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Codeine and Calcium iodide oral

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(KO-deen/KAL-see-um EYE-oh-dyed)



This medication is used for relief of cough symptoms and as an expectorant (to loosen phlegm).

How To Use

Take as directed. Do not increase your dose or take more often than directed. Take with plenty of water after a meal or snack, as this will loosen and help remove lung secretions.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness and constipation may occur. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. Very unlikely, but report: metallic taste, sore or swollen mouth, skin rash, itching, shallow or difficult breathing, fever, hand or foot swelling, joint aches, easy bruising, rapid pulse, heat intolerance, eye irritation. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have: allergies (especially allergies to drugs, shellfish, iodine), iodism, thyroid disease, blood vessel disease, lung disease, liver problems, a drug dependency. This product is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before taking this medication. The medications in this product are excreted into human milk. Discuss the risks and benefits of breast-feeding with your doctor. Prolonged use or excessive dosages of iodine may lead to serious thyroid problems. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Because of the possible drowsiness and dizziness effects, use caution performing tasks requiring alertness and limit alcohol intake, since alcohol can intensify these effects.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may take, especially of: lithium, antithyroid drugs (e.g., propylthiouracil-PTU), anesthetic barbiturates (e.g., thiopental), barbiturates (e.g., primidone, phenobarbital), sleeping medication, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety medicine (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine, morphine), psychiatric medications, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), muscle relaxants (e.g., cyclobenzaprine), cimetidine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include slowed breathing, drowsiness, deep sleep or loss of consciousness, cold and clammy skin, dry mouth, and slow pulse.


False positive results may be obtained if this medication is taken before certain stool specimen tests (guaiac).

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture.