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Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500

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Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500 contains two different medicines called codeine phosphate and paracetamol. It belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics or painkillers and is used to treat severe pain.

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Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500 contains two active ingredients, paracetamol and codeine phosphate. The combination of the two active ingredients is effective at relieving severe pain.

What does Paracetamol do?

Paracetamol is a simple painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Paracetamol increases our pain threshold, so that although the cause of the pain remains, we can feel it less.

What does Codeine do?

Codeine is a stronger painkiller known as an opioid. Opioid painkillers work by mimicking the action of naturally occurring pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are found in the brain and spinal cord and reduce pain by combining with opioid receptors. Therefore, even though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.

Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500: Always take co-codamol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

  • Do not take more than the recommended dose
  • Do not take for longer than your doctor tells you to

Adults and children over 12:

  • The usual dose of co-codamol is 2, taken together
  • Wait at least 4 hours before taking another dose
  • Do not take more than 8 in any 24-hour period
  • Elderly people may be prescribed a lower dose


  • Co-codamol should not be given to children under 12 years of age.

Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500: Important things you should know about co-codamol

  • Do not take for longer than your doctor tells you to
  • Taking codeine regularly for a long time can lead to addiction, which might cause you to feel restless and irritable when you stop the tablets
  • Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse

Do not take co-codamol and tell your doctor if:

  • You are allergic (hypersensitive) to codeine, paracetamol or any of the other ingredients in your medicine. Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash and breathing problems. There can also be swelling of the legs, arms, face, throat or tongue
  • You have severe asthma attacks or severe breathing problems
  • You have recently had a head injury
  • You have been told by your doctor that you have increased pressure in your head. Signs of this include: headaches, being sick (vomiting) and blurred vision
  • You have recently had an operation on your liver, gallbladder or bile duct (biliary tract)
  • You are an alcoholic

Take special care and check with your doctor before taking co-codamol if:

  • You have severe kidney or liver problems
  • You have problems passing water or prostate problems
  • You have a bowel problem such as colitis or Crohn’s disease or a blockage of your bowel
  • You are elderly

Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500: As with all medicines, co-codamol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:

Important side-effects you should know about co-codamol:

  • Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.
  • Taking codeine regularly for a long time can lead to addiction, which might cause you to feel restless and irritable when you stop the tablets

Stop taking co-codamol and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:

You get swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You could also notice an itchy, lumpy rash (hives) or nettle rash (urticaria)

This may mean you are having an allergic reaction to co-codamol

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:

  • Constipation
  • Feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting)
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, drowsiness, confusion
  • Difficulty in passing water
  • Becoming dependent on codeine

If any of the side effects gets serious, lasts longer than a few days or you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500:

  • The active substances of Co-codamol 30/500 are codeine phosphate and paracetamol.
  • Each tablet contains 30mg of codeine phosphate and 500mg of paracetamol
  • The other ingredients are sodium bicarbonate, anhydrous citric acid, anhydrous sodium carbonate, sorbitol powder, saccharin sodium, povidone, dimeticone and sodium lauryl sulphate
Co-Codamol Capsule 30/500
5 stars

These were smashing when I had neuralgia. Shame you need a prescription to get them though, but guess its for the best. Thanks. T

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