What is Promethazine with Codeine Cough Syrup used for?
In most cases someone would buy some form of Promethazine with codeine cough syrup or get a prescription written out for the cough syrup to help someone that is experiencing cold symptoms. Some of the common flu symptoms that are treated with codeine cough syrup include:
- Runny Nose
- Inflammation of the Nose due to an Allergy
- Stuffy Nose
Promethazine with Codeine Cough Syrup Misuse/Abuse & Side Effects :
Due to concerns about the Misuse of Promethazine with Codeine based Cough Syrup, the medical committee has issued severe warnings, stating that the abuse of this prescription-cough-medicine (to make what is known as the purple drink, lean or syrup ) is very dangerous and can lead to seizures and even loss of the ability to breathe which can affect both the lungs and heart. Effects of the misuse can be fatal.
As with any prescripton drug the term Misuse or Abuse refers mainly to using the medication differently and in most cases at higher dosages than what has been prescribed or is recommended. As mentioned before the constant sipping of this syrup throughout the day can lead to too much promethazine and codeine circulating in your blood. Too much promethazine and codeine can depress the central nervous and also the respiratory systems, which can in turn cause the heart and lungs to stop it’s normal functioning.
According to medical professionals the abuse of promethazine with codeine can cause one to experience nausea, seizures, dizziness, impaired vision, hallucinations and memory loss. The severity of the side effects experienced depends majorly on how much of the drug has been used but it should be noted that the side effects can be very dangerous and even fatal especially if the drug is mixed with other substances like alcohol or other conflicting drugs.