- codeine phosphate
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Boots Paracetamol and Codeine Effervescent Tablets (Co-Codamol)
Information for the user
Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol & Codeine Effervescent Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to take it carefully to get the best results from it.
What this medicine is for
This medicine can be used for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain such as headache, migraine, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, toothache and period pain that is not relieved by aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol alone.
This medicine contains Codeine. Codeine belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics which act to relieve pain.
This codeine-containing medicine can be used in adults and children aged 12 years and over.
This medicine also contains Paracetamol. Paracetamol, an analgesic, acts to relieve pain.
Before you take this medicine
This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 12 years and over. However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
Do not take:
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
Other important information
Driving and using machines: This medicine can affect your ability to drive or use machines as it may make you feel sleepy or dizzy.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
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.
Use in children and adolescents after surgery: Codeine should not be used for pain relief in children and adolescents after removal of their tonsils or adenoids due to obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome.
Use in children with breathing problems: Codeine is not recommended in children with breathing problems, since the symptoms of morphine toxicity may be worse in these children.
Breastfeeding: Do not take codeine while you are breastfeeding. Codeine and morphine passes into breast milk.
If you take other medicines
This medicine contains paracetamol.
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Before you take these tablets, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:
If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
How to take this medicine
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that tablet.
Dissolve the tablets in a glass of water and then drink the solution.
Adults over 18 years: Two tablets dissolved in water every 4 hours, if you need to, up to 4 times in 24 hours. Don’t take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Children aged 16 to 18 years: One or two tablets dissolved in water every 6 hours, if you need to, up to 4 times in 24 hours. Don’t take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours
Children aged 12 to 15 years: One tablet dissolved in water every 6 hours, if you need to, up to 4 times in 24 hours. Don’t take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.
Don't take more often than every 4 hours
Do not take for more than 3 days. If you need to use this medicine for more than 3 days you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not give to children under 12 years, due to the risk of severe breathing problems.
Do not take more than the amount recommended in the table.
If you do not get better, talk to your doctor.
If you take too many tablets:
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this medicine even if you feel well. This is because too much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver damage. Go to your nearest hospital casualty department. Take your medicine and the leaflet with you.
Possible withdrawal effects when stopping treatment
This medicine contains codeine and can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. When you stop taking it you may get withdrawal symptoms. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some people may have side effects when taking this medicine. If you have any unwanted side effects you should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the tablets. See a doctor at once:
If you get any of the following side effects see your pharmacist or doctor:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. 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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How do I know if I am addicted?
If you take the 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 doctor:
How to store this medicine
Store in the original package to help protect from moisture.
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.
Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.
What is in this medicine
Each effervescent tablet contains Codeine Phosphate 8 mg, Paracetamol 500 mg which are the active ingredients.
As well as the active ingredients, the tablets also contain sodium bicarbonate, citric acid anhydrous, sodium carbonate, sorbitol (E420), saccharin sodium, povidone, dimeticone, sodium laurilsulfate.
This pack contains 32 flat white tablets with bevelled edges.
Who makes this medicine
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Leaflet prepared October 2020
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