narcotic antitussive

narcotic antitussive

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officinalis is less effective than shown by the classical narcotic antitussive drug codeine, but more effective than the non-narcotic antitussive agent dropropizine.
Unwanted and often life-complicating side-effects from narcotic antitussive drugs (called also codein's group), such as the attenuation of respiratory center activity, decrease of secretion and increase of sputum viscosity and elasticity, decrease of expectoration, dependence (mainly in children), and bronchoconstriction, among others, are very well-known.
The excellent cough-suppressing activity of codeine, a centrally-acting narcotic antitussive drug, is well-known but accompanied by various side-effects which could limit its use (Rang et al.