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I would tend to disagree with many of the reviews I've read about here. I used to think this painkiller was ok, until, after I had used it on and off for some time, it basically ceased to provide relief for my constant headaches.
I also began to suffer now and again from constipation, and without sounding like some kind of know-all, it appears the version we are given by our GP's contain a higher dose of codeine, thus (usually) providing better relief for our pain than the over-the counter version.
I do now believe that if we mix this tablet say, with 200mg of ibuprofen, that is, assuming you don't also suffer from stomach problems, they can appear better and in my case have then provided a better means of relief.I do of course try to not o. d. myself in the process!
Everyone appears to obtain differing results and some will say you can take before or after a meal while others will say it doesn't matter. For myself, I would say in their defence I do not believe these tabs have ever caused me any other probs apart form said constipation, ie. I haven't suffered from nausea.
The tablets are also, I have noticed, quite large in circumference! not easy to swallow if you have probs. in this area.
Just think of taking a co codamol in terms of swallowing a white car wheel. (only kidding)
So after all this, I do still have a bottle of these tablets handy, as I do not really find paracetamol to be of any use on their own.
I have been taking Co-codamol tablets for almost the past 5 years, I'm unfortunately a constant sufferer of head aches and migraines and have tried many different types of pain relief in the past and never seemed to find a pain killer than worked effectively. When I tried co-codamol I was free from pain with in 10 - 15 minutes of taking the tablet. I've found it hard in the past to find effective medication for my head aches but co-codamol is definatley worth a purchase because it's so effective and kicks in almost straight away.. not every time I suffer from head aches and migraines I take co-codamol for fast and effective relief. In my opinion probably one of the best pain killers to take - for more than a couple of reasons, one being that the tablets are extremely easy to swallow with a glass of water due to the small size where as normal pain killers as fairly big or are of a capsul form which I find extremely difficult to swallow. Another reason I rate these pain killers is because they are easy to purchase. over the counter at any pharmacy and are way better than parasetomal or any other normal pain killer. Another season i strongly reccommend these pain killers are because they are suitable for all kinds of different pain you may be experiencing, you can take them for vertually anything including tooth aches and for girls period pains, i really reccomend co-codamol to people who are seeking quick and effective relief.
Really useful if you need some pain relief that is a bit stronger than paracetamol or ibuprofen. It is available without prescription and can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy.Works fast for mild to moderate pain relief however it is not a long term solution for any conditions with prolonged pain.It will usually have a warning on the box stating that this product could become addictive.....I have used these tablets many times over the past 4 years to ease the pain after a fractured ankle and 3 related surgeries...they are not strong enough to offer serious pain relief but they have helped ease my pain on the occasions when I have run out of my prescription pain medication.Really effective for mild aches and pains in the joint and also for pain relief from minor injuries or even minor surgeries.Again I would not recommend using these as a long term solution to reoccurring pain......in this case I would highly recommend you visit your doctor.You can usually purchase a pack from a supermarket pharmacy for between £1.50-£2.50 the price will vary from one pharmacy to another.I would advise eating before taking these and they do tend to make me feel drowsy but you just need to read the advice leaflet included in the box to ensure you understand the dosage recommendations and side effects.I would definitely buy these inatead of paracetamol if you need a bit stronger pain relief short term.Again be sure you don't become reliant on these tablets.
I have co-codamol tablets that I keep with me at all times in case I get a migraine. I find that the only tablets that really help with the pain of migraine are these.
They contain paracetamol and codeine and so it is vital to know that otherwise you could take paracetamol too and it will result in overdose.
I only use co-codamol when I feel like I have to so in the case of severe pain like migraine. It is important that you don't take these for more than 3 days in a row otherwise they can become addictive.
I take two and then try to just stick to paracetamol after using it.
I find that it takes about 20 minutes for it to start to work, longer if I have just eaten. It helps to take the edge away from my migraines and helps to make me feel relaxed.
The side effect of helping me feel relaxed is good to make me escape the migraine but it is a drawback if you are intending on still functioning properly! These drugs can make you feel a bit like a zombie and they can also make you feel sick and make you feel constipated too if you use them regularly so do be careful with side effects.
I think they are very effective, you can tell they are strong.
