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Could I become addicted to codeine?

Codeine is a habit-forming narcotic drug. While codeine is effective for relieving mild to moderate pain, it must be used with great care. That's why you should always follow your doctor's and pharmacist's instructions to the letter when taking codeine. Do not take larger or more-frequent doses than prescribed. When your pain is gone, stop taking codeine. Do not share it with another person.

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