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January 5, 2018
As of the 1st of February 2018, all medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription.
Codeine is used to provide relief from a number of conditions, including:
The decision to reschedule codeine was made after public consultation indicated that many consumers used these products to self-treat chronic pain. Low dose codeine-based medicines are not intended to treat long-term conditions. Regular long-term use can result in overuse and dependence, which is an increasing problem in Australia. The United States, Germany and Japan have already restricted over the counter sales of codeine-based medications.
Some of the products that will be affected include:
If you are concerned about your own or a friend’s use of codeine and the rescheduling of codeine to prescription only, there is confidential help available.