Codeine is a pain relieving drug that is used by patients to get rid of bodily pains and discomfort. It is used to treat moderate to severe pains among adults. The medicine belongs to the class of drugs known as opiate narcotic analgesics. It is found to be extremely helpful for people who may require medication to ease the pain caused by diseases such as osteoarthritis, joint pains, etc.
The medicine is also usually prescribed to patients before or after medical procedures such as surgery, dental problems, injuries, childbirth or any other painful procedure. This medicine may also be used as a cough suppressant. However, codeine is a habit-forming drug and may cause addiction and therefore, needs to be taken in a limited dose.