Co-codamol tablets can be used for the short-term relief of acute to moderate pain associated with headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache and rheumatic pain, when other pain killers have not worked.
Active ingredients: Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol and 8mg codeine phosphate.
Adults: 1 to 2 tablets not more frequently than 4 hours.
Children over 12 years old: 1 tablets no more frequently than 6 hours. Do not take continuously for more than 3 days without consulting your doctor.
Can cause addiction
- Keep out of the sight and reach of children
- Do not use for more than three consecutive days
- Do no exceed the stated daily dosage
- Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
- Consult your doctor before use of you are taking other medicines or are pregnant or breastfeeding
Like all medicines, Effervescent Co-Codamol can have side effects, although not everyone will get them. These side effects include:
Swelling in hands, feet, ankles, face, lips, or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You may also notice hives or nettle rash. This would indicate an allergic reaction to co-codamol.
Serious skin reactions
Severe stomach pain which may reach through to your back. This could be a sign of inflammation of the pancreas
Dizziness, light-headedness, drowsiness, confusion
Difficulty passing water
Becoming dependent on codeine
More infections or bruising more than usual
How does co-codamol work?
Co-codamol has a dual mechanism of action. Paracetamol is thought to block chemical pathways to the brain which signal pain, while codeine works on pain receptors to block pain signalling to the rest of the body.
How long does it take for co-codamol to work?
You should notice pain relief around 1 hour after taking co-codamol.
Is co-codamol addictive?
Yes. As co-codamol contains the opioid codeine, it can be addictive if taken for long periods of time, or if abused. You should take this medication as directed by your doctor or pharmacist, and read the information leaflet on use.
Can I drink alcohol with co-codamol?
If you drink when taking any opioid medication including codeine, you are at risk of increasing the effects of drowsiness on the body. Otherwise, it should be okay to drink when taking co-codamol if you are not affected by the side-effect of drowsiness.
Can I drive when taking co-codamol?
You should wait to see how the medication affects you before driving or operating machinery. If you experience drowsiness after taking co-codamol, you should avoid driving.