Cough syrup induced urinary hesitancy


Q: Hi doc,
i took cough syrup corex for 3 days in a row and now i am not able to urinate with pressure, as in when i urinate i cant force it to come out but i have to wait till it comes out.i have stopped using the cough syrup now .it has been 2 days but the problem is still pertaining , should i seek local urologist or it will recover on its own

below is the composition of corex

Each 5 ml of Corex Cough Syrup contains:
Alcohol IP 8 mg
Chlorpheniramine Maleate IP 4 mg
Codeine Phosphate IP 10 mg
Carmoisine and Sunset


A:   Thank you for your question. A rare side effect of codeine is urinary retention, which is the lack of the ability to urinate or difficulty urinating. It is possible that your symptoms could have been caused by an adverse affect of this medication. We would like you to see your doctor immediately as this side effect may require a physical medical evaluation to determine if it will resolve without complication on its own or if it requires treatment. Please see your doctor. wishes you a rapid recovery.

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