Codeine factsheet

May 24, 2018

What’s changing? From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. Why? Codeine is becoming a commonly used drug of dependence and research indicates that, in low doses, it is not an effective pain reliever. The harms caused by misuse of codeine, such as liver damage and overdose, are another reason for the change.

The factsheet in full isĀ here