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Presley, Elvis/Toothache and Codeine


As I understand it, Elvis went to Dr. Hofman Lester, a Memphis dentist, to have a restoration placed in a tooth. Upon leaving, he received a prescription for Codeine. Was he allergic to Codeine? If he was, in taking the alledged prescription, could he have suffered an allergic reaction which stopped his heart causing his death? Thank you.

Hi Thomas,

Even though it has been said over the years that Elvis might have had a possible allergic reaction to Codeine, I don't believe there has been anything to prove that claim. Codeine is an Opioid and Elvis took other Opioid medications and there is nothing to show that he had an allergy to the other medications.

Thank you for the question.

Cory Cooper

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