You’ll need a prescription for anything that contains codeine, starting next month.
Previously, exempted products that contain the narcotic, like Tylenol #1®, Robaxacet-8® and Calmylin® could be bought at pharmacy, although it was kept behind the counter.
Codeine provides relief of mild to moderate pain and can be used in the treatment of coughs. The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba is making the move to address the serious side effects which can happen when the drug is not used properly or overused.
“This change will help reduce the harmful effects that can occur with the improper use of the exempted codeine products,” says College President, Glenda Marsh.
The major side effects of overuse include addiction and liver failure.