Codeine tablets and packaging. Blisterpack of tablets of codeine phosphate, containing the drug codeine as the active ingredient. Codeine is both a sedative and a mild analgesic (pain-killing drug). Here, the dosage per tablet (15 milligrams) is relatively low, and at this level this drug is usually available over-the-counter (OTC) without prescription. The packaging includes raised braille dots for blind patients. This is a generic codeine brand from Teva Pharmaceuticals.