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      03.03.2014 15:31
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      It dulls pain to a bearable state

      I like to think I have quite a high pain threshold. On the occasions I am suffering from a headache or similar I will often just drink lots of water and have an early night - I'm not against taking pain relievers, I just try to manage without them. However, a few months ago I damaged my coccyx, and I have never experienced pain like it! After a trip to a & e it was confirmed that I had a fracture to it, but there is no cure available to help heal the injury - it's just a case of putting up with the pain until it eases.

      Normal paracetomol seemed ineffective, so I visited my local Boots to find out what the strongest painkiller they could give me was, without prescription. They recommended their paracetamol & codeine, which I started taking immediately.

      The box gives clear instructions as to how and when to take the medicine, and comes with the usual warning of possible side effects (I didn't experience any), and ingredients. I took them at the exact intervals recommended on the packaging. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how effective they were as I was still experiencing a great deal of pain - but that unbearable edge had been taken away so the obviously worked in some way. There is a warning on the box to not take the medicine for more than 3 consecutive days as codeine can lead to addiction. I don't recommended going against medical instructions but I personally took these for approximately 9 days and suffered no consequences at all when i stopped. I think the knowledge alone helps too - to know that you are taking a strong medicine probably helps psychologically a little too!

      The tablets cost me about £4 for a pack of 16. It sounds rather expensive, but to be honest I didn't mind if it meant the pain would subside a little. They were small-average sized pills with a neutral taste, and slipped down easily with water.

      If you are wanting something stronger than the average paracetamol to remove that acuteness away from pain then this is a good idea to help relieve you for a few days


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      06.08.2013 18:54
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      Still one of the better methods of pain relief for me

      Apparently it is very easy to become addicted to the pain reliever, Codeine. I only ever use codeine based pain relief for when I have very sever pain as I have also read a few articles about how people can become unknowingly and very easily addicted to this medication. I can only buy these Boots own brand caplets from over the counter at Boots pharmacy and thankfully they are not available for general purpose on the shelf in Boots. These tablets come in the form of Extra strength (which I also buy) and these 'general' strength ones. I use both types.

      As I don't buy them very often, I sort of resent the fact that I am given what feels like the third degree every time I go into Boots and ask for a box from the counter assistant. I realise she is only doing her job but it still annoys me and as I have only just bought a box this afternoon again, it's still fresh in my mind.

      I buy these pain relief tablets for whenever my sciatica plays up, as it is now. I don't suffer from it very often, but whenever I do, I find that aspirin and paracetamol won't touch the pain and I need something stronger. I take these caplets from Boots as they have a dual action of both paracetamol and codeine which act together to get to the root of pain very fast and they also keep pain away fro longer than taking paracetamol on it's own. Unfortunately, the downside for me is that these can make me very sleepy so I try to take then only if I know I am staying indoors and certainly not if I have a busy day ahead of me or I am about to drive the car.

      The caplets come in a shiny silver coloured cardboard box and inside there are 32 individual little white oval shaped caplets. They are easy to swallow due to their shape and they act much quicker than paracetamol on its own. I also have used Boots own brand Paracetamol and Codeine Extra tablets and whilst those make me less sleepy than these ones do, they both work equally as well as each other in terms of getting to my pain fast and effectively.

      I usually find than within about ten minutes I can feel some relief of my pain. For me personally they work even on stronger pain, though I know that some people say they only work well for mild to moderate pain, I actually disagree.

      They make me sleepy as quickly as they dull the pain and I usually find that I prefer to take this method of painkillers before bed as they ensure a good night's sleep alongside a pain free night. I take two tables with water and I usually have to repeat approximately six hours later.

      For me personally they cause no adverse effects and though I try not to take them very often, I can understand why some people may become quickly reliant on these for pain as they do work much better and much more quickly than plain old paracetamol. They are extremely effective and though pricey at £2.75 a box, they are still a painkiller I would recommend for emergencies.


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        23.06.2013 10:52
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        Great tablets for me

        When I was pregnant with my second child I had a lot of hip and back pain so was prescribed Co-codamol which is a mix of Paracetamol and codeine, I found they worked really well and then near the end of my pregnancy I was told that they were stopping prescribing the tablets. I changed tablets but found that nothing worked quite as well as the Co-codamol and I am unable to take codeine on it's own so separate tablets are not an option. I still have a lot of back pain from the pregnancy even though my daughter is nearly 3 so when I saw these tablets in Boots a few months ago I presumed they would be similar to what I had previously and bought a packet to try.

        This particular product is Boots own so you can only buy it from there, they comes in tablets or caplets but I personally chose the caplets so that my husband could try them too as he is not good with tablets. The tablets form costs £1.75 for 32 tablets and the caplets costs £2.50 for 32 caplets which I think is a decent price for how well they work.

        The caplets come in a cardboard box which have the name of the maker and the product on the front, you are told that the tablets are dual action and there are 32 in the box which is a shiny silver colour. On the back you get the ingredient information and how much to take which for an adult is 1-2 tablets every 4 hours but taking no more than 8 tablets in a 24 hour period, you are only supposed to use these tablets for 3 consecutive days without consulting a doctor. A child over 6 can take these tablets but I have never used them on a child so cannot comment on this.