Always read the label and if you have side effects don't take them! I know lots of people who don't agree with these.
Denver-codamol are painkillers which contain codeine. They are more powerful than paracetamol and ibuprofen and certainly will assist you to with different sorts of discomfort like dental pain or my irritable bowel syndrome easier than other painkillers.
Most co- codamol tablets are tiny and rounded and they are not difficult to swallow but often when I get mine from my doctor they have got a form that is long as they are harder to consume, and that I do not like them. Often co-codamol makes a preference in my mouth but that's to get a limited time .
Often co-codamol can make it tough for you yourself to utilize the toilet but if you drink a lot of water when you are acquiring them that assists. I occasionally use a sugar if I am planning to use corp, based laxative -codamol for quite a very long time since of me getting constipation the chance stops.
Some people are currently getting different medicine or can not consider these painkillers since they 've got health conditions but you must read the box carefully to see if they're fitted to you.
DO THEY WORK?
I'm very happy with co- consider they function fast and are really effective on all discomfort and pain killers. I do not get them for complications since I believe Nurofen or paracetamol tablets work for that but I've got a condition that is like irritable bowel syndrome and when I get ache from that these operate so fast that I do not experience for longer than I've to. I have been using them this week my teeth are painful and because I've got to attend to own some dentist work completed, my toothache is removed by these all completely not like Nurofen that take the sharpness.
I prefer that company-codamol work with along time in between using supplements because I do not like to consider them a lot of as they are so powerful and due to the complication of not to be able to make use of the toilet appropriately if I've to make use of them to get a number of years. You cannot consider every 4 hours to more than 2 tablets because I often don't need to take even that numerous due to them being thus helpful for my kind of pain, and that is proper for me personally.
My wisdom teeth started coming through when I was 17 and ever since then, every summer I have had issues with them coming through and pain. This has also caused swelling meaning I can't speak or eat. Sometimes other pain killers just do not touch it.
First of all you need to be careful with Co-codomal, it is non prescription and can be bought very easily, but is also very addictive. They advice that this taken for no more than three days. I personally have took it for longer (more like five or six), but I do not have an addictive personality and faced no further issues after taking it.
There is also a huge number of medicines that can not be taken in conjunction with it, so you need to make sure you read the information provided very carefully. Or ask your doctor for advice if you are unsure. For example they cannot be taken with anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication.
when I taken these I limit myself to six days and do not take in conjunction with any other paracetamol or codine type products. They ease the pain perfectly and normally within about twenty minutes I am pain free, this will last for a couple of hours before it starts to hurt again.
These sell at a variety of prices and a variety of shops, but you don't need expensive ones. The cheapest do the job perfectly. They are more expensive than paracetamol but they do a better job, so will cost less over time.
As always take all medical advise seriously and read all information provided. These really worked for me, but always check they are suitable to your needs.
My husband uses co codamol pain relief probably more than I so. I only ever use them if I have a severe pain that Ibuprofen and paracetamol will not get rid of. I take two of these and I have used both the soluble ones and the ones which you just swallow with a glass of water. It's quicker and easier to swallow them whole as the soluble type leave a nasty taste in my mouth for ages afterwards and they make me feel quite sick.
The good thing about these is that they get to the root of my pain very fast indeed and they are super quick to work. On the down side I hate the fact that I need to have a lie down pretty soon after taking them as they make me feel really lethargic and quite groggy and sleepy for a few hours afterwards.
every time I try to buy them at my local Boots I am put through the third degree and given numerous warnings about them being highly addictive and not to take them for more than three days in a row without seeking medical advice. I rarely do this so I don't think I need to worry and I fail to see how anyone could become addicted to the horrible taste these have.
I buy mine in boxes of 32 tablets though the smaller sized boxes are also available to buy too. They contain both codeine and paracetamol and it is these two active ingredients which get to the root of pain super fast.
They do hit pain quickly but I cannot recommend the taste to anyone but still have to give them four stars for being super effective.
WHAT IS IT?
Co-codamol are painkillers that contain codeine. They are stronger than paracetamol and ibuprofen and can help you with different sorts of pain like dental pain or my irritable bowel syndrome easier than other painkillers.
