Co-codamol 8/500mg is a medication commonly used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains two active ingredients, codeine phosphate (8mg) and paracetamol (500mg), which work together to provide effective pain relief.
- Dosage: Adults and children over 12 years old can take one or two tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Do not exceed 8 tablets in a 24-hour period.
- Administration: Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew them.
- Duration: Use this medication for the shortest duration necessary to control your pain.
- The Elderly: If you are elderly, have liver or kidney problems, or are under 12 years old, consult a healthcare professional for appropriate dosing instructions.
- Each Co-codamol 8/500mg tablet contains:
- Codeine Phosphate (8mg)
- Paracetamol (500mg)
- Do Not Exceed Recommended Dosage: Taking more than the recommended dose can lead to serious liver damage or overdose. If you suspect an overdose, seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel well, as symptoms may not be immediately apparent.
- Liver Function: Avoid alcohol consumption while taking Co-codamol, as it can increase the risk of liver damage. If you have a history of liver disease or regularly consume alcohol, consult your GP before using this medication.
- Allergies: Inform your GP if you are allergic to codeine, paracetamol, or any other medications. Seek immediate medical help if you experience signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
- Dependency and Tolerance: Prolonged or excessive use of Co-codamol may lead to tolerance, dependency, and addiction. Consult a healthcare professional for guidance on managing your pain and avoiding dependency.
- Driving and Machinery: Co-codamol may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in activities that require mental alertness until you know how this medication affects you.
- Other Medicines: Inform your GP about all medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, as they may interact with Co-codamol.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Consult a healthcare professional before using Co-codamol if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
- Storage: Keep Co-codamol in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. Follow any specific storage instructions on the packaging.
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