        The tablets are easy to push out of their pack and work in the usual way of you push on the front of the plastic packet and the tablet will pop through the foil on the back of it. The tablets are white in colour and a sort of stretched out oval shape making them easy to swallow, I find them very easy to swallow but then I don't have a difficulty with tablets anyway.

        I found that the tablets are very quick working and one dose is generally enough to take away the majority of my back pain, I very rarely have to take a second dose. My back gets worse as I get through the working week at work and I find that I generally only need these tablets once or twice a week.

        I recommend these tablets they are fast working and considering how well they work the price is worth it for me personally, I would say that you should be careful with tablets like this as it is all too easy to become addicted.


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          09.05.2013 12:46
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          • " quickly"
          • "Work on alot of ailments"
          • "Easy to take"


          • "Don't always work!"
          • Pricey

          A good painkiller for period pains, headaches and even migraines!

          I suffer with terrible headaches/migraines and back pain and so I like to always have some sort of paracetamol type of product in my bathroom cabinet just in case.

          I bought a large box of these which contains 32 of the caplets in it and cost me £2.49 which I didn't think was too bad a price as I was out at the time and really suffering with back pain and needed something to try help it immediately.

          The Packaging:
          he box is silver in colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that we can only take these for 3 consecutive days and that they are 'Dual Action' and 'Easy To Swallow' and the amount of caplets in the box is stated then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told what they can be used for, dosage advice is given along with lots of cautions and warnings, the ingredients are listed and contact details for Boots are given then inside the box you get white plastic trays backed with silver foil on them and there is a leaflet in the box giving yet more information about the caplets.

          The Caplets:

          White in colour and long in shape, these are easy to take and these are suitable to take for for the short term treatment of acute moderate pains such as headaches, period pain, neuralgia, toothache and rheumatic pains. Children can take these from the age of 6 years old and clear dosage advice is given for this and for adults (like me!) you can take one or two of these every 4 hours with no more to be taken in a 24 hour period than 8 caplets and you really shouldn't use these for more than 3 days as they are meant to be highly addictive and if you can't get rid of a pain in 3 days yourself you should see a Doctor!

          Each caplet contains Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 8mg and Paracetamol in a dose of 500mg so strong in medication this is and since buying them I have taken these for several issues I have suffered with. I take these for bad migraines, period pains and back aches and I have to say that I have found these pretty useful. They are quick and effective at combating headaches and migraines and although I don't find them to completely eradicate back pain they do easily and very quickly get rid of period pains and cramps and the suchlike but then I have to be fair nothing really gets rid of my acute back pain but injections into my spine from the Doctor.

          These are easy enough to take with a big glug of liquid and are pretty effective for most things and for that reason I do recommend them though I do recognise that these are more pricey than alot of tablets/caplets on the market.

          Only available from Boots stores.

          This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.


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          02.04.2013 14:59
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          Good for short term pain relief

          I've suffered from Sciatica for about 10 years now, when it first kicked in, it was quite unbearable and I tried different things to ease it such as Physio, Acupuncture (not good if you're scared of needles!), TENS machines (was too scared to actually turn it on!), yoga, heat packs etc. Some things worked better than others. I found physio and yoga to be the most helpful long term but in the short term, when it's really very bad, I take painkillers.

          I have in the past taken the stronger Codeine/ Paracetamol tablets from the doctor, the 30/500 ones but I became addicted to these, only mildly I'd say as I did get myself off them without any help. I used to take one every night before bed without fail but I started suffering badly from a constant upset tummy. Eventually I stopped getting more from the doctor (I sort of think now, he shouldn't have been giving me so many for so long) and downgraded to these ones instead. I find these are easier to handle as the codeine isn't as strong but they still offer some pain relief.

          ** The Product **

          The tablets that I'm reviewing now are Boots own brand Paracetamol with Codeine, 8/500 - this means for every 500mg of Paracetamol, there is 8gm of Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate. These are in caplet form and come in a box of 32 for £2.49.

          Now as I've had these tablets for ages, I don't have the box anymore but I am fairly certain it's not silver, I think it used to be but now it's red. However on the Boots website and on here it shows it as silver. Hmmm. Next time I'm in Boots, I will double check this and update the review to confirm. These tablets end up in my handbag, bedside cabinet etc. so I don't actually keep the box for very long.

          Anyway the box has Paracetamol & Codeine Caplets written on plus a little image of two caplet tablets, health warnings about addiction, on the back is information and dosage etc. You can buy these tablets over the counter, no prescription is required however you do have to buy them from the Pharmacy section.

          Inside the box are 4 blister packets with 8 tablets in each. Although these are caplets and therefore easier to swallow, they are quite big. My mum won't even try to take these unless they've been broken up. The blister packet has the Boots logo and address on and also what the tablets are.

          These tablets are available in a round tablet too but I can't swallow them unless I break them in half so I prefer just to buy these ones. They do have a bit of a chalky taste if you keep them in your mouth too long, yuck.

          ** How they work for me **

          If I take two of these tablets, I tend to feel slightly woozy for a while. If I only take one, which I do usually, I don't feel any kind of wooziness. My mum can take two of these and they literally knock her out for hours. If I take these tablets on an empty stomach, they make me feel sick so I try to always take them when I've just eaten.

