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Australians: Can you still get codeine cough syrup otc?

Asked by trailsillustrated (14700 points ) December 3rd, 2013

My kids brought crap cold/flu thingy home from schoolies I can’t be stuffed trying to get dr. appt. so- is this still available otc? Thanks

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JLeslie's avatar

Why not just call a pharmacy? In America it varies by state.

gailcalled's avatar

You cannot buy codeine cough syrup without a prescription in the U.S. (in any state) but you can buy it in Canada and the UK over the counter. I don’t know whether that would obtain in Australia.

gailcalled's avatar

PS. I will ask an Aussie friend of mine.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Thankyou people in America. I’m not ringing a chemists because I’m too sick to find my phone. I’m just going to go there and buy whatever,

JLeslie's avatar

I found this wikipedia page that outlines if it is prescription. It looks like it is controlled by the pharmacist but possibly attainable without a script like some states here in the US. I would just call the pharmacy. Probably even if it is legal the pharmacist can use their discretion and may not sell it. I find Robitussin DM to work quite well actually. When I was a kid my mom always gave us codeine, we weren’t allowed to cough, she needed her sleep. LOL.

@gailcalled Maybe you should ask an American friend about America.

flip86's avatar

If you go to Walgreens you can get the generic Nyquil with Pseudoephedrine in it. They call it Nighttime D. Just ask for it at the pharmacy window. I got some a few years ago. Had to sign for it and show ID.

It isn’t codeine but it might help.

trailsillustrated's avatar

^ there’s no walgreens here- so I went and you can get ‘a derivative’ of codiene but that’s not right for my cough blah blah so I got bromhexine hydrochloride and guaiphenisin gulp gulp have no idea thanks all-

JLeslie's avatar

I think both of those are expectorants. If so that won’t stop your cough. I think it is good to take an expectorant, gualphensin is in Robitussin, but you would need a cough surpressant to get some rest from all the coughing. Hopefully, it works and I am wrong.

In America there is a bad bacterial sinus infection going around. If your illness lasts for over a week you probably need an antibiotic assuming you don’t have the flu. You didn’t say you have a fever so I assume it isn’t the flu.

trailsillustrated's avatar

@JLeslie no I just feel like total poo and coughing my head off and my eyeball hurts.If it keeps on I will go get the ‘derivative’ whatever that is. Thanks.

JLeslie's avatar

I should clarify most coughs take three weeks to completely clear, even if the virus or germ is out of you. If your other symptoms plus the cough persist over a week, and the cough is just as bad or worse, then I think the antibiotic will help.

I am assuming your cough is in jags and much worse in the middle of the night or when you first wake and you are coughing some stuff up since your pharmacist gave you expectorants.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Thanks @JLeslie I’ll see what happens you are right about the symptoms, I am loathe to take antibiotics.

JLeslie's avatar

@trailsillustrated I hope you get better with your own immune system. :)

trailsillustrated's avatar

So anyway I went to a different chemist and got a thing called rycodiene it’s dyhydrocodeine and they take your name and address. So, there’s the answer to my q in case anybody else in Australia wonders this.

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