Most co-codamol tablets are small and round and they are easy to swallow but sometimes when I get mine from my doctor they have got a long shape and I do not like them because they are harder to swallow. Sometimes co-codamol makes a funny taste in my mouth but that is for a short time only.
Sometimes co-codamol can make it hard for you to use the bathroom but if you drink alot of water while you are taking them that helps. I sometimes use a sugar based laxative if I am going to use co-codamol for quite a long time because that stops the danger of me getting constipation.
Some people can not take these pain killers because they have got medical conditions or are taking other medicine but you must read the box carefully to see if they are suited for you.
DO THEY WORK?
I am very happy with co-codamol pain killers and think they work quick and are very effective on all pain. I do not take them for headaches because I think Nurofen or paracetamol tablets work for that but I have got a condition that is like irritable bowel syndrome and when I get pain from that these work so quick that I do not suffer for longer than I have to. I have been taking them this week because I have got to wait to have some dentist work done and my teeth are painful, these remove my toothache all completely not like Nurofen that just take the sharpness off the pain.
I like that co-codamol work for a long time in between taking tablets because I do not like to take them too much as they are so strong and because of the side effect of not being able to use the toilet properly if I have to use them for a long time. You can not take more than 2 tablets every 4 hours and that is correct for me because I sometimes do not have to take even that many because of them being so effective for my sort of pain.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I haven't used co-codamol since becoming pregnant but I used it for a few weeks at one point when I was working a lot of hours at work and started getting migraines. I work at a computer and I have quite a strong glasses prescription so it's no surprise really. I normally find that paracetamol does the trick but with the migraines it didn't so a friend of mine recommended co-codamol, which I found in my local Superdrug store.
Co-codamol is a combination of paracetamol and codeine, so you get the benefit of the painkillers but also a relaxing influence from the codeine. In fact I found that the codeine made me feel quite drowsy, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't continue to take it. I just tried not to take it at/before work. Some people might find that it effects them more than me, so it's worth keeping that in mind, as high doses of codeine are also prescribed for anxiety as it effectively knocks you out for an hour or two.
The tablets are really easy to swallow as they are so small. With paracetamol I usually have to swallow half at a time but these are so small that you wouldn't need to do that. They are circular and perhaps a little chalky but you don't notice this as they slip down easily due to the size.
It's important to remember the potential side effect of drowsiness too as you may feel it but not realise and drive somewhere, which I would not recommend. For this reason co-codamol is best taken in the evening when you know you won't be going out again, before bed is ideal as it will help you to sleep better too.
These tablets can be taken every 4 hours but not for a long period of time as codeine can become addictive. If your pain continues for more than 3-4 days you should visit a doctor for other medication, however I found that mine ceased on the weekends when I wasn't working so I just took co-codamol in the week when I was working long hours in quite a stressful environment.
It is recommended not to take these tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have certain problems like liver problems or specific allergies. Always check with your pharmacist for contraindications as well. The tablets are very effective so I suggest starting out with the low dose of 30g and working up to the 500g dose only if the 30g is ineffective for you. I found the 30g to be sufficient for my needs and the tablets usually worked within 15 minutes of taking them with a glass of water.
I do recommend these for specific types of pain that you feel able to self-remedy,but remember to get yourself checked out if your pain is prolonged or too intense, and be aware of the potential side effects. Co-codamol can be bought over the counter from a pharmacy for a few pounds. I give it 4 stars because it works but there are risks involved and it can't be taken long term.
When you're in pain you want nothing more than to be able to take that away. I use Ibuprofen and also paracetamol usually for when I have headaches or joint ache but I tend to find that sometimes I need something stronger and it is those times when I need to use cocodomol.
Co-codamol contains two drugs paracetamol and codeine. Both are good for pain relief. Because it does contain paracetamol you can't take paracetamol as well as these. You can buy this over the counter which is really good. I find it's the most effective pain killer you can buy over the counter without needing a prescription.
Always read the label. It shows various side effects that could happen such as shortness of breath, dizziness, sickness, rash and a few others including fatigue. I have never experienced any except the fatigue which is actually quite overwhelming so for this reason I only ever take these when I know i don't have to drive and I can go to bed for an hour else I cannot function properly and I really dislike that awful tiredness feeling it gives me.
