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Type Psychoactive
Legal Status Class B
Dihydrocodeine is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic.
Dihydrocodeine toxicity is due to opioid effects. The fatal dose is likely to be variable between individuals depending on tolerance and rates of metabolic conversion to dihydromorphine. As dihydrocodeine is metabolised to dihydromorphine, the effects may be prolonged after overdose. The effects in overdosage will be potentiated by simultaneous ingestion of alcohol and psychotropic drugs.
Short Term Effects
The use of Dihydrocodeine may result in euphoria. Adverse reactions to dihydrocodeine include dizziness, drowsiness, light-headedness, nausea, anxiety, agitation and constipation. Overdose may result in depression of the respiratory and central nervous systems, coma, convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, and death.