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Monday, September 1, 2014
Pharmacy and Medications
Do Any of These Drugs Have Codeine in Them?
None of the products identified contain codeine. However, several of them contain medications in the same class of medication as codeine known as the opioids or opiates. Oxycodone (found in Percocet), morphine and even butorphanol (Stadol) are chemically similar to codeine. Fentanyl is an opioid that works in a similar way to codeine, but is not structurally related. Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) is a corticosteroid, ketorolac (Toradol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), and promethazine (Phenergan) is an antihistamine used to treat nausea and cough. Some cough formulations of liquid promethazine do contain codeine.
Michael Ganio, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University