          I start to feel a bit of relief after maybe 20 minutes and it does last for a couple of hours. I tend to take them at bedtime to help ease the pain enough so I can sleep or if I'm going on a long walk with the dogs.

          ** Dosage Info **

          Adult and children over 12 years old take two of these every four to six hours but no more than eight caplets in 24 hours.

          Children 6 to 11 years old can take half to one tablet every four to six hours but no more than 4 caplets in 24 hours.

          Must not be given to children under 6 years old.

          ** Summary **

          I would recommend these as a short term pain relief; they are good value for money when you compare them to the branded alternatives.


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          21.08.2012 19:15
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          Fast acting pain relief.

          '''This is a review of both the caplets and the tablets. Boots also offers this product in the form of capsules but as the capsules are made with gelatine and I'm a vegetarian, I have never tried them.'''

          Recently, while I was in London, I was attending training for a job I was in the process of applying for. I wanted to make a good impression on my potential employers so I dressed smartly for the occasion. This involved wearing a pair of brand new dress shoes. As I was 325 miles away from home and staying in a hostel, I had decided to pack light and not bring anything worth stealing, and therefore only had one pair of shoes. After two days of walking, through much of Stratford on day one which is where my training was (I had trouble finding the right building) and walking around Hyde Park the following day as it was adjacent to my hostel, in brand new shoes that hadn't been worn in I got blisters on my feet. On day three I woke up with blisters on my feet but having never had a blister before in my life I was unaware that that's why I was in agony every time I walked. After a few days of agony I decided to go to Boots and get something to treat it. The very helpful chemist gave me some cream and suggested I stayed off my feet for a while (which was fine as training was over and I was now just on holiday) but also gave me these pills for the pain. It was £2.49 for a box of 32 caplets and it was well worth it. I had taken all 32 by the time I had to go home but I was pain free for the rest of my trip.

          A week after returning home, I was struck down with the flu. I became ill on Sunday 3rd June and was due in court (as a witness, nothing else - I'm a model citizen) on Wednesday 6th June so, knowing that the courts dislike it if you don't show up without good cause, I did my best to rid myself of the symptoms. As well as having a sore throat and upset stomach, my entire body was in agony, so I put myself on a regime of pain killers, antibiotics and cough medicine to try and improve my condition. Again, the painkillers worked very well but unfortunately I wasn't well enough to attend court (I had a doctors note, don't worry). This time, it was a box of 32 tablets I bought and the cost me £1.79 from Boots in Lanark.

          As these drugs were very effective on both of these occasions, I've decided to keep at least two boxes of Paracetamol and Codeine in the house at all times as I often suffer from headaches and toothache (the latter stemming from my fear of dentists). I have really needed them the past few weeks as I just moved house, which is a massive headache in itself, but my neighbours are the major cause of all my headaches. Any normal heterosexual couple would be having sex once a month but no they have to do it almost nightly, at 2am, directly above me (I live in a flat). The female up there likes to do a lot of moaning, which I think is just to taunt me as I'm sure they're trying to rub it in my nose that they're getting it regular and I'm getting nothing. It's very loud and if I'm not already up, I'm often woken up. Sleepless nights are a b*tch and leave you with a headache all day (but at least I'm getting this review written). I have a feeling I'm going to need to take a few tomorrow morning. They've just started hoovering at 03:25.

          Overall, this formulation is rather effective in eliminating pain. Now let's get into some specific criteria for the drugs, rather than continue wittering on about why I've needed them.

          ==Value for Money==
          At £1.79 for 32 tablets, I think these are quite reasonably priced as they are very effective. £2.49 for 32 caplets seems a bit much in comparison to the price for tablets but then I see little difference between the two. 32 tablets will last you four days on the highest dosage and the most amount of time you're recommended to take them for is three days so you'll probable have plenty left over for the future.

          ==Side Effects==
          Codeine is an opiate. It's chemical name is '''3-metylmorphine''' indicating it is a isomer of methylated morphine and as we all know, products containing morphine are addictive. I don't think I've developed any sort of dependency or addiction to these drugs. I do take them often but usually just one or two every day or two, maybe three times a day when my headaches are at their worst. However, it is strongly recommended you don't take them regularly for more than three days as addiction is highly likely. If I had a persistent headache that lasted more than three days I'd definitely go to the doctor. The only thing I wouldn't seek help with is toothache but I take reasonably good care of my teeth so haven't had a reason to visit the evil man, who stuck four needles in my gums and yanked out two of my teeth just so I could go through the ordeal of having braces put on the others, in years.

          As with all pharmaceuticals, there are side effects to watch out for. I have not experienced any, but the leaflet lists all the possible symptoms you have a chance of developing when you take these pills. I, of course, read the leaflets before I take any drugs, even ones prescribed by the doctor, but I don't usually keep them so I can't tell you what all the side effects are. I do remember you have something like a 1 in 100,000 chance (possibly 1 in 1,000,000) of becoming comatose which I've noticed on a number of such leaflets now and always chuckle at - something designed to make you better could end up leaving you a vegetable.

          One thing I have noticed is I can be a little drowsy after taking these but it passes quickly.

