Codeine (opioid pain relievers)

Codeine (opioid pain relievers) is an active ingredient that is used in some medicines.

The active ingredient is the chemical in a medicine that makes it work. Medicines can have more than one active ingredient and be available under different brand names. Medicines include both active ingredients and inactive ingredients.

This page about codeine (opioid pain relievers) automatically lists related information collected from other pages of our website.

The list below also includes links to brands of medicines that contain codeine (opioid pain relievers), including their consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflets.

Consumers: If you have any questions about medicines, you can speak to one of our pharmacists at NPS Medicines Line by calling 1300 633 424. You can ring Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (excluding NSW public holidays). For non-medicine products, further information may also be available from the manufacturer.

Related information - codeine (opioid pain relievers)


For health professionals (Health professional publication)
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For health professionals (Health professional publication)
13 Aug 2013 Deaths and near-fatal cases of respiratory depression (hypoventilation) in children taking codeine for pain relief have prompted new international safety warnings. Find out about the new international guidance, the reasons behind it and what this means for your patients in Australia.
For health professionals (e-newsletter for health professionals)
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(Tool / resource)
14 Nov 2012 Pain relievers such as paracetamol and NSAIDs including aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac have risks and benefits. Learn more about over-the-counter pain relievers and why it matters which one you choose.
14 Nov 2012 Learn about Codeine, and its use to relieve pain.
(Media release)
04 Oct 2011 People should be careful when taking codeine as trials have shown that it is only moderately effective as a painkiller, and it has a range of common side effects, according to Dr Joel Iedema of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
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Medicine brands that contain codeine (opioid pain relievers)