What are Panadol ultra tablets used for?
Panadol ultra tablets contain codeine. They are used for acute to moderate pain. Specifically where paracetamol is not effective on its own.
Panadol ultra treats migraine headache, dental pain,period pain,backache and sciatica.
Adults aged 18 years and over (including the elderly) Two tablets up to 4 times a day.
This dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours, and not more than 4 doses should be given in any 24 hour period. Do not take for more than 3 days without consulting a doctor.
Children aged 16 to 18 years
Two tablets up to 4 times a day.
This dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 6 hours, and not more than 4 doses should be given in any 24 hour period. Do not take for more than 3 days without consulting a doctor.
Children aged 12 to 15 years
One tablet up to four times a day.
This dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 6 hours, and not more than 4 doses should be given in any 24 hour period. Do not take for longer than 3 days without consulting a doctor.
Children (under 12 years)
Not recommended for children under 12 years of age. For oral administration only.
Do not take for more than 3 days continuously without medical review.
This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it.
If you take a painkiller for headaches for more than 3 days it can make them worse
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Ask your doctor before you take this medicine:
• If you have liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease
• If you have bowel problems including blockage of your bowel
• If you have had an operation to remove your gall bladder
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
Warnings and Precautions
Codeine is transformed to morphine in the liver by an enzyme. Morphine is the substance that produces
pain relief. Some people have a variation of this enzyme and this can affect people in different ways.
In some people, morphine is not produced or produced in very small quantities, and it will not provide
enough pain relief. Other people are more likely to get serious side effects because a very high amount of
morphine is produced. If you notice any of the following side effects, you must stop taking this medicine
and seek immediate medical advice: slow or shallow breathing, confusion, sleepiness, small pupils,
feeling or being sick, constipation, lack of appetite.
Driving and operating machinery
This medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy. Do not drive while
taking this medicine until you know how it affects you.
• It may be offence to drive when taking this medicine.
• However, you would not be committing an offence if the medicine has been taken to treat a medical
or dental problem, and you have taken it according to the information provided with the medicine,
and it was not affecting your ability to drive safely.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this
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