Co-Codamol is a 500mg/30.6mg of paracetamol/codeine. It is clinically equivalent to Solpadol, Kapake, and Zapain.
The limit for Co Codamol is 200 tablets per household per month.
Is this medicine right for me?
Like any medication Co-codamol may not be right you. Only your doctor can decide how best to treat your condition. When considering the right treatment for your condition, the doctor may need to consider not only the condition itself, but also:
- what other medical conditions you have
- what other medications you are taking
- your age and general state of health
- lifestyle issues especially smoking/drinking alcohol
Co-codamol is typically prescribed for short-term pain conditions that are not relieved by paracetamol or other OTC painkillers alone. Typically, it is used for nerve or muscle pain.
Co-codamol is contraindicated in patients with a history of;
- liver, prostate or kidney problems
- chronic breathing problems (especially COPD)
- low blood pressure or heart arrhythmia
- inflammatory bowel disorders or blockages
- epilepsy and other convulsive disorders
Co-codamol should not be used by pregnant women or people with alcohol or drug abuse problems.
Does Co-codamol have side effects?
Like all prescription medications, Co-codamol can have side-effects, and it is not suitable everyone. Side effects can be minor in which case they can usually be disregarded. Or they may be significant requiring you to discontinue the medication to consult a medical professional.
Minor side effect include:
- dizziness or feeling light-headed
Seek medical help in the event of:
- skin rash
Co-codamol is a strong prescription painkiller containing two medicines which can both endanger your health if abused. You must strictly follow the doctors guidance mon taking these pills. Do not buy Co-codamol if you have ever abused or been addicted to drugs or alcohol.
If you believe you have taken an overdose of Co-codamol, you must immediately contact medical assistance.
One of the two active ingredients in Co-Codamol is codeine. This is an old and trusted medication whose use comes with considerable risk.
Important information about codeine
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR AFFILIATED PHARMACY CAN SUPPLY CO-CODAMOL TO NEW PATIENTS. FOLLOW THE CONSULTATION LINKS ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION. HOWEVER, THE PHARMACY CANNOT SUPPLY CODEINE PHOSPHATE TABLETS TO NEW PATIENTS. THIS IS DUE TO REGULATORY CHANGES IN ITS JURISDICTION. IT CAN ONLY SUPPLY CODEINE PHOSPHATE TO PATIENTS REGISTERED IN ITS SYSTEM PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2018. SUCH PATIENTS SHOULD VISIT OUR CODEINE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Codeine (3-methylmorphine) is known as ‘a type of methylated morphine,’ an opiate used for its various properties, including that of analgesic, anti-tussive, anti-diarrheal and anti-hypertensive. In other types of painkilling medications, codeine is present in the form of salts like codeine phosphate and codeine sulfate.
Pharmaceutical codeine is generally synthesized through a ‘semi-synthetic process’ that produces the codeine used in many medications. It can be, however, extracted from natural sources. Although codeine has ‘roots’ as a naturally occurring medication, people can only buy Codeine if they have a prescription for the medication.
How Codeine works
Codeine is a weaker narcotic medication that’s used to relieve mild to moderate pain and suppress coughs. The medication works by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors, which are responsible for transmitting the sensations of pain throughout the brain and to the rest of the body.
This narcotic is known for increasing one’s pain tolerance, something that has the effect of decreasing discomfort within the body. Codeine, however, does cause people to feel drowsy and ‘short of breath,’ due to its sedation-related side effects.
In most cases, Codeine is combined with other painkillers to increase its painkilling effects. It’s often combined with ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen).
Many versions of Codeine combined with other painkillers like Co-Codamol are sold as over-the-counter medications, which is an effective way for people to buy Codeine online without a prescription. However, you can only get the weaker versions. Stronger version of Co-Codamol aren’t available without a prescription.
Codeine is commonly available as codeine phosphate by itself too. It is prescribed in tablet form, though there are liquid forms of this medication available. Liquid codeine is often administered by a doctor as an injectable medication (15 and 30 mg/ml), unless they instruct the patient to handle their medication on their own. Some forms of liquid Codeine (usually 15 mg/5 ml) are ingestable without having to administer an injection.
Codeine tablets are usually available as 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg tablets. Adult patients are usually advised to consume one dose of codeine every four to six hours. This dose commonly applies to most prescribed forms of codeine. Codeine should not be taken with other medications or alcohol, due to the side effects that can occur.
Most patients are advised to take codeine on a short term basis, typically in accordance to their doctor’s instructions. Due to this, people who are finished using Codeine for pain relief should gradually stop using the medication, as it prevents them from developing withdrawal symptoms.