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Co codamol 30/500 mg treatment uses an opioid pain reliever combined with a non-prescription pain reliever to provide pain relief better than the relief provided by either medication alone.
Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets contain the painkillers paracetamol and codeine, which effectively relieve severe pain. Codeine is an opioid analgesic, which means the pain-relieving medications come from the opium poppy plant.
"For moderate pain, which traditional painkillers might not touch, Co-codamol can provide effective short-term relief to patients." Mohamed Imran Lakhi, Superintendent Pharmacist.
Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets provides short-term relief of moderate pain not relieved by other painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen alone. Treatment with Co codamol 30/500 mg alleviates your pain so you can carry on with your day.
The codeine in Co Codomal interacts with the central nervous system (CNS) to change the way the brain perceives pain. Codeine works by mimicking the action of pain-reducing chemicals, known as endorphins, which occur naturally in the brain and spinal cord.
The human body metabolises codeine into morphine. Once converted, these molecules latch onto opioid receptors in the brain. When codeine docks at the receptor, it causes the receptor to transmit a pain-reducing message to the brain.
Paracetamol works in the central nervous system to relieve mild to moderate pain differently. This medicine inhibits the production of prostaglandins, which are naturally occurring chemicals that produce pain and inflammation at the site of injury or disease.
Together, codeine and paracetamol work better to provide a more effective pain relief than either medicine could provide alone.
All oral pain pills, including Co Codamol, must start dissolving in the stomach before they begin to relieve pain. Patients typically experience relief in 30 to 45 minutes after swallowing an oral pain reliever. Because they dissolve slowly in the stomach, Co Codamol provides relief from pain for 4 to 6 hours.
Co codamol is commonly used to treat severe pain.
One to two tablets every four to six hours when necessary to a maximum of eight tablets per 24 hours.
Since you take Co codamol as needed, missed doses do not pose a problem.
If you take more Co codamol than you should, consult with a physician immediately even if you feel well, as high paracetamol levels can cause delayed but serious liver damage. The risk of paracetamol overdose is greater in people with alcoholic liver disease. If you go to hospital, be sure to take any remaining tablets with you.
As with all medications, Co codamol may cause unwanted side effects for some consumers. Some side effects can be serious. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following after taking Co codamol 30/500 mg:
Other side effects may not be serious, but you should see your doctor if any of the following side effects worsen or persist for longer than a few days:
Do not take Co codamol if you are pregnant unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Do not take Co codamol while you are breastfeeding, as the codeine in this produce passes into breast milk.
Co codamol 30/500 mg treatment is for adults.
Adults should take one or two Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets every four to six hours with a glass of water.
Always take Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets exactly as prescribed by our online prescriber. Check with your prescriber if you are not sure how to take Co-codamol 30/350.
Do not take more than two tablets at a time, or take more often than every four hours. Do not use more than eight tablets in 24 hours.
Avoid taking Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets for more than three days, as the risk of physical dependence increases with prolonged use. If your pain does not improve after three days on Co-codamol 30/500 mg tablets, consult with your doctor.
Do not use in children, as the conversion from codeine to morphine is unpredictable in a child’s body.
Keep Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets and all medications out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store in locations where the temperature exceeds 25 degrees Celsius. Store this medication in its original package.
When you are finished with this medication, ask your pharmacist how to dispose of any unused Co codamol 30/500 mg tablets. To protect the environment, do not dispose of unused medication via household waste or wastewater.
Do not use after the expiry date, which you can find printed on the package. The expiry date on the package refers to the last day of that month.
To reduce your risk of drug interactions, tell your doctor about all the medications you currently take.
Co codamol contains the active ingredients, paracetamol 500 mg and codeine phosphate hemihydrate 30 mg. Other ingredients include maize starch, povidone, colloidal silica, magnesium stearate and potassium sorbate (E202). Do not use Co codamol if you are allergic or intolerant to any of these ingredients.
Yes, you can buy low strength co codamol over the counter, however these are generally intended for low to moderate pain. Painkillers containing a higher dose of codeine must be prescribed by a qualified healthcare provider such as a doctor or GP.
Yes, you can take ibuprofen with co codamol. It is advised not to take co codamol alongside other medicine which contains either codeine or paracetamol. Taking too much codeine or paracetamol can seriously damage your liver.
Co codamol is slightly stronger than ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. If you are suffering from moderate to severe pain, speak to your doctor before taking Codeine painkillers such as co codamol to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.
Co codamol can be taken with some antibiotics. If you have been prescribed antibiotics from your doctor, speak to them regarding the safety of using codeine painkillers and antibiotics simultaneously.
Codeine addiction can be both physical and psychological. With repeated use, the body becomes accustomed to the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may occur once it is no longer present in your system. A psychological urge to recreate the feeling associated with codeine phosphate may remain long after the medication is gone.
If addiction is a concern, speak to your GP or visit talktofrank.com for more advice.
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