          These pills have always been very effective although unfortunately they do not kick in immediately. It can take up to an hour for the pain to dissipate, depending on how severe the pain is. Usually, though, it's gone in half an hour which is quite reasonable, I think. Overall, they are very effective once they've kicked in. When I'm taking them for really bad pains, I usually don't need to take them as often as I would normal paracetamol or ibuprofen.

          ==Ease of Use (Swallowing)==
          I, personally have no preference over caplets or tablets when it comes to ease of swallowing. In fact, I've had to take between six and eight different pills at a time before when I had a virus and iron deficiency at the same time and I prefer it if they're all tablets as they are much easier to take all in one go. Some pills I can swallow without a drink, but these are a little too chalky and so I've always needed to wash them down with something. With a little water, though, they are easy enough to swallow. One thing I do dislike is the fact that the tablets seem to dissolve on the tongue more readily than the caplets and the taste is quite awful.

          The packaging on the tablets is rather minimal - a white background with red text. The product name is embossed on the packaging in a Braille, making it suitable for the blind. The protective foil is rather difficult to break through and this usually results in me breaking the tablets while trying to push them out. It's slightly easier with the caplets although they do still break in half more often than I'd like. If you break the seal with a nail first, though, then push the tablet or caplet through, breakages can be avoided. I'm a bit peculiar though, and I don't like things to break even when they'll shortly be dissolved in my stomach acid. There's absolutely no difference between taking two halves of a tablet and a full tablet.

          A good product. Keeps pain at bay for a decent length of time and is certainly effective against severe pains. I would definitely recommend it, in either form.

          Available in most Boots Chemists, in packs of 16 or 32, and bottles of 100 if they are prescribed by a doctor. Be aware that because these contain paracetamol you will not be sold more than 32 at a time without a prescription.

          Despite their benefits, these drugs can be dangerous as with all medication.

          *Do not take more than 1000mg (two tablets) every 4 hours
          *Do not take more than 4000mg (eight tablets) within any 24 hour period
          *In the case of an overdose or if systems persist, seek immediate medical attention

          *Never take more than the recommended dose
          *Codeine is an opiate. Using this drug for more than three days can cause addiction and dependency
          *Do not take with alcohol
          *In the case of an overdose, if you consume alcohol whilst on codeine, or if systems persist, seek immediate medical attention

          Pregnant women should seek medical advice before taking any medications.


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          22.07.2012 14:46



          a cheap alternative to a branded product

          This is a fairly recent product produced by boots and I think it was a great ideal, the branded equivalent of solpadeine is stupidly expensive. Boots offers exactly the same tablets but in different, and arguably more attractive packaging. Not many people seem to realise the medication is exactly the same, the public's loyalty to brands of medicines constantly fascinates me. Codeine is a fantastic product to be available over-the-counter in the UK, and for me personally provides huge amount of relief when suffering from migraine pains. Personally I find these tablets have a adequately quick onset of action, about 20 minutes, ideal for any circumstances where these tablets would be taken in the first place. Another major possitive of this product is the extensive warnings in the product leaflet about the damages of codeine addiction and advise about avoiding consumption of more then 3 continous days. Codeine does make me feel very sleepy and slightly sickie, however it would be wrong of me for to critic the product in question over this. The nausea and tiredness is my personal side-effect to the codeine and is not at all related to the product. Although the outter packaging of the tablets is very professional and informative, the inner packaging is lacking. I find the actual blister packs can be very stiff and tablets can be difficult to pop out. Then even when you can eventual pop the tablets out they are often damaged- chipped or crushed. This damage to the tablets protective seal means that when you are taking the tablet the potent vile taste of the drug can actually be tasted in the mouth, something the protective seal was actively engaged in stopping. Overall I think this a great product and should be an essential in any family first aid kit.


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          04.03.2012 14:42
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          Paracetamol and codeine capsules for stronger pain relief

          Codeine isn't a drug to mess around with. I always get asked "have you taken codeine before" when i purchase this from the pharmacy counter in Boots.

          Paracetamol and Codeine tablets:

          When i was a teenager I struggled with migranes, headaches, period pains, growing pains and the list goes on.
          I was taking paracetamol tablets daily for something or other that hurt.
          After a year or so, I noticed that paracetamol wasn't working for me at all and the headaches were getting worse.
          I went to the doctor who told me I had possibly made my body immune to paracetamol due to taking it too often.
          Tablets shouldn't be your first option when it comes to pain.
          You should always look for other ways to cure pains before resorting to medicines.
          I always try to go for walks, take a nap, put heat or cold onto the pain and if nothing works, then the tablets are taken.

          Paracetamol mixed with Codeine is a much stronger pain reliever which is why it is over the counter and cannot just be picked up without someone giving you a little advice on them first.
          I used to take the effervescent tablets which disolve into water purely because they get to the blood stream quicker than a tablet.
          The taste was that awful I couldn't take those anymore, so went back to the general tablets.

          The tablets are not suitable for children under 12.
          I would suggest giving children just paracetamol or ibuprofen if they ill.

          This mixture of different drugs are the perfect cure for headaches and other pains you may endure.
          They contain 30mg of caffeine, 8mg of codeine phosphate and 500mg of Paracetamol.
          I have been given co-codamol which is a much stronger version of these tablets.
          I don't like to use them very much just incase I become immune to those too.

