Mechanism and class drug: Oxaforte (codeine) is a mild pain reliever that works like hydrocodone and morphine. A portion of codeine, when taken, is transformed into morphine by the body’s metabolism. The exact metabolic pathways of codeine are still being study, but, it acts like morphine, binding to the opioid brain’s receptors that are utilized for signaling any pain around the whole brain and body. Oxaforte enhances the resistance to pain by lowering its discomfort. Though, the pain can still be sensed by the patient. Oxaforte (codeine) also creates the sensation of drowsiness and lowers the rate of breathing. Oxaforte is usually mixed with some aspirin and acetaminophen to create a higher resistance to the effects of pain.
Codeine is a prescription only medication with a generic version available in some countries. Oxaforte comes in a presentation of 50mg of codeine plus 50mg of diclofenac. It should be stored between 15-30 degrees Celsius to maintain its properties.
Oxaforte (codeine) is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to extreme pain and to suppress coughing. The dose of Oxaforte is one pill (50mg codeine/50mg diclofenac) every six to eight hours. Also, Oxaforte can affect the mental and physical conditions of the body, preventing the operation of complex machinery and driving. Oxaforte interacts with alcohol and benzodiazepams, increasing its effect in the body, causing even confusion. Oxaforte should not be taken with alcohol.
The side effect of Oxaforte (codeine) treatment during pregnancy has still not been fully studied. It is medically advised to stop its treatment while pregnant to avoid physical and mental malformations in the fetus. Oxaforte can also cause fetal dependence and a decrease in the growth rate.
Low quantities of Oxaforte (codeine) are passed unto the breast milk, adding a certain risk of creating side effects in the lactating infant.
Oxaforte (codeine) has some side effects like dizziness, nausea, lack of breath, drowsiness, constipation, abdominal pain, allergy symptoms, and rash. Oxaforte can be addictive. To avoid physical and mental dependence, Oxaforte should only be taken for short periods of time. Abstinence syndrome may develop if treatment with Oxaforte is suddenly suspended. Oxaforte’s dosage should be lowered in intervals and not suspended right away.
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