I tend to use these when my joint pain is really bad or I have a migraine to help with pain. I never use my daily dose, instead I tend to just take 1 tablet and then 4 hours later another. You can take more (read the label) but I have read recently that pain killers like this are easy to get addicted to and you should never take them for more than 3 days in a row.
I find that these take about 20 minutes to take effect and when they do they really make a huge difference as they help take the pain away or at least give a good relief from it. I think these are really effective, far more so than just paracetamol on it's own. I recommend it highly but because it is rather a strong drug you must make sure you do read it thoroughly first.
My initial encounters with Co-Codomol have been the prescription strength ones containing 30mg Codeine and 500mg Paracetomol. I haven't used them regularly (or indeed been prescribed them myself - bad me, I know!), but have found that they work when other painkillers don't. I know several people who have taken them regularly and found themselves addicted, so they can be dangerous.
Today though I am reviewing the Co-Codomol which you can buy over the counter from the pharmacist, which contain 8mg codeine and 500mg paracetomol. I don't know anyone who has had problems with over-the-counter painkillers, HOWEVER, codeine is addictive, so these could potentially cause you problems. If in doubt, always consult a doctor or pharmacist.
---The tablets and taking them---
Co-codomol tablets (8/500) are round white pills, similar to paracetomol sized tablets. They are not sugar coated, so don't have a nice taste if you accidentally catch them on your tongue!
They contain the active ingredients of paracetomol (500mg) and codeine phosphate (8mg) and also contain other non-active ingredients such as maize and potato starch (check instructions for all of them).
Take 1-2 tablets every 4 hours (with a glass of water), but not exceeding 8 tablets in a 24 hour period (the dose may be lower for elderly people). I find this annoying as when pain is bad I find that you can end up using your quota of tablets during waking hours and then be left with no allowance for night time, when quite frankly I feel that pain is always at its worst. But this is an issue with all painkillers and their dosage.
However, when used in combination with Ibuprofen with a recent toothache, I limited myself as much as possible, and I managed to not exceed the dose even on the worst day.
---Do they work---
It is typical that after raving about my teeth in a recent Diet Coke review that a day later I was struck down with toothache. It seems that at the age of nearly 32 my luck has run out and I need a couple of fillings (I blame my one remaining wisdom tooth). Whilst waiting for the dentist I took Co-codomol tablets along with Ibuprofen, and rubbing Sensodyne toothpaste and clove oil into my teeth and bonjela into my gums (since I couldn't figure out where the pain was coming from).
Although there were a lot of different variables, initially I was taking paracetomol but then switched to the co-codomol (obviously you can't take both at the same time as both contain paracetomol), and I definitely noticed a decrease in pain once I was taking the co-codomol. Unfortunately nothing seemed to get rid of it completely, but these did help make it bearable. Luckily I only needed to take them for 2 days, and by the time I saw the dentist the pain had already gone.
I find that the pain relief kicks in after about 15-20 minutes which isn't too bad. These definitely do help with mild to moderate pain. If you're not used to them, they might give you a bit of a spaced out feeling or dizziness. Personally I've not experienced this, even with prescription strength co-codomol, but I know that some people are more sensitive.
For something that you can get without prescription, these are probably the best you can get. However, they are barely going to touch the surface with severe pain (and I frequently kick myself for the time that I flushed 50 prescription co-codomol tablets down the toilet which I found stashed in a cake tin - long story!) Mind you, for really severe pain then you're probably going to need something even more heavy duty than the prescription Co-codomol.
---Price and availability---
I bought a pack of 32 tablets for £1.75 from Boots (over the counter, so you do have to ask, and usually answer a couple of questions) which I think is a pretty good price, but I imagine they can also be found cheaper elsewhere (since Boots isn't renowned for being cheap). There are of course much more expensive branded versions which contain exactly the same active ingredients - the choice is yours!
Your packet of Co-codomol tablets should contain a list of instructions and warnings (including numerous possible side effects - dizziness and constipation are common ones which I hear of) which MUST be read carefully before taking. Perhaps I'm being childish, but I smiled reading that you should not take Co-codomol if you're in a coma!
