What is codeine?
Codeine is a painkiller which can be used for stronger, or longer lasting pain.
It can help to ease pain that can’t be easily controlled by other everyday painkillers, like ibuprofen, paracetamol, or aspirin.
Codeine can be used at the same time as some other painkillers, giving you the benefits of both medicines and making it easier to keep stronger pains under control.
For example, you can buy a combination codeine and paracetamol, which is called co-codamol, over the counter at most pharmacies.
Is codeine addictive?
Codeine is habit forming (addictive). Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief.