What is dihydrocodeine?
Dihydrocodeine is an analgesic drug from the opioid family. Opioid drugs have psychogenic effects along with its analgesic effect. Common use for this drug is for the relief of pain but this particular substance may also be combined with other drugs to help in patients with breathing difficulties and those with coughs. This drug is marketed with different brand names including Panlor, Hydrocodin, Codidol, Dihydrin, Novicodin, and DH-Codeine among many others.
Dihydrocodeine is usually prescribed for pain management, shortness of breath, and some types of coughing. For people with coughs, this drug specifically acts as a suppressant or as an anti-tussive. For pain indications, moderate to severe pain may respond to this drug. It is also common to see this drug mixed with other pain relievers such as paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen. The most common form of this drug is in tablet form, but dihydrocodeine may also be administered through injections and are also available in solution or elixir form.
As a drug, dihydrocodeine has a very rich history since it came out at the time when the world was trying to control diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and pertussis. With dihydrocodeine’s action as an anti-tussive, this drug was eventually released for distribution by 1911, which is about three years after it was developed.
Since dihydrocodeine is an opioid and has psychogenic effects, users of this drug may develop a psychological dependence. Literally, this drug may be addictive for some people which is why its use is usually monitored and regulated. Regular use of this drug may also make it difficult for people to concentrate and perform certain tasks such as driving and/or operating machines. Other side effects of this drug include flushing, hyperactivity, and constipation. Many have also reported an overall increase in their sense of well-being and confidence which makes this drug sought-after by drug users or addicts. Many of these side effects occur if the drug is taken regularly of if the dosage is increased beyond its medicinal use.