Co-codamol can prove an effective treatment for aches and pains when other pain killers such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol haven’t worked. Co codamol contains a mixture of two different types of painkillers, Paracetamol and Codeine. It is commonly used to treat a multiple of aches and pains that range from headaches and muscular pains, to severe migraines and toothache. This medication comes in the form of Tablets.
Co-codamol is one of the UK’s most widely prescribed pain relief medications and is used to treat a number of causes of mild to moderate pain. It is classed as a compound analgesic which means that there are a number of active ingredients that work together to provide effective treatment in combating painful symptoms.
Co Codamol tablets are available in 3 different strengths, the lower strength capsules can be bought over the counter in many local pharmacies, whereas the higher strength capsules (30/500mg) can only be bought with a prescription. 30/500mg co codamol tablests consist of 30mg of Codeine and 500mg of Paracetamol.
Paracetamol and Codeine form an effective treatment and both work in different ways to relieve pain. When our body feels pain, the area being affected will send a message to our brain to tell us that we are experiencing some form of pain or discomfort. Paracetamol works by blocking these messages getting passed to the brain.
Codeine works in a similar way and targets our central nervous system and brain to block pain signals being sent to the rest of our body, resulting in our body being unable to register the pain and the affected area. Codeine can be a highly addictive ingredient and belongs to a group of medications called opiates which need to be taken with care.
Co-codamol is also available and sold under different branded names such as Kapake and Solpadol, both of which are available to buy online at Medicine Direct.
This dosage of Co codamol is only available from a licensed pharmacy/doctor. Lower strengths are available from over the counter locations in many local pharmacies. The 30/500mg dosage measurement is in relation to the amount of Codeine and Paracetamol that is present in the tablets. For this particular dosage each tablet consists of 30mg of Codeine and 500mg of Paracetamol. The dosage of paracetamol found in Co-codamol tablets usually stays the same, whilst the dosage of codeine can vary from 8mg, 15mg and 30mg.
You can also buy codeine 30mg online at Medicine Direct which contains the same level of Codeine per tablet as co-codamol tablets, however it does not contain any paracetamol.
What is Co-codamol used for?
Co codamol is effective in the short term treatment of mild to moderate pain and is most commonly prescribed to offer effective pain relief of headaches, migraines, back pain and muscular pains. Although co codamol is not limited to providing treatment for those conditions, it is however most effective when used for common aches and pains. The most popular uses for co codamol are:
- Back pain
- Severe aches and pains
- Muscular pain
- Period pain
Co-codamol Side Effects
Like all medicines, Co-codamol can cause various side effects to your body. Common side effects are those that happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Not only can Co codamol cause a number of common side effects, it can also be highly addictive for individuals due to the codeine that is present within the medicine itself.
The most common Co-codamol side effects are:
- Sickness or Vomiting
- Feeling lethargic or sleepy
- Mild Headaches
The above symptoms are the most common side effects that people experience when taking Co-codamol. Individuals can still take the medication when experiencing those effects however it is advised that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist should the symptoms persist and become more noticeable.
Serious Co codamol side effects include:
- A skin rash
- Difficulty passing urine
- Changes to your vision or eyesight
- Drowsiness and dizziness
Should any individuals experience the more serious side effects listed above, it is advised that you stop taking the medication immediately and contact your Doctor or Pharmacist. For a complete full list of the side effects assosciated with Co-codamol, we recommend always reading the enclosed patient information leaflet that can be found in your package that will be sent out to you upon successful order.
Things to know before taking Co codamol
Co-codamol typically comes in tablet or capsule form and is to be swallowed whole with a drink of water. The normal co codamol dosage for adults is 2 tablets every 4 hours, it is important to always leave a 4 hour gap in-between doses and you should not take more than 8 co codamol tablets within 24 hours. It is important to keep your dosage the same throughout your course, do not be tempted to increase the dosage or take a double dose of tablets if your pain is very bad. If you have been prescribed a course of co codamol, please take it exactly as you have been advised.
Co codamol dosage
Co-codamol is available in many different dosages such as 8/500mg, 15/500mg and 30/500mg. The numbers 8,15 and 30 relate to the amount of codeine that is present within the medicine, the higher the number means a higher level of codeine. The lower dosages such as 8/500mg and 15/500mg are available over the counter from many local pharmacies, however the higher dosage of co codamol (30/500) is available on prescription only from your doctor or pharmacist such as Medicine Direct. All dosages of co codamol come with a generic dose of 500mg of paracetamol. Due to the high volume of paracetamol that is present within the medicine, you should not take any other medications that contain paracetamol during your course of Co-codamol.
Co-codamol and Paracetamol
Due to the high levels of paracetamol that is present within each co-codamol tablet, taking other forms of medication that contain paracetamol should not be taken whilst taking Co codamol. Different medicines that include paracetamol are highly likely to include other forms of pain relief/painkillers such as Co-Dydramol, Tramacet and even some over the counter cough, cold and flu remedies such as Lemsip and Night Nurse. It is advised that before taking any other medications, you should check the label to see whether they contain any form of paracetamol before consumption.
Can you take Ibuprofen with Co-codamol?
Ibuprofen is safe to take when taking co-codamol, however we advise that you always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking ibuprofen alongside your course of Co codamol.
Taking Co codamol with Alcohol?
Drinking alcohol can drastically increase your chances of experiencing some serious side effects related to taking Co-codamol. The consumption of alcohol whilst taking Co-codamol tablets can also increase sleepiness and drowsiness. It is best to stop drinking alcohol when you first start taking medicine so you can see exactly how the medication affects your body.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Co-codamol is not recommended for pregnant women or those that are actively trying to conceive. Co-codamol contains 2 active ingredients, both codeine and paracetamol, whilst the latter is safe to consume during pregnancy and provides no harm to an unborn child, Codeine is not safe for consumption.
Codeine can cause various problems and complications to an unborn baby and can even cause a newborn to get withdrawal symptoms if taken throughout or to the end of the pregnancy. More information on how codeine can affect you and your baby throughout pregnancy can be found here.
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