What are Solpadeine Plus Soluble Tablets?
Solpadeine Plus Soluble Tablets are a painkiller which can be used to treat a variety of moderate aches and pains that have not been effectively relieved by other painkillers, such as ibuprofen. It contains the active ingredients codeine, paracetamol and caffeine, which work together to relieve pain. The tablets are dissolved in water which make them easy to administer. If you’re looking for fast and effective pain relief, Solpadeine Plus Soluble Tablets may be the solution for you.
What pain can this product be used for?
Solpadeine Plus can be used for a range of aches and pains all over the body. Some of the most popular uses for Solpadeine include:
- Migraines and headaches
- Strains and sprains
- Rheumatic pain
- Dental pain
- Period pain
This product is effective for pain that has not been relieved by paracetamol or ibuprofen alone.
How can Solpadeine Soluble Tablets help to ease pain?
Solpadeine includes 3 active ingredients:
These ingredients work together to provide effective pain relief that starts working fast.
What is paracetamol?
Paracetamol is a common painkiller that is used to treat common aches and pains, such as headaches and muscle pain, as well as reducing high temperatures. It belongs to a group of medicines known as anaglesics, which are non-opioid drugs that are used to relieve mild, short-term pain. It usually takes around an hour with work unless it is incorporated with caffeine which can speed up it’s effect.
What is codeine?
Codeine is a painkiller that belongs to a group of medicines known as opioid anaglesics. It is used to treat moderate pain, such as after an injury or when typical painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol have not been effective. This medicine works by preventing pain signals from travelling to the brain.
How to use this product
This product is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Adults: take 2 tablets dissolved in a full tumbler of water (200ml), every 4-6 hours as needed.
Do NOT take more frequently than every 4 hours and do NOT take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Children aged 16-18 years: take 1-2 tablets dissolved in a full tumbler of water (200ml) every 6 hours as needed
Do NOT take more frequently than every 6 hours and do NOT take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Children aged 12-15 years: take 1 tablet dissolved in a full tumbler of water (200ml) every 6 hours as needed.
Do NOT take more frequently than every 6 hours and do NOT take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose
- Avoid too much caffeine in drinks such as coffee and tea, as a high caffeine intake can cause difficulty sleeping, shaking and an uncomfortable feeling in the chest
- This medicine should NOT be taken for more than 3 days – if pain persists, seek advice from your GP
Possible withdrawal effect
This product contains codeine which can cause addiction if taken for longer than 3 days and will cause withdrawal symptoms when not used correctly. If you experience any kind of withdrawal symptoms or have taken too much of this medicine, seek immediate advice from your GP.
Can you take Solpadeine Soluble with other medicines?
You should seek advice from your GP or a Chemist4U pharmacist BEFORE taking this product if you are taking any other medicines, especially if you are taking:
- Metoclopramide or domperidone (for nausea and vomiting)
- Cholestyramine (to lower cholesterol)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs – used for depression)
- Blood thinning drugs (anticoagulants, such as warfarin)
When NOT to use this product
Do NOT take this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see ingredients tab for full list) or if you:
- Are taking other medicines containing paracetamol or codeine
- Are under 12 years of age
- Know you metabolise codeine into morphine rapidly
- Are breastfeeding
- For pain relief in children and adolescents (0-18 years of age) after removal of their tonsils or adenoids due to obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
Seek advice from your doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist if you:
- Have liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease
- Have bowel problems including blockage of your bowel
- Have had an operation to remove your gall bladder
- Are pregnant
- Have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars
- If you are on a controlled sodium diet
Like all medicines, Solpadeine can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effect that can be experienced when taking this medicine is constipation.
Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you experience:
- Severe abdominal pain, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting if you have recently had your gall bladder removed
- Nervousness, dizziness, irritability, drowsiness or restlessnesss
- Allergic reactions which may be severe, such as skin rash and itching or swelling of the mouth, face or shortness of breath
- Skin rash or peeling or mouth ulcers, itching or sweating
- Breathing problems
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Upset stomach
- Sudden weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin
- Difficulty urinating
Warnings and precautions
Codeine is transformed into morphine by an enzyme in the liver. Morphine is the substance that provides pain relief. Some people have a variation of this enzyme which can affect people in different ways. Some people will not produce morphine or only produce small quantities of it which may not be sufficient to treat the pain. Other people can experience serious side effects because a very high amount of morphine is produced. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical attention:
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Small pupils
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lack of appetite
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. If is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to drive.
Always read the label BEFORE use.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist-4-U 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.
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Active ingredients: Each effervescent tablet contains Paracetamol 500 mg, Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 8 mg and Caffeine 30 mg.
Other ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, sorbitol powder (E 420), saccharin sodium, sodium lauryl sulfate, citric acid, sodium carbonate, polyvinylpyrrolidone and silicone fluid.
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