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'Stay away from cough medicines containing codeine'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

London, Dec 23: Codeine, a widely prescribed painkiller, can also be purchased over the counter in preparations of cold/cough remedies but over consumption of such medicines can lead to a “confususiol” state and loss of the ability to create new memories, says a new study. There is little evidence showing benefits of codeine in cough remedies, and the risks associated with codeine use in over the counter cough suppressants may be “particularly unnecessary” because of the lack of evidence, the experts said. An article in the ourl BMJ Case Reports described the first published case of confusiol state in a healthy 14-year-old girl attributed to excessive consumption of over the counter cough medicine that contained codeine. Codeine intoxication symptoms often include central nervous system depression, respiratory depression, severe itching of the skin, and flushing. Confusion is a relatively unusual complaint. However, in this particular case, the teege girl experienced confusion and the loss of the ability to create new memories. (IANS)

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