Product Type: Boots Pain Relief
Newest Review: ... 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 a... more
Eases pain but take with caution
Boots Paracetamol & Codeine Caplets
Member Name: minimunchkin
Boots Paracetamol & Codeine Caplets
Advantages: Eases pain
Disadvantages: Can cause addiction
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.
Summary: Good for short term pain relief