I worry about people sometimes with these tablets, because I think that due to the addictive nature of codeine, people can end up taking more of these tablets just to get the codeine effect, but failing to realise the devastating effect of exceeding the recommended dose of paracetomol.
You shouldn't take these tablets for longer than 3 days - in which case see your doctor. It might be that you need some higher strength pain relief.
Not to be used by pregnant women (unless under medical advice) or children under 12. Others who should not take Co-codomol or should seek medical advice first are listed in the instructions.
As the instructions say, do not take these for longer than 3 days (consult doctor or pharmacist) due to the addictive nature of codeine, and always seek help in the event of overdose as soon as possible. It is also possible that you might get withdrawal symptoms after stopping taking this.
I try whenever possible to avoid painkillers (and thankfully haven't needed anymore since my two day toothache), but sometimes they are necessary, I only turn to co-cocomol if a combination of paracetomol and ibuprofen isn't working, in which case I'll swap the paracetomol for the co-codomol.
When used with caution I think that these are good for moderate pain relief.
4 out of 5 stars.
I was advised to take co-codamol by my GP when I contracted a nasty chest infection over the winter, as I have asthma chest infections can be particularly nasty for me. I had managed to avoid them for years though so I suppose I was due. With the infection, I was coughing a lot but also suffering quite severe muscle pains in my back and chest and bizarrely in my arms and legs. The co-codamol helped with all those symptoms to some extent.
Co-codamol is a pain killer that is a combination of paracetamol and the mild opioid drug codeine. Combined together, the codeine adds a little extra power to the paracetamol for longer lasting and stronger pain relief than the paracetamol alone. Now, I'm a big fan of paracetamol, I think a lot of people underestimate just how good it really is, the only pain I've ever had before that paracetamol couldn't help are my migraines, for pretty much everything else its never let me down. However, with this chest infection I was finding that with ordinary 1 gram doses of paracetamol the pain was coming back about 60-90 minutes before I could take another (you have to be very careful not to take too many, paracetamol overdoses are very serious even when they seem small).
Co-codamol provided that extra bit of relief I needed to get me through to the next dose, in fact I didn't even take the maximum 'allowed' amount of the co-codamol. The added bonus that makes it perfect for pain from a chest infection is that opioid drugs such as codeine also act as an anti-tussive, that is, they suppress coughing. So as well as the pain relief I got some relief from the constant irritating and painful cough that was driving me up the wall. Because I wasn't coughing as much, I wasn't getting as much muscle pain, so I didn't need as much pain relief, the very opposite of a vicious circle!
There are some side effects. I'd never taken an opioid drug before and I did feel a little bit 'spacey' and chilled out about 10 minutes after I took it the first couple of times. The worst side effect however is the constipation. The codeine slows down your digestive system so its pretty inevitable that you're going to have this problem. I won't go into too much detail but I would advise you to buy some Senokot at the same time as buying your co-codamol, you're going to need it within a few days!
Co-codamol is available in relatively weak dosages from behind the counter at the pharmacist without a prescription. The pharmacist will ask a few questions to check its safe for you to use the drug. You can also get stronger doses on prescription but my GP advised me to start with the over the counter strength as its cheaper than a prescription charge and most people with relatively minor illnesses find that its strong enough.
Cocodamol is an over the counter medicine which is really quite strong and is not recommended to be used for long. New guidelines have come in which say that you should not use painkillers like this for more than two days without consulting your doctor as it can lead to addiction. I always have a pack of these in my house but will only ever use them when I absolutely have to. They are very powerful (in my opinion anyway) and make me feel quite light headed.
It contains two pain killers; paracetamol and codeine. It may have other names such as Codipar so always read labels of drugs to make sure you know what you are taking. Because this already contains paracetamol you must not take paracetamol too or you could risk an overdose. There are different strengths of this drug but only one can be bought over the counter, the other two have to be given as prescription.
When taking this drug it is important that you read the leaflet first. There are various side effects that you may experience. Sometimes I read the side effects of various medicines and feel really anxious about them, there are loads, but then nothing happens but with this drug I do experience some of the side effects. Side effects that you could experience include nausea, constipation, tiredness, rash, dry mouth and vomiting. It is advised not to drink alcohol when using these pain killers.
