And rarely—for the very worst migraine episodes—I will follow up by taking a Tylenol with codeine.
Because of the wide variability in codeine metabolism, its use as a cough suppressant is not recommended.
codeine should not have been prescribed for these patients because its metabolism in children varies widely from person to person.
alkaloid present in opium, 1838, from French codéine, coined, with chemical suffix -ine (2), from Greek kodeia "poppy head," related to kooz "prison," literally "hollow place;" kodon "bell, mouth of a trumpet;" koilos "hollow," from PIE root *kel- (see cell). Originally codeina; modern form is from 1881.
codeine co·deine (kō'dēn', -dē-ĭn)
An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic. Also called methylmorphine.