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What is codeine used for?

Codeine is a narcotic derived from morphine that is used as an analgesic to treat moderate pain. Codeine acts on the brain and nervous system to reduce pain but if used over an extended period of time, may become addictive requiring higher doses for effectiveness. Codeine is usually injected under the skin by a medical professional.

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