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If you are allergic to codeine can you take hydrocodone?

Patient: If you are allergic to codeine can you safely take hydrocodone ?

 

 

Doctor: Although, hydrocodone is a lot like codeine in terms of clinical effects, codeine is a natural derivative of opium plant whilst hydrocodone is synthetic. Since they are chemically unrelated, hydrocodone may be used safely in codeine sensitive individuals. But, you should consult your family doctor before taking any medication.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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