In the treatment of cough, nasal, and sinus congestion, the physicians usually prescribe the combination of dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine. Dihydrocodeine is a narcoticanalgesic drug which is used to relieve pain or swelling. Dihydrocodeine’s ingredientsare caffeine, Aspirin, and an opiate substance. This medicine cannot be obtainedover the counter, but only with the prescription. It can be in available inliquid or tablets form.
Complications when usingdihydrocodeine
There are some conditions when thepatient must carefully and properly take this drug, because in some cases, it iseven recommended not to use it. These conditions are the disease of liver,kidneys and heart. Hypertension or hypotension, asthma, and breathing problems arealso some of the conditions that can be worsen by the use of dihydrocodeine. Furthermore,brain tumor, epilepsy diabetes, a thyroid disorder and mental illness are someof the disorders that must be taken very seriously while taking this drug. It is important not to use it inpregnancy or if a woman tries to become pregnant, and it must be avoided if awoman breastfeeds her child. MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid,phenelzine, rasagiline,selegiline, or tranylcypromine must not be used alongwith dihydrocodeine
Side effects of dihydrocodeine
Mostly each medicine has some sideeffects and dihydrocodeine is not an exception. These side effects may occurright in the beginning of the use of this drug, or later. The most frequent gastrointestinal adverseeffect of this medicine are nausea, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, andin some cases vomiting. Rarely, abdominal pain and cramping occur. Of nervous system side effects, dizzinessand lightheadedness are most usual. Moreover, involuntary shakings and tremorsare also very likely to happen while using dihydrocodeine. Many persons complained of unexplainedmood swings, such as sudden mood changes from happiness to anger or highirritability.
Cardiovascular adverse effects mayalso occur when a person takes dihydrocodeine to reduce some pain. Irregular oruneven heartbeat and racing or pounding pulse are the most frequent sideeffects of this kind. Since dihydrocodeine has opiate-like features, it can lead to dependency or addiction, if it is used for along time. Other side effects include restlessness,unexplained excitation, sleeplessness, skin rash, hives, and itching, but all these side effects, except forthe addiction, usually disappear when the body adjusts to the drug.
It is important to consult thedoctor if some side effects appear, such as convulsions or seizures, cold or clammyskin, unusual thoughts or behavior, serious dizziness, tremors, and anxiety aswell as fever, chills, easy bruising or bleeding and hypertension. It is recommended not to consumealcohol or take narcotic pain drugs, sedatives or tranquilizers while takingthis drug. Unpleasant side effects can occur if a person takes some stimulantmedicines, such as caffeine or diet pills, along with dihydrocodeine.