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How does acetaminophen-codeine treat pain?

Acetaminophen-codeine is a combination of two drugs, acetaminophen and codeine. Acetaminophen affects the central nervous system and increases the threshold of pain via a mechanism that is still not completely understood. Codeine is an opioid drug that affects opioid nervous system receptors. Codeine partially coverts to morphine in the body, and this action is what provides much of codeine's pain-relieving properties. The two drugs together provide a greater effect than either dose alone.

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