Patient discussion about syrup

!!! The questions and answers on this page are written by patients and are not reviewed by health professionals.

Q. Addiction to a cough syrup??

Is it true you can get addicted to cough syrup? And is so- why is that? Is it dangerous? Should I not take cough syrup?
A1here is a story about an air force pilot who had an addiction to cough suppressant who ended bad and about the phenomenon in general:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4608341/
A2Cough syrup sometimes have codeine in them, this is an opiate, not a strong one and not as addictive. It is there to anesthetize your trachea in order to reduce coughing. I guess if you take a lot of it you can get addicted. But if you take it with as the Doctor instructed – I don’t think you’ll have a problem…
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.