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Co-codamol (paracetamol and codeine) is a compound analgesic which contains both paracetamol and codeine. It is typically taken as-needed to treat mild to moderate acute pain when paracetamol alone is insufficient.
This combination of drugs is widely used around the world and generally considered safe as long as it is not taken in large doses or for long periods of time.
Pain Relief When you Need It
Like most acute pain treatments, co-codamol is taken as-needed. It is commonly used to manage pain from:
In patients 12 years old and up, administration is straightforward:
Length of treatment can vary; it may be taken just once or twice a month for conditions such as headaches; in other cases it may be taken for days straight to manage more persistent pain, as from toothache. When taken consecutively, most doctors do not advise using the medication for longer than three days, for a few reasons:
If pain treatment is needed for longer than three days, staggering co-codamol with another painkiller will likely avert all three issues.
Too much paracetamol can cause serious liver damage; be careful to not take more than the recommended dose of co-codamol. Also note that a great many other products, including over-the-counter treatments, contain paracetamol; read labels carefully before taking additional medications.
The medication should not be given to children under age 12 without doctor approval; dosage strength will likely be determined by weight. Too much codeine can produce serious, even life-threatening adverse reactions in young patients. Codeine is known to pass through breast milk; mothers who are breast-feeding should not take co-codamol.
Patients with any serious preexisting conditions should speak with a doctor about risks before using codeine products, particularly those with any sort of breathing disorder--opiates are known to depress breathing in patients with asthma, sleep apnea, and similar conditions.
Speak with a doctor if taking any other medications; co-codamol may interfere with their effectiveness or cause unanticipated side effects.
Because codeine often produces feelings of euphoria or well-being, it is a widely-abused drug. For this reason there may be regulations regarding its purchase or possession in some areas; clients are responsible for complying with any such applicable regulations.
If addiction does occur, treatment may be gradually tapered off. It is unlikely to produce physical withdrawal symptoms unless it has been used in very high doses for months or longer. A doctor can provide more advice for quitting codeine.
Co-Codamol Side Effects
Most side effects from co-codamol are rare, and not cause for concern unless persistent or severe:
Symptoms of more serious reactions call for immediate medical attention:
Codeine makes many patients drowsy; use caution performing complex or dangerous tasks until the medication's effect is known.
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Severe headaches from cochlear implant surgery. Ibuprofen causes severe tinnitus. This medicine is the only one that can help my pain.
Over weight! Lower back issues
Lower back pain when work hard
I have horrible migraine that are so bad I can't function when I have them
bad menstral cramps and endometriosis
was in a bad car accident20 yrs ago. have I have ruptured and bulging disc in my back. I'm not ready for surgery yet.just need something to take the edge off. so that I can be a mom and a wife. please help me!!!!
Was diagnosed with fibors & pelvic pain, cyst.
hey had back surgery in 2001 it's getting worse I need something for pain
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Co-codamol works very well for Migraine Headaches!!!
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