          With these tablets, you are told not to take them for more than 3 days.
          If your pain persists and the effects from these tablets haven't worked, you need to see a doctor.
          You shouldn't take these tablets with any other paracetamol based tablets otherwise you will overdose.

          The capsules are red and yellow with the medicine inside. The basic point to a capsule is they will disolve much quicker
          when swallowed which will release the powder medicine which is encased inside. Whatever you do, do not take the
          casing off and pour out the powder into water. If you want disolvable tablets, you can purchase those separately.

          The tablets have been found to be addictive which is why it is stated to only take in 3 day periods.
          If I feel a headache coming on, I don't need to take them for 3 days.
          I usually take 1 or two doses in the day and it will be gone much quicker than it would have with any other medicine I've used.

          I highly rate these as pain relief as going to the doctors, you might be told to take something similar and pay much more on the prescription.

          Prices and Quantity:
          When purchasing these tablets, they come in packs of 32.
          You can buy the capsules for £4.09 or the Effervescent ones for £4.39.
          You will need to take 2 capsules or two disolvables at a time.

          thankyou for reading my review.



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            16.02.2012 23:46
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            I use them as a last resort

            Just before xmas I started to get some really bad headaches that normal tablets did not help with and these were recommended to me by a friend and they wer very effective at eleviating the pain. In the end I put the headaches down to consuming too much coffee and so I cut it out completely for a few weeks and replaced it with green tea and now the headaches are a thing of the past.

            The combination of paracetomol and codeine provides welcome relief from a host of different aches and pains, I have only used them to relieve head aches but they can also be used if you have back ache or other indidents of localised pain, naturally the fact that they contain a small amount of codeine means that they are not suitable for everyone as this is effectively an opiate. For that reason these are something I only take when I have quite strong pain as they are not something I would want to take on a regular basis.

            You should take two tablets at a time and they are nice and easy to swallow even though there is no outer coating, you should take additional tablets after 4-6 hours and the maximum dosage in a 24 hour period is eight tablets. They can be taken by children but at lower doses however personally these are not something I would give to my child even when they are old enough and I do make sure they are kept secure and at a height, well away from prying hands.

            I do find them to be fast acting and they certainly provided pain relief when I was suffering from the headaches. I have not used them in connection with any other pain relief needs and there are a medicine that you have to treat with respect and take sparingly and only when a real need arises.

            These cost £2.30 in my local Boots and have a mix of Paracetamol and Codeine but then again that is pretty obvious from the product name. There are 32 tablets in a packet and there is 500mg of paracetomol in each tablet and 8mg of codeine. You do not need a prescription for these tablets but they are stored behind the pharmacy counter so you do have to ask for them, I guess because of the codeine. in them.


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            13.02.2012 19:42
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            A strong painkiller for those times when a simple paracetamol or ibuprofen just won't do.

            There are times in life when you find yourself suffering from pain, and you know that a bog standard painkiller just won't do the trick. For me there is only one place to turn in these cases, and that is to the Boots Own Brand Paracetamol And Codeine Caplets.

            This particular painkiller is available in packets of 32, which cost £2.25 and are available without a prescription, but you will have to ask one of the healthcare assistants at the pharmacy. The active ingredients are the usual 500mg of Paracetamol and also 8mg of Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate. The packaging is a very simple grey box, with the name of the product on the front as well as a neat little graphic featuring a couple of tablets which look like they are exploding. (Well they do to me anyway!) The reverse has the usual dosage instructions as well as some basic need to know information about the medicine, however this is no substitute to reading the leaflet inside, and this should be done before first taking the medicine.

            Now a word of warning here, Codeine is one of a group of substances known as opiates, and as such is in the same family of drugs as morphine and heroin and it is a fact that a small portion of the codeine taken will be metabolised by your liver into morphine. As such this can be an addictive drug, and care must be taken when using this medicine. It is not advisable to take it for longer than 3 days unless under the supervision of a medical professional. It is also a controlled substance at higher doses, and is sometimes used by heroin addicts, so I am not over-exaggerating the need for care here. Codeine has several medical applications, ranging from cough suppression right through to being an anti-diarrhoea remedy. However in this particular medicine, it works through a process known as drug synergy, meaning that the combined painkilling effect of the two drugs combined is more than could have been managed by each one individually.

            The product itself comes in four foil sheets of 8 caplets each, however it should be noted that removing a caplet from the foil is actually quite difficult! If you are feeling fine, you shouldn't have too many issues with a bit of effort, however if you try and take them when aching all over with flu (OK man flu before anyone says anything!), which I have on occasion, it is a real struggle. The dosage for these is two caplets every 4 to 6 hours with a maximum of 8 caplets a day for adults and children aged over 12, and one caplet every 4 to 6 hours with a maximum of 4 caplets a day for children aged between 6 and 11. They are not recommended for use by children under the age of 6, unless under medical supervision. They are also obviously not to be used in conjunction with any other paracetamol-based medicines.