Before taking these tablets you should really consult your doctor as there are various people who cannot take this for various reasons. You may not be able to take it if you have breathing problems, are breastfeeding (although I was told I was safe to if I needed to when I was nursing), if you have blood pressure or heart problems, if you have had a recent head injury... as well as other scenarios too so it is really important that you do check.
Usually I take paracetamol and /or ibuprofen but when they don't work I then have to turn to these but make sure that I am well out of the timings of having just taken a paracetamol. I find that if I have severe pain that by turning to these right away it is usually most effective and by this I mean post surgical pain, infection pain, severe migraine and that kind of thing and not just a general headache or period pain.
The dose may vary for you but I usually take 2 tablets every 4-6 hours. I find that they start to work rather quickly. The first thing I notice is that I get quite tired and this helps to relax me and take me away from feeling intense and worrying about the pain and within about half an hour it begins to really kick in and take the edge off the pain. I usually feel quite sick when I take these so take advantage of the drowsy feeling and go to sleep. This usually helps for the sickness to pass and then when I wake up it's usually really kicked in so I feel much better.
I would never take this if I knew I had to do something or was being responsible for my daughter as I know it usually makes me drowsy. I would certainly never drive after taking one.
I think that these kick in quite quickly and are effective. They do begin to wear off towards the end of the 4 hours so I do take another if I feel I have to. I will never take these for more than 2 days as I would hate for it to have a negative effect.
I personally think that these are really effective painkillers that help when pain is extreme. They are strong though so you do have to be careful about how you take them.
If you have pain for an extended amount of time and these don't help then you should speak to your doctor.
I don't know whether it's as a result of stress or some kind of allergy, but I suffer from migraines. These can vary from just a very bad headache, when I'm very sensitive to bright light and loud noises, to the full-blown vomiting, flashing lights, pounding head type that is totally debilitating. Apparently up to 8 million people in the UK suffer from some kind of migraine but that's no comfort when you cannot function because of your pounding head.
Thankfully my migraines only last a maximum of a couple of days and I'm usually back to normal after 24 hours. I do get them fairly regularly though. Over the years I've managed to identify when I can feel a migraine starting and I've found that the only thing I can do is to take a painkiller and go to sleep with the curtains closed.
I hate taking any form of medication, but as my migraines leave me totally incapable of functioning, I've found that I have to take over-the-counter painkillers to try to get rid of the migraine and get me back to normal as quickly as possible. I used to take Migraleve and always had a pack of the yellow tablets in the first aid cupboard (I rarely bought the pink ones which are for controlling the symptoms of nausea as I find that vomiting is not usually a major issue for me). At around £5.50 for 12 tablets, though, it does work out quite expensive, but they worked and I was willing to pay this for the relief they gave.
However last year I started to get a migraine one day at work. There's a small pharmacy near to where I work and I called in there for a pack of my usual medication. The pharmacist took the time to talk to me about my symptoms and suggested that I tried Co-codamol instead. He explained that the two main ingredients in my regular tablets and in Co-codamol are paracetamol and codeine and in the same strength (apparently 500mg paracetamol and 8mg codeine). He did advise that if I was suffering from nausea as well that these would not be sufficient, but on his advice I decided to try them.
I've been using Co-codamol tablets now for around 6 months and I can say that, for me, they work exactly the same as my previous medication. I still also have to go to sleep in a darkened room but I don't think that I am debilitated for any longer than I was in the past.
I now buy the packs of 32 tablets and they usually cost in the region of £1.66 which is an enormous saving on what it was costing me before. They come in blister packs containing 8 tablets and you should only take a maximum of 2 tablets at a time with water. You should not take them more frequently than every four hours and no more than four times in 24 hours. They are habit forming. though, and should therefore not be taken for longer than three days continuously without consulting a GP or pharmacist (codeine is an opiate which I understand is extracted from the poppy plant in its natural form, but which is made using a synthetic process in pharmaceuticals). I find that I need to get the tablets down as quickly as possible because they taste awful - they don't have any kind of coating. They work quite quickly for me - I start to feel the effects within 30 minutes or so - but they do cause drowsiness. I usually only need to take two tablets though to cure my migraine - only on the odd occasion will I need to take a second dose but then I find I become 'spaced'out' (I can understand how people can become addicted to these).
