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Is codeine and hydrocodone the same?

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Codeine and hydrocodone have similar chemical structures but they are not the same drugs. They both are narcotic pain relievers. Any comments?

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  1. Vashti says:

    Hydrocodone and codeine are NOT the same chemical compound; they're two different drugs. Codeine is the 3-methylether of morphine. It's almost inactive on

  2. Ricarda says:

    They do not show up as the same thing.The most basic drug tests will test for opiates (only naturally occurring drugs like morphine and codeine are opiates). But heroin would also likely show up. Codeine and heroin are both prodrugs and more/less have no actions. But both break down into morphine, which is what causes pain relief.But hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid (and opioid refers to any drug (including opiates) that has actions on opioid receptors. Hydrocodone will not become morphine. When a test is done they will need to add extra tests to look for any semi-synthetic and synthetic drugs. So the basic test looks for drugs that involve morphine. But some companies test for a few extra drugs, primarily hydrocodone and oxycodone. If they are only testing for opiates (codeine and morphine) you will not be positive. All substances are different. Morphine is called morphine and hydrocodone is called hydrocodone because that is what they are. So a test for morphine wont look for a completely different substance.And if you have a legal prescription for the Lortab it will not matter.

  3. Akilah says:

    Is the 93/150 white round pill stronger Codeine than hydrocodone M367′s with 10mg of Codeine? when researched,the white pill displays: Acetaminophen-codeine phosphate Strength

  4. Ocie says:

    Both are single-ingredient drugs, with hydrocodone simply being a chemically modified form of the codeine molecule. More:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_ingredients_of_hydrocodone_verses_codeine

  5. Marna says:

    Answer Hydrocodone and codeine are NOT the same chemical compound; they’re two different drugs Codeine is the 3-methylether of morphine. It’s almost inactive on it’s own, and needs to be converted into morphine via the enzyme CYP2D6 in the … More:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_difference_between_hydrodone_and_codeine

  6. Onie says:

    Should you take codeine and hydrocodene at the same time

  7. Lesley says:

    An allergic reaction can strike one who has never had cashews prior to their first Hydrocodone and codeine are both narcotic pain relievers, and both widely Detail:http://www.ehow.com/facts_5026038_symptoms-codeine-allergy.html

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