Experts warn against codeine/NSAID combos

An increasing number of patients are presenting with serious gastrointestinal problems due to abuse of OTC drugs combining codeine and an NSAID, say Australian surgeons.

The drugs are abused for their opioid effects but is the NSAID in the combination that can cause non-healing gastric ulcers and other complications of the upper gastrointestinal tract, surgeons from Adelaide’s Flinders Medical Centre noted in a letter to the ANZ Journal of

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