Pholcodine

How It Works:

Pholcodine belongs to class of drugs called cough suppressants. It works by suppressing the center for cough reflex in the brain (centrally acting) thereby providing relief.

Side Effects:

Nausea, Allergic reaction, Chest congestion, Confusion, Constipation, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Shortness of breath, Excitement, Rash, Vomiting

Used For:

Pholcodine is used for dry cough

Instructions:

  • Do not use pholcodine, if you have liver or kidney diseases; any breathing problems or history of asthma.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking pholcodine because you may feel drowsy or dizzy.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or other drugs that induce sleep (CNS depressant drugs) it will aggravate the effects of pholcodine in the brain (sedative effects).
  • Do consult your doctor before using hydroquinone if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is pholcodine the same as codeine?
No. Pholcodine and codeine are two different drugs that have similar uses (treatment of dry cough) and mechanism of action. Pholcodine has a lower tendency for drug dependence (addiction) and may be preferred in certain cases over codeine

Q. Does pholcodine make you drowsy?
Yes. Drowsiness is a side effect of pholcodine use.
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