocodone is equivalent to 30 mg of codeine when administered orally.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2003 at 9:54AM
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PeaBee4

If you are taking it for cough, watch out for constipation. And for that reason, try to limit it's use.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2003 at 12:53PM
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gma_j

Thanks so much to both of you. That answers my question.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2003 at 12:25PM
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junelynn

Hydrocodone is a pain killer. Has nothing to do with cough suppressant. It is substituted for Vicadin.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2003 at 12:16PM
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PeaBee4

codein and hydrocodone are both used as cough suppressants.

I copied this:
Chlorpheniramine and Hydrocodone

Generic Name: Chlorpheniramine and Hydrocodone (klor-fen-EER-a-meen and hye-droe-KOE-done)

Drug Class: Cough/Cold Combinations

I hope this can answer you question.

Check out this reference

Here is a link that might be useful: Other medications with hydrocodone

    Bookmark   October 15, 2003 at 7:51PM
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Cuddlebones

Yes, hydrocodone is used in the cough syrup Tussinex. It works well on the many people that are allergic to Codeine. You are right, hydrocodone (Vicodin) IS a pain killer, but also used in liquid form for cough.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2003 at 11:37PM
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sewcrazynurse

Hydrocodone (Vicoden) comes in 2 streangths 5/500 and 7.5/750 the 5 or 7.5 stands for that amount on codeine in it and the other number is the milligrams of acetiminophen (Tylenol). If you take vicoden becareful how much Tylenol you take in addition to it. Tylenol is very hard on the liver.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2003 at 11:14PM
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