Iophen C-NR is the brand name for the generic drug codeine and guaifenesin. It is also found under other brand names, including Allfen CD, Allfen CDX, Brontex, Cheracol with Codeine, Cheratussin AC, Dex-Tuss, Diabetic Tussin C, Duraganidin NR, ExeClear-C, Guaiatussin AC, Guaifen-C, Guiatuss AC, Guiatussin with Codeine, M-Clear WC, Mar-cof CG, Mytussin AC, Robafen AC, Robitussin-AC, Tussi-Organidin NR, Tussi-Organidin-S NR, Tussiden C and Tusso-C.
Codeine is a narcotic pain reliever and its application is as a cough suppressant that affects areas of the brain that control the cough reflex. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that loosens mucus in the lungs. When combined, codeine and guaifenesin treat chest congestion and cough caused by bacterial infections in the upper respiratory system, allergies or the common cold. It will not treat coughing and congestion due to asthma, emphysema or smoking.
Abuses of Iophen C-NR
Cough syrups containing codeine produce a euphoric high when abused making them a prime target for those seeking recreational use for a low price. Users have been known to mix the cough syrup with soda and hard candy to experience its effects. Iophen C-NR is often abused due to its ease of access, low price and relative acceptance among peers. Like all narcotics, however, it is very addictive and can be lethal.
As codeine is a derivative of morphine, it will produce a similar type of dependency to heroin, although it is a less potent form. Once an addiction develops, the user will feel a need to take the drug multiple times each day. Abusers also develop a tolerance for codeine, requiring increased amounts of the drug to experience similar effects, increasing the risk for overdose.
Effects of Iophen C-NR
When Iophen C-NR is taken, the effects can be felt within forty-five minutes after oral administration and often last between four to six hours. When taken orally, codeine is absorbed through the gastro-intestinal tract and there is little loss of the drug during the passage through the liver.
Codeine is converted to morphine when it enters the brain and then suppresses the area of the brain that controls the cough reflex. Iophen C-NR is often prescribed for patients who are experiencing a non-productive cough. Some individuals taking the drug may expereince dizziness, drowsiness or headache, warmth, redness or tingling under the skin, nausea or vomiting, constipation, or a skin rash or itching.
Withdrawal of Iophen C-NR
As Iophen C-NR is a narcotic, it is possible to become psychologically and/or physically dependent on this drug. If a person develops a dependency, the abrupt cessation can cause the user to enter quickly into a withdrawal similar to a heroin withdrawal and symptoms can last for several days with intensity before subsiding.
The withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
Treatment of Iophen C-NR
When Iophen C-NR is used for an extended amount of time, it can lead to extreme physical pain and psychological distress when discontinuing the use of the drug. The sudden discontinuation of the drug can especially cause the user intense suffering. As a result, it is recommended that users be treated under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist.
Entering a quality center for 24/7 comfortable detox treatment will ensure the individual rids their body of the drug completely. This method involves the administration of medications that are specifically designed for those wishing to discontinue addiction to Iophen C-NR. The medications are used to correct the chemical imbalances in the individual suffering with the addiction and should be combined with psychological evaluations and other medical care to address cravings for the drug.