Description and Brand Names

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Descriptions


Codeine, phenylephrine, and promethazine combination is used to treat for the temporary relief of cough or stuffy nose caused by allergies or the common cold.

Codeine belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain. Phenylephrine is a decongestant. It works by narrowing the blood vessels and leads to clearing of the nasal congestion.

Promethazine is an antihistamine. It works by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine, which is produced by the body. Histamine can cause itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. It can sometimes close up the bronchial tubes (air passages of the lungs) and make breathing difficult.

When codeine is used for a long time or in large doses, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects when you stop taking the medicine.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Syrup
  • Elixir