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Tussipax Codeine Ethyl-morphine Hydrochloride


Tussipax Codeine Ethyl-morphine Hydrochloride


Brand name: Tussipax Codeine/Morphine Hydrochloride Coated Tablets by Bailleul Laboratories

Treatment: Management of mild to moderate pain, chronic pain, dry cough

Quantity per pack: 20 x 10 mg tablets

Price per pill: £2.15

Active Ingredient: Codeine, Ethyl-morphine Hydrochloride


This medicine contains two cough suppressants, codeine and ethyl morphine. Tussipax is recommended to calm dry and irritating coughs in adults.

Codeine is an opioid analgesic (pain-reliever) which is closely related to morphine. It works by weakly binding to a specific opioid receptor, known as the mu-opioid receptor, but with far less affinity than morphine. This means its analgesic (pain-relieving effects) are much less. Codeine belongs to a group of drugs known as opioids or opioid analgesics.


Tussipax (Codeine)Tablets are indicated for the management of mild to moderate pain. It is applied where treatment with an opioid is appropriate and for which alternative treatments are deemed as inadequate. Codeine is a pain relief medication. It works by reducing signals from the body to the brain through the central nervous system, meaning you feel less pain. It also mimics our natural ‘feel-good factor’ which come from our endorphins. Endorphins are morphine-like peptide substances that are naturally produced in our bodies in our livers. They are the reason for which we have morphine receptors inside our brains. Many of these active substances have been found, all with the same opioid core of five amino acids. They are neurotransmitters and have many different functions.

Active ingredient

The active ingredient of Tussipax Codeine Ethyl-morphine tablets is ethyl-morphine. Which is also known as codethyline and dionine. It is a semi-synthetic morphinan opioid first created by Merck in 1884 and used as a more mild alternative to morphine. Today, it is most commonly used as an antitussive which is available in cough syrup preparations like Cocillana, Cosylan, Solvipect comp. (in combination with guaifenesin) and Lepheton (in combination with ephedrine), or in tablet form sold as Tussipax (in combination with codeine). Cough syrup preparations commonly include a mild laxative to counter the constipation which is a common side effect of taking opioids.

Side Effects

The most frequent side effects of Tussipax Codeine Ethyl-morphine include:

  • light-headedness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • sedation
  • allergic reactions
  • constipation
  • abdominal pain
  • rash
  • itching
  • addiction

This is not a full list of possible side effects for codeine. Make sure you ask your doctor or GP about the potential side effects of this drug if you are prescribed it.

Withdrawal symptoms

Any abrupt withdrawal may possibly result in:

The withdrawal symptoms of Tussipax Codeine Ethyl-morphine tablets are similar to that of other opiates. Prescribing doctors should gradually reduce doses in order to avoid these symptoms.

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Brand name

Tussipax Codeine/Morphine Hydrochloride Coated Tablets by Bailleul Laboratories


Management of mild to moderate pain, chronic pain

Quantity per pack

20 x 10 mg tablets

Price per pill


Active Ingredient

Codeine, Ethyl-morphine Hydrochloride


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