- dihydrocodeine tartrate
POM: Prescription only medicine
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PACKAGE LEAFLET - INFORMATION FOR THE USER
CO-DYDRAMOL 10mg/500mg TABLETS
Dihydrocodeine Tartrate and Paracetamol
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist. Do not pass this medicine on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What co-dydramol is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take co-dydramol
3. How to take co-dydramol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store co-dydramol
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT CO-DYDRAMOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg Tablets (called co-dydramol throughout this leaflet).
Co-dydramol contains two different medicines called paracetamol and dihydrocodeine tartrate. It belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics (painkillers) and is used to treat mild to moderate pain.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE CO-DYDRAMOL
Important things you should know about co-dydramol
Do not take co-dydramol and tell your doctor if:
Do not take co-dydramol if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking co-dydramol.
Co-dydramol must not be given to children under 12 years of age.
Warnings and precautions
Take special care and check with your doctor before taking co-dydramol if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Other medicines and co-dydramol
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because co-dydramol and some other medicines can affect the way each other work.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines, or have taken them in the past two weeks:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines:
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking co-dydramol.
Co-dydramol with alcohol
You should not drink alcohol while you are taking these tablets.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking these tablets if:
Driving and using machines
Co-dydramol can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive whilst taking this medicine.
Changing or stopping treatment
Taking co-dydramol for a long time may lead to tolerance and dependence. Do not increase or suddenly stop treatment without discussing this with your doctor.
3. HOW TO TAKE CO-DYDRAMOL
Always take co-dydramol exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and children over 16 years: 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours when necessary up to a maximum of eight tablets in 24 hours. Elderly people may be prescribed a lower dose.
Use in children aged 12 to 15 years: 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours when necessary to a maximum of 4 tablets in 24 hours.
Co-dydramol should not be given to children under 12 years of age.
If you take more co-dydramol than you should
If you forget to take co-dydramol
If you forget to take a dose at the right time, take it as soon as you remember. However do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Remember to leave at least 4 hours between doses.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Important side-effects you should know about co-dydramol
Stop taking co-dydramol and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Talk to your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE CO-DYDRAMOL
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date shown on the pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store your medicine in the original packaging in order to protect from moisture.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Co-dydramol Tablets contain
What Co-dydramol Tablets look like and contents of the pack
Flat bevelled edge white tablets, marked S/8 on one side. They come in cartons of 30 and 100 tablets.
The Marketing Authorisation Holder is:
The Manufacturer is:
This leaflet was updated in June 2019
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