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For severe pain that painkillers aren't touching, Solpadol can be an effective short-term pain reliever.
Solpadol is a painkiller which contains traditional paracetamol and codeine.
While the mechanism behind paracetamol is not well understood, it is believed that it inhibits the production of the prostaglandins which relay pain signals through the nervous system.
Codeine is an opioid derived from poppy plants. When metabolised by the liver, it is converted into morphine which blocks pain signals from being sent to and from the brain.
Solpadol can be used to treat:
The codeine in Solpadol interacts with the central nervous system (CNS), changing the way the brain perceives pain. Codeine mimics the action of pain-reducing chemicals, known as endorphins, naturally occurring in the brain and spinal cord.
The human body converts codeine into morphine. The morphine molecules latch onto opioid receptors in the CNS, which causes receptors to send pain-reducing messages to the brain.
Paracetamol works in the CNS to inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which are naturally occurring chemicals that produce pain and inflammation at the site of injury or disease.
The analgesic effects of Solpadol typically begin 30 to 45 minutes after consumption.
Solpadol is for adults, who should take one or two tablets every four to six hours with a glass of water, or as prescribed. Consumers should not take more than two tablets at a time, take more often than every four hours, or take more than eight tablets in 24 hours.
Consumers should not take Solpadol for more than three days, as the risk of physical dependence increases with prolonged use.
Solpadol is not suitable for children.
Solpadol provides short term relief from severe pain in adults. Prescribers will issue the correct dosage for each patient, depending on the severity and source of their pain as well as their medical history. Solpadol is not appropriate for everyone.
Follow the guidance of the doctor. Do not exceed prescribed dose.
Since consumers take Solpadol as needed, missed doses are not an issue.
If a consumer takes more Solpadol than they should, they must consult with a physician immediately even if they feel well. High paracetamol levels can cause delayed but serious liver damage. The risk of paracetamol overdose is greater in people with alcoholic liver disease.
As with all medications, Solpadol may cause adverse reactions for some consumers. Some adverse effects may be serious. Consumers of Solpadol should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the following:
Solpadol may cause side effects that are not serious but warrant the attention of a physician if the side effects worsen or persist for longer than a few days:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is strongly advised against using Solpadol unless under the direction of a physician.
Keep Solpadol and all medications out of the sight and reach of children. Keep medicine stored below 25 degrees Celsius. Store Solpadol in its original packaging. Do not use Solpadol after the expiry date printed on the packaging.
To reduce the risk of drug interactions, consumers should notify prescribers of their current medications and medical conditions.
Solpadol contains paracetamol 500 mg and codeine phosphate hemihydrate 30 mg. Solpadol may include stabilizers and other ingredients. Do not use Solpadol if you are allergic or intolerant to any of the ingredients.
Generally, solpadol begins to work between 30 and 60 minutes after ingestion. The effects of solpadol last for around 4 to 6 hours.
The time it takes for the effects to become noticable may differ depending on the individual.
Effervescent tablets are dissolved into water rather than swallowed.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, you may prefer effervescent tablets.
On the surface, it's easy to presume that solpadeine max and solpadol are the same - even their names sound alike. While they share the same ingredients and similar names, there are a couple of key differences.
Solpadeine max contains less than half the amount (around 12 mg) of codeine phosphate than solpadol. They are indicated for mild to moderate pain in adults whose pain has not responded to traditional painkillers. Solpadeine is classed as a pharmacy medicine. This means that they can only be bought from licensed pharmacies and the acquisition of the medicine must be supervised by a qualified doctor or pharmacis
Solpadol contains 30 mg of codeine - more than twice the amount found in solpadeine max. They are indicated for moderate to severe pain in adults and are only available on prescription.
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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