what is Co-codamol and what it is used for:
Co-codamol contains two different medicines called codeine phosphate and paracetamol. Codeine
belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics which act to relieve pain.
Co-codamol is used for the short-term treatment of acute moderate pain caused by headaches, migraine, toothache, neuralgia, period pain and rheumatic pains when other painkillers have not worked.
•Always Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water
Take two tablets every 4 to 6 hours when necessary up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.
children aged 16 to 18 years:
Take One to Two tablets every 6 hours when necessary up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Use in children aged 12 to 15 years:
Take one tablet every 6 hours when necessary to a maximum of 4 tablets in 24 hours.
This medicine should not be taken for more than 3 days. If the pain does not improve after 3 days,
talk to your doctor for advice.Co-codamol should not be given to children under 12 years of age due to the risk of severe breathing problems.
Stop taking co-codamol and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
• You get swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You could also notice an itchy, lumpy rash (hives) or nettle like rash.
This may mean you are having an allergic reaction to co-codamol
• You get serious skin reactions. Very rare cases have been reported.
Talk to your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects:
• Severe stomach pain, which may reach through to your back. This could be a sign of inflammation of
the pancreas (pancreatitis). This is a very rare side effect.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:
• Constipation, feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting)
• Dizziness, light-headedness, drowsiness, confusion
• Difficulty in passing water
• You get infections or bruise more easily than usual.
How do I know if I am addicted?
If you take this medicine according to the instructions on the pack it is unlikely that you will become
addicted to the medicine. However, if the following apply to you it is important that you talk to your
• You need to take the medicine for longer periods of time
• You need to take more than the recommended dose
• When you stop taking this medicine you feel very unwell but you feel better if you start taking the