Codeine is a narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) derived from opium. It is used alone and in combination products to treat mild to moderate pain and as a Reference cough suppressant.
Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
Replenish Depleted Nutrients
Reduce Side Effects
A common side effect of narcotic analgesics, including codeine, is Reference constipation. Increasing dietary fiber (fruits, vegetables, beans, whole-grain foods, and others) and water intake can ease constipation.The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.
Teas and Herbs with Tannin
Tannins are a group of unrelated chemicals that give plants an astringent taste. Herbs with large amounts of tannins may interfere with the absorption of codeine and should not be taken together with codeine or codeine-containing products.1 Herbs containing high levels of tannins include Reference green tea (Camellia sinensis), black tea, Reference uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), black walnut (Juglans nigra), Reference red raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Reference oak (Quercus spp.), and Reference witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.
Potential Negative Interaction
1. Brinker F. Interactions of pharmaceutical and botanical medicines. J Naturopathic Med 1997;7(2):14–20.
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