            As for taking these tablets, it should be said that being caplets, they are shaped to slide down easily. However they are not sugar coated in any way, giving them a slightly coarse chalky texture, and if you are suffering from a sore throat, make taking them rather unpleasant. This is because the codeine used to be easier to store in the sugar coating, but druggies learned of this fact and were found to be buying this type of medicine and just biting off the sugar coating, hence the design was changed. They do start to dissolve quite quickly in the mouth, so you do need to be quite quick about swallowing them, as the taste is the usual chalky and slightly bitter tablet taste that you get from most paracetamol tablets.

            So down to the most important question and that is just how effective are they at killing pain? Well I have found these to be a superb option for those times when you are feeling particularly unwell, either with bad muscular pain, or during particularly bad colds and flu's. Due to the potency of the codeine, I wouldn't recommend them for just mild pain, when a standard paracetamol or ibuprofen would do the trick. In addition, and I can vouch for this, they are not really recommended for headaches, as many painkillers can make headaches worse, and these are no exception. I do find these can make you feel a little drowsy, especially if taken on an empty stomach, so this is also something to bear in mind, and the same thing will happen if you drink alcohol whilst taking them.

            So to sum these Boots Paracetamol and Codeine caplets up, I would say that they are definitely to be recommended for moderate pain that is not severe enough to warrant medical attention, but in need of some control. As with any drug, care should be taken at all times, and the leaflet should be read before hand, and if you are sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients, then obviously it is one to avoid. That being said, for the majority of sensible people, these caplets would make a useful addition to a medicine cabinet, albeit not one which will be whipped out too often.

            Thanks for reading this review and it may also appear on Ciao under my same username.


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              17.08.2011 09:55
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              A fantastic painkiller from Boots.

              === The product ===

              Caplets containing 8mg Codeine & 500ml Paracetamol which are designed to be easy to swallow.

              === The packaging ===

              These caplets come provided in blister packs of 8 which are contained within a cardboard box. The box and the leaflet inside show all the usual information about dosage, ingredients, allergy advice and possible side effects. The packaging is fairly simple and makes it clear, like all codeine products, that this should only be used for a maximum of 3 days in a row due to it's addictive qualities.

              === Dosage guidelines ===

              Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and older: Swallow 1 or 2 tablets with water, then if necessary take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours. Do not exceed 8 caplets in 24 hours. Children under 12 may take half to one caplet every 4-6 hours. Do not exceed 4 caplets in 24 hours.

              === Where can I buy these and for how much? ===

              These tablets can be purchased in Boots stores or at www.boots.co.uk with a packet of 32 caplets currently costing just £2.05. Please note that if you get these delivered you will need to be at home to sign for the delivery.

              === My experience ===

              I first began using these while recovering from a broken wrist. I would find that after the first few days, where I used a Nurofen brand product, that I still had occasional pain that I wanted to treat with something strong. This was when I shopped around and found that these were pretty good value for money for a caplet containing codeine.

              I was taking these tablets on an occasional basis and was taking 1 or 2 tablets some days and 0 tablets other days depending on my level of pain. Where possible I tried to use paracetamol or ibuprofen on their own and if that didn't take off the edge within the 4 hours I would try these instead for a stronger painkilling hit.

              Within just 30 minutes of taking one or two of these caplets I would find that my pain would lessen to a far more manageable point. These caplets didn't completely remove the pain but then nothing I tried did in the first few weeks of breaking my wrist and I think it is just one of those things really that you have to try and get on with as much as possible.

              === Overall opinion ===

              These tablets were very easy to swallow, they went down my throat nicely with a cold drink and I didn't have any problems with them getting stuck in my throat or anything like that. The caplets didn't have a nasty aftertaste to them either which is always good.

              I was pleased with the quality of these caplets, they were well designed & they were easy to remove from the packaging. Because they came in strips of 8 I was able to ensure that I limited myself per day and did not accidentally take more than the stated dose.

              I would firmly recommend these caplets as the pain that I was suffering was excruciating at times and made me cry on several occasions. I felt that this pain was significantly reduced when using a product containing codeine and I have since used them twice when suffering from tooth ache with very satisfying results.

              These are a very decent price and they work well. Because of their addictive nature I use these as a last resort rather than a first one and if there is a pain that paracetamol or ibuprofen alone are not touching then I know that I can take one or two of these and start to get some relief as soon as possible.


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                31.07.2011 01:07
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                good pain relief

                Boots offer a wide range of high branded pain relief products. They also offer own branded pain relief products including tablets, capsules and liquid products.

                ~Paracetamol Codeine~

                You can purchase a few different varieties of Paracetamol and Codeine from Boots. This review discusses the Paracetamol and Codeine Caplets as shown in the picture.

                These caplets claim to offer dual action pain relief. Each tablet contains 500mg of paracetamol and also 8mg of Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate. These caplets are designed for short term use of up to 3 days as the codeine can be become addictive. The caplets claim to offer relief from moderate pain associated with :

                *rheumatic pain
                *period pain

                These caplets should be used where normal painkillers do not offer enough relief. They can be taken by those over the age of 6 but should be avoided if you are pregnant or suffer with liver desease.


                The box holding the caplets is grey with blue writing. Inside, an extensive information leaflet is provided. The caplets are lined up in packs of 8. The foil backed pack requires the tablets to be pushed out before consuming.