Of course, Co-codamol can be used to relieve other kinds of pain also but must not be taken with any other products containing paracetamol. It does claim to relieve toothache, period pains, rheumatic pains, muscular pains and backache, but as always the instructions contained in the pack should always be followed as Co-codamol is not suitable for a number of people because of existing illnesses or medication being taken already and also it can cause side-effects.
You can buy Co-codamol at most pharmacies (often now called 'paracetamol and codeine tablets'). They should also be available at supermarkets with pharmacies but you won't find them on the regular supermarket shelves. I always buy mine from Lloyds Pharmacy and as I've mentioned above they are currently priced at £1.66 for 32 tablets.
In conclusion, I've found that this is a much cheaper alternative way to cure my migraines and just as effective as more expensive tablets. I've used them for other pain relief and have found them to be effective, but of course they may not work for everyone.
As always, if in doubt about any form of medication, you should consult your GP first.
I hope you found this review helpful and thanks for reading it.
I recently underwent a laporoscopic cholocystectomy (gall bladder removal) and was prescribed co-codamol for the pain relief. Not really knowing what sort of a painkiller it was, I was slightly worried about the pain after the op as it was one I needed general anaesthetic for and I had been signed off from work for at least a week, so I wanted to know what I was taking, and also what else I could take with it if I needed to.
Co-codamol contains two thingsa: codeine and paracetamol. Codein is an opioid, so sits in the same family as morphine, while paracetamol is its own little family and is considered the standard pain relief drug. Reacting badly to anything opiate based runs in my family, and so I was somewhat nervous about taking this, although I had spoken with the doctor regarding this and they used morphine after I came round and I didn't react too badly to it, so they were happy with co-codamol as prescribed pain relief.
You can take 8 tablets during a day, and it's best to do this at regular intervals. Taking two at 6 and then 12, am and pm, worked best for me, and the first few days after the op I really needed them. I thought after three days that I'd lower the amount I was having, and so I took only 1 tablet at each of the times, but this soon proved to be a step too far, as I combined it with a gentle shower and a short, slow walk and it was just too much. I later spoke to the doctor about this and he explained that it was the paracetamol element that was missed the most here by dropping to one, and that I could take a paracetamol with the co-codamol and this would be a better way of doing it, by dropping the codeine element from the second tablet. This seemed to work fine.
The pain subsided quite dramatically towards the end of a week, but I had one niggling itch, like a really sore itch, on one of the wounds, and the rest of me was fine. One night I forgot to take a pair of pills and ended up sleeping through another time, and when I woke and realised I was almost paralysed with fear as if I'd be in complete agony because of this, but I was actually fine. It was almost as if the painkillers were causing a more local pain top materialise every time I coughed, and this spun me out.
I'm glad I only took these for the best part of a week though, as the side effects can be quite sever. I can't honestly say I hallucinated at all while taking it, but I know others have. It did make me somewhat drowsy the first few times I took it, but this soon wore off. I can also say that I'm lucky I didn't get hooked on it, as it does have addictive properties, as any drug that you use would do. I was able to take a tramadol along side it (at a slightly different time though) to enhance the pain relief early on when it was particularly bad, as apparently this is in yet another separate area, and you can also take ibuprofen based painkillers.
I found co-codamol to be very effective for my needs. The first batch was given to me on discharge from the hospital, but the second lot my mother in law bought for me at Lloyds Chemist, where it was £1.99 for a pack of 32 tablets. These come in slabs of 8 tablets, I guess this is for easy counting if you're planning on having 2 four times a day then it would be a tablet a day. If you get a complete prescription for them then you get loads, but I was just given enough for four days from the hospital. They were very optimistic and somewhat conservative about the length of time I'd be in pain for!
Overall then, an effective painkiller. Beware of the side effects such as drowsiness and getting hooked if you take it for too long in one stint. It's not particularly powerful so I'm told for my doctor - there's far more powerful stuff you can have subscribed for you. However, for painkillers you can buy yourself over the counter, it's certainly affordable and effective. Recommended.
An over-the-counter preparation that is a mixture of paracetamol and codeine phosphate; used for the relief of mild to moderate pain.