Question: Is it ok to take codeine?
Answer: Watch the codeine. It does have some drastic side effects. It killed my grandfather. He got hooked on codeine cough medicine when in his late 80’s. He was drinking the bottled codeine cough medicine almost daily. After awhile, he became constipated. Then it progressed to intestinal blockage & he had to have a section of his intestine removed at the age of 88. No one suspected the cough medicine. This was back in 1957. When he turned 89, his intestines became blocked again. He had another operation, but died in the hospital. It was later we found out that it was due to the codeine. It does not cause constipation in most people, but if it does in you, stop using it immediately.