                Age 6 - 12 : half - 1 tablet every 4-6hours (max 4 per 24hrs)
                Age 12 upwards : 1-2 tablets every 4-6hours (max 8 per 24hrs)

                These caplets cannot be taken with other paracetamol products.

                ~Availability and Price~

                A pack of 32 tablets is available in Boots stores priced at £2.03.

                ~My Thoughts~

                I suffer with excrutiating period pain in my stomach and also regular bouts of toothache. Whilst I keep normal paracetamol and ibuprofen in the cupboard for mild pains, I need something stronger when the pain gets too much. I first became aware of the Parcetamol and Codeine tablets last year and they are my first choice for when I need a stronger painkiller. The last few weeks have been a nightmare with flu, stomach bug and then my mouth pain. I headed for my local Boots store a few days ago and picked up a pack of these caplets.

                Compared to other tablets which claim to be stronger than average paracetamol, these are very well priced. 32 tablets would last a good deal of time as they are only meant to be used across 3days. I have been alternating these with ibuprofen to offer the maximum pain relieve possible.


                These caplets are quite difficult to push out the foil pack. Each caplet is quite chunky and long. It has an indent down the middle to allow the caplet to be cut in half for children. The caplet has a powdery texture and that is the main problem I have with it. Whilst I don't normally have issues swallowing tablets, I do prefer sugar coated ones. When feeling rather sicky, I managed to get one down ok with large gulps of water but often, the 2nd caplets lodges in my throat causing me to cough it back up. Not a pleasant taste at all.

                So the main problem I have had is toothache. I am trying to switch dentists at the moment and suffering badly. During the day, the paracetamol and codeine kick in quite quickly and offer relief to the point where my mouth feels less agitated. Toothache for me, means pain in my mouth, up the side of my head and occasionally causes a mild headache. These caplets reduce that. Where they do not tend to help, is when I am going to bed and want relief to sleep. I am currently pacing the flat at night time before crashing on the sofa and not getting much sleep.

                For period pain, these work efficiently. I never used to have period pain but since having my son 3years ago, it has been pretty bad. Feminax are too expensive for regular use but for the middle 3 days of that awful week, these caplets offer me relief to make me less uncomfortably and overall, less grumpy! The relief lasts for a few hours before a top up is generally needed with Ibuprofen.

                In the past, after 3 days I have struggled to stop myself taking these..thinking I still need them and that was hard but I did manage to stop and now I naturally stop after 3days or before if the pain has gone. I can see how easy it would be to become addicted to any type of tablet so please be careful.

                ~Recommendation and Conclusion~

                These paracetamol and codeine caplets work efficiently to target pain where normal painkillers fail to conquer. They are affordable though obviously not a long term option and if you feel you need any tablet long term I would advise you to contact your doctor.

                They are handy to have at home and fufill their purpose fine so I recommend them on that basis. I haven't experienced any side effects from these caplets.

                Thanks for reading :)

                *Originally wrote on ciao few weeks ago..since then I have had the offending tooth removed and am nearly pain free*


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                  21.07.2011 11:58
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                  A great cure for my pain but not recommended for prolonged use

                  A few months ago I suffered with really bad tooth ache. It was over a weekend and I couldn't get to a dentist until the Monday. In order to get me through the weekend I bought some of these tablets after being recommended them by the Boots pharmacist.


                  In a packet you get 32 tablets and they cost £1.55.


                  Inside the box there are four plastic popping packs of tablets. Each contains 8 capsules. To disperse the tablets you just push them through the plastic pack they are sitting in and through the foil covering. The tablets are easy to pop out which is good because the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around when you are in pain!
                  Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol and 8mg of codeine phosphate.

                  *How they are supposed to work*

                  Codeine is a type of painkiller called an opioid. It is related to morphine but is not as strong. Opioid painkillers work by mimicking the action of naturally occurring pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins.
                  Paracetamol is an analgesic drug used to treat moderate pain and it works by blocking the pain signals in the central nervous system, therefore it should stop you feeling the pain but it will still be there.

                  *Recommended dosage*

                  The recommended dose for these is 2 capsules every 4 hours, you should not take any more than 8 caplets in a 24 hour period and should stop taking them altogether after 3 days.

                  *Possible side effects*

                  Side effects of these caplets may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.

                  Regular prolonged use of codeine is known to lead to addiction and symptoms of restlessness and irritability may result when treatment is then stopped.

                  *My experience*

                  I found these tablets to be really successful in stopping my toothache but if I took them on an empty stomach, I felt really light headed. I would be very careful when taking these and would only take them for a serious pain and not just a regular stress headache. My toothache was so bad I cried and I normally have a high pain threshold. They helped loads and were really great at instantly stopping the headache. I would just be wary of the side effects as Codeine is really strong and the addictive quality is quite scary.
                  They are also really easy to swallow due to the coating and shape which is good because I do not enjoy taking tablets and hate it when they get stuck in the throat!


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                  22.03.2011 15:43
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                  Cheaper than others!

                  I had a really sore throat last week and I was looking for a painkiller a bit stronger then the normal 500mg paracetamol tablets that I usually buy. I ended up buying Boots Paracetamol and Codeine Caplets. 32 caplets cost £1.55 and each caplet contains 500mg paracetamol and 8mg of codeine phosphate.

