Solpadeine is used for short-term relief of acute moderate pain, which is not relieved by other painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen alone. These capsules can be used for pains such as migraine, dental pain, strains, sprains, backache, arthritic and sciatica.
This medicine is used if you need fast acting pain relief, due to its additional caffeine and codeine, there is a higher content of painkiller and therefore will target pain directly and effectively. It is said to work 2 times faster than paracetamol alone.
Paracetamol is a painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain and fever. It is thought to work by reducing the production of prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord. Paracetamol increases the pain threshold.
Codeine is a slightly stronger painkiller known as an opioid. Opioid painkillers work by mimicking the action of natural pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins. Codeine therefore blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain.
Yes, you can buy certain pack sizes and doses over the counter in the UK. You don’t need a prescription to buy this dose, but a pharmacist will need to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for you.
Codeine can be very addictive if it is not taken exactly how your doctor has prescribed do to. Once you have finished taking Solpadeine, you may suffer withdrawal symptoms. If you feel like you may be having these symptoms then speak to your doctor.
Possible withdrawal symptoms:
Some people may have side effects when using this medicine. If you have any unwanted side effects, you should seek advice from your doctor. You may experience constipation when using this product.
Stop taking this medicine immediately if you experience:
For dosage information for children, see the patient information leaflet that you receive with this medicine. Do not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not use this medicine after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the pack. Store below 30 degrees.
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