Before we proceed with this review, we must clearly state that Codeine is a prescription medicine and should only be taken in consultation with a medical professional.

While the following review sticks to the ‘does it work’ philosophy of our review section Codeine is not a drug that should be taken lightly, and before you even consider approaching a Doctor to discuss this as a possible treatment please read the personal account of codeine given on this website by clicking this link.

We must also add that Codeine is prescribed as it has a constipating effect.If you suffer with constipation steer well clear of Codeine, it will make your symptoms far worse.  As a result the following review is aimed at IBS-d sufferers only.


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What is codeine?

Important information know about codeine

You should not use codeine if you are allergic to it, or if you have an uncontrolled breathing disorder, a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus, or frequent asthma attacks or hyperventilation. Medicines that contain codeine should not be given to a child just after surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids.

In some people, codeine breaks down rapidly in the liver and reaches higher than normal levels in the body. This can cause dangerously slow breathing and may cause death, especially in a child.

Call your doctor if this medication causes severe drowsiness, weakness, or very slow breathing.

Get emergency medical help if a child taking this medication has breathing problems, blue lips, or severe drowsiness, or if you cannot wake the child up from sleep.

Before taking codeine

You should not use codeine if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

Codeine may be habit forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

See also: Codeine pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

Codeine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. The use of codeine by some nursing mothers may lead to life-threatening side effects in the baby. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.


If you suffer with severe IBS-d then Codeine may just be the thing which allows you to live a normal  life  (to a degree). Codeine has a constipating effect, and appears to reduce the spasms and motility issue which blight the lives of many IBS-d sufferers.

You have to take good care of your digestive system for them to work, if you are eating badly and drinking lots of coffee codeine will not rescue you, however with a modicum of care Codeine can work wonders for the average sufferer.

All good so far, where is the catch ?  Codeine can seem like a miracle cure for many IBS-d sufferers, this can lead to problems as Codeine is very addictive without the likelihood of reliance.  Codeine can also make you drowsy and effect your moods.

Choosing to take Codeine is not a simple decision, if you get the go ahead from your Doctor we highly recommend that you ensure that you moderate your use, and only use Codeine when you really need to.  If you can keep your use of Codeine controlled it can be a wonderful tool in the fight against IBS-d, however you must go into taking Codeine with your eyes wide open.

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