Codasolve 8mg/500mg/30mg Effervescent Tablets - 32 Tablets

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What is Codasolve? 

Codasolve Effervescent Tablets contain 8mg of codeine, 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of caffeine. This medicine can be used in patients over 12 years of age for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain which is not relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone. Codasolve can be used to relieve migraine, headache, dental pain, period pain, backache, rheumatic pain, strains and sprains, and sciatica.

What is the recommended dosage? 

Always take Codasolve exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor / Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine. Adults should take one to two tablets dissolved in water, every 4-6 hours when necessary, to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Adolescents aged 16-18 years should take one to two tablets dissolved in water, every 6 hours when necessary, to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours. Children aged 12-15 years should take one tablet dissolved in water, every 6 hours when necessary, to a maximum of 4 tablets in 24 hours. Not recommended for use in children under the age of 12 years old.

How do codeine and paracetamol relieve pain? 

Codeine belongs to a group of medicines called opiates. It affects pain receptors in the central nervous system and the brain to block pain signals to the rest of the body. Paracetamol works by blocking chemical messengers in the brain that tell us we have pain. It also reduces a high temperature by affecting the chemical messengers in an area of your brain that controls body temperature.

Is Codasolve suitable for children? 

Codasolve is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age. It is also not recommended for children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years who have breathing problems.

Is Codasolve suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women? 

Do not take Codasolve if you are breastfeeding, and if you are pregnant, only take Codasolve under the advice of your doctor.  If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, you must ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice before taking any new medicine. 

Does Codasolve cause drowsiness?

Codeine, one of the active ingredients in Codasolve, can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy. Do not drive or use machinery while taking this medicine until you know how it affects you.

When should this product not be used? 

Codasolve may be unsuitable for certain people. Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you are taking or have recently taken any other paracetamol or codeine containing products. This medicine is not recommended in children under the age of 12, or those under 18 who have breathing problems. Do not take this medicine if you know that you metabolise very rapidly codeine into morphine. 

Talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this medicine if you have or have had any of the following: 

  • Severe liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease

  • Bowel problems including blockage of the bowel

  • An operation to remove your gallbladder

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This is particularly important if you are taking blood thinners or medicines for sickness or stomach problems, high cholesterol or depression. 

Are there any side effects? 

Like all medicines, Codasolve may cause side effects in some people, but these won’t affect everybody. Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any of these rare but serious side effects:

  • Any signs of a severe allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face and throat, skin rash, breathing difficulties and/or loss of consciousness.

  • Severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting if you have recently had your gall bladder removed 

  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding

  • Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin

  • Difficulty in urination

Less serious side effects of Codasolve may include: 

  • Constipation

  • Dry mouth

  • Worsening of headache

  • Drowsiness 

  • Itching

  • Sweating

  • Vomiting

If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.

Storage information

Store below 25°C in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.


Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.


Helpful Advice on Medication Restrictions & Addiction

For further information on our medication restrictions policy, please click here.

If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:

NHS Help & Advice on Drug Addiction

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Codasolve 8mg/500mg/30mg Effervescent Tablets - 32 Tablets Reviews

By David L. Williams,
July 12, 2023
Bit expensive but OK
By David L. Williams,
June 14, 2023
Not sure why the 30mg of caffiene leads to such an increase in price

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