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Codeine cough syrups are made prescription only because of risk of abuse

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 21 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q456
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Codeine linctus has been reclassified as a prescription only drug by the UK’s medicines regulator because of concerns over abuse, dependency, and overdose.1

The action comes after reports emerged in 2018 that the drug was being used recreationally as part …

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