                  Paracetamol is an analgesic drug used to treat moderate pain and it works by preventing the formation of prostaglandin in the central nervous system which is associated with pain. Basically paracetamol does not make your painful headache, toothache etc any better, it just works to stop you feeling the pain.

                  Codeine phosphate is a type of medicine called an opioid. Codeine is a mild painkiller, but also has cough suppressant and anti-diarrhoeal actions.

                  In treating pain, codeine works 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. Codeine mimicks the action of natural endorphins by combining with the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. Therefore, even though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.

                  Paracetamol and Codeine combined give greater pain relief than normal paracetamol tablets.

                  The recommended dose for these caplets is 2 caplets every 4 hours, you should not take any more than 8 caplets in a 24 hour period.

                  My Results:
                  I am very glad that I bought these tablets. Paracetamol is fine for moderate pain but I just felt quite unwell and was looking for something with greater pain relief. I know that most sore throats are viral but knowing this did not make me feel any better and I actually felt like I had broken glass in the back of my throat. My throat felt rough, jaggy and very sore.

                  The caplets come in a little cardboard box. The box has instructions for use on it and inside the box there is a leaflet explaining what paracetamol is and what it can be used for. The leaflet also outlines the correct dosage and details of side effects you may experience.

                  Inside the box there is four little plastic type packs of tablets. Each contains 8 caplets. To disperse the caplets you just push them through the plastic pack they are sitting in. The caplets are easy to disperse and then you just pop the rest of the unused caplets back in to the box.

                  The caplets are a bargain and cost under 5p each. The only downside I find with most of these own brand paracetamol type caplets is that they are not film coated, easy to swallow caplets. Film coated caplets have an extra coated outer layer which is smooth. This outer layer is made with sugar. This helps the tablets to be swallowed a lot easier and they don't start disintergrating in your mouth when they come into contact with water. The film coated type paracetamol tablets are usually more expensive.

                  All in all these cablets done exactly what it said on the box. They relieved my sore throat enough for me to get on with life. They did not cure the pain because as I said before this type of painkiller works basically to stop the brain feeling pain, you still have your sore throat until your viral infection clears up. Even though the caplets were not film coated I still managed to swallow them, it helps that they are not overly big caplets.

                  Side effects of these caplets may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.

                  Regular prolonged use of codeine is known to lead to addiction and symptoms of restlessness and irritability may result when treatment is then stopped.

                  Prolonged use of a painkiller for headaches can make them worse.

                  These caplets were a good buy and considerably less expensive than named brands. Great if you are on a budget and good sized pack containing 32 caplets.


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                    11.02.2011 20:35
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                    Great caplets for dual pain relief - best to treat painful headaches!

                    Recently, I've been suffering from a lot of headaches and haven't the time to see a Doctor due to the fact they're extremely busy. Instead I hunted for some fast pain-killing medicine to kill the pain - Lo Behold, these miracle caplets are my solution.

                    I've found that Paracetamol and Ibuprofen on their own aren't sufficient pain killers and they take awfully long to work, so this potent mix effectively gets rid of any pain and very quickly (about 5 minutes).

                    ~~~WHAT DO YOU GET IN A PACKET?~~~
                    For £2.00 you get 32 caplets in the form of 4 foil trays with 8 caplets each, so it is more expensive than normal paracetamol but the difference is worth it as all the pain is just removed within minutes!

                    The caplets are easy to remove just by piercing the foil lining and I've found that they are very easy to carry around during travelling.

                    The outer appearance of the cardboard packet is quite modern, it is a nice silver colour. There is some essential advice about the caplets which is that they are a short term solution to acute pain which isn't relieved by simply taking aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol exclusively. There is also a warning that if you are pregnant or have severe liver disease you should not take the caplets.

                    The packet also gives instructions regarding the dosage, for adults and children aged 12+ one to two tablets are to be taken every 4 to 6 hours if needed and no more than 8 in one 24 hour period.

                    While, Children aged 6 to 11 years old can take half to one tablet every 4 to 6 hours not taking more than four caplets in a 24 hour period.

                    The caplets contain 8mg of codeine and 500mg of paracetamol. No other paracetamol containing products should be taken if you have taken a caplet and strictly, caplets should not be given to children under the age of 6 as this is dangerous.

                    These white caplets can easily be split into two parts since the caplet has a ridge in the middle so that it is easy to break into two parts if only half is required. They are quite small in size, I would say approximately the size of a small bead.

                    The caplets are quite easy to swallow since they dissolve well in your mouth and become chalky. I don't particularly like the taste as it is quite bitter but this is bearable in respect to the pain-relieving qualities.

                    ~~~WHAT IT CAN BE USED FOR~~~
                    These caplets can be used to treat the pain of a variety of conditions including:
                    -Period pain
                    -Rheumatic pain
                    -Symptoms of colds and flu

                    Personally, I find it the best medicine for headaches.

                    ~~~CODEINE WARNING~~~
                    These caplets contain Codeine which is recently considered a harmful if taken more than 3 days consecutively, therefore the box advices you to only use these tablets for a maximum of three days as an addiction can be created. So watch out!


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