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HEY PRESTO, PAIN BE GONE! It's Not Magic;It's Co Codamol.
Member Name: lak11
Date: 21/03/11, updated on 10/07/12 (544 review reads)
Advantages: Effective and cheap pain relief
Disadvantages: Only for short term use-see side effects
I first added Co Codamol to my medicine cupboard many years ago. This wasn't just for me but for all the grownups in my family. So, around the same time as I tied these tablets for severe headaches; so did one of my sons and also my husband, who is prone to back trouble, which can have him in agony.
My late mother, then suffering with cancer in her spine, had also been prescribed Co Codamol but ONLY to take alongside other pain relieving medication. In the earlier stages of her illness Co Codamol sometimes helped a little, but her pain was acute and it is extremely difficult (as hospice doctors confirmed) to treat bone pain; often morphine is the only drug that brings relief but this has many very unpleasant side effects. But due to my mother being prescribed many drugs over the years, I did get a good idea of what may work and learned that pain is extremely difficult to control. Sometimes even pain management at a hospice cannot help much. It is great to find something that helps with a particular pain BUT most remedies also have side effects which need to be taken into account.
As a family we have used, and still use, Co Codamol for many different areas of pain relief such as headaches, migraine, period pain, muscular aches and pains varying from troublesome nagging pains to very troublesome.
My youngest son (then a teenager) was prescribed Co Codamol after breaking his wrist (whilst playing football, of course!) to use for t a week or two after the break.
One drawback to my personal use of Co Codamol in the days when I first used it was, I could only find it available in the round tablet form. I found these quite difficult to swallow. Now, fortunately it is available also in caplet form which, to me, is much preferred.
I find Co Codamol to be a very effective method of pain relief but will NOT take it for a 'normal' headache that will pass if paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin are taken. This is because I feel that when taking into account the side effects acquired from Co Codamol then, in my opinion, it is suitable for the more severe headache, migraine or bad period pains that will not just go away with milder types of pain relief tablets on the market. If suffering from a bad cold I would limit my pain relief to paracetamol. I take Co Codamol for times when I have tried paracetamol, or similar, and find it has had little effect. Then Co Codamol can usually help. In fact, it is advised that this medication shouldn't be taken for longer than three days as it contains codeine which can be addictive. However, it can be taken for longer periods of time with professional advice/agreement. (My son was prescribed enough of this for at least two weeks after breaking his wrist although I believe he never took the full daily recommended dosage anyway.)
Also, if taking these too often for headaches can in fact cause worse headaches such as analgesic induced headaches.
Co Codamol is probably one of the best, in terms of effectiveness, pain relief methods available without a prescription so, unless prescribed something else, Co Codamol is a great way to treat bad pain if not taken for a prolonged period of time.
IN MY OPINION the advantages that Co Codamol has over similar pain relief medication are as follows:
*Effective against most types of pain: headache, period pain, toothache, muscular and nerve pain.
*Reasonably priced considering its effectiveness.
*Available as an over the counter medication from pharmacies.
*Available in caplet and capsule form as well as in round tablet form.
*Can reduce effects from fever.
It is recommended that adults and children (over 12 year of age) should take either one or two tablets with no m ore than eight tablets (equating to-4.0g of paracetamol and 64mg of codeine phosphate) in any one day.
These tablets are not recommended for children under tha age of twelve unless prescribe by a doctor.
** Do not take with any other products which contain paracetamol.
*As with all medicines Co Codamol should be kept well out of the way of children and should be stored in the original packaging for extra Safety (recognisable as medication NOT sweets!)
Co Codamol consists of a mixture of paracetamol with codeine phosphate.
(One tablet contains 500mg paracetamol and codeine phosphate 8mg
They also contains: E214, E216 and E218
I haven't suffered any serious side effects over many years of taking this medication but I have always been careful to only use these for times when I know that paracetamol or ibuprofen will not be adequate, and for as short a time period as possible, which usually will only be a few days. They DO make me sleepy though.
There are possible side effects but the most common I have heard of are tolerance to them because of over use, constipation and sleepiness.
*Written by myself but researched from various medical sites. Most of my information on side effects has been advised by my own general practitioner and a consultant who dealt with my late mother's pain relief.
*Dependence ( can result in the form of withdrawal symptoms of tremor, increased sweating, raised heart, raised breathing and also blood pressure rates, nausea) if this medication is suddenly stopped.
In some cases there may be other effects including :
* Feelings of confusion
* Shortness of breath
* Feeling sleepy
* Actual vomiting
* Dry mouth
* Blurred vision
**And others so please read instructions carefully.
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.
Co Codamol SHOULD NOT be used if you have certain medical conditions. Also before using consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have have difficulty breathing or are having an asthma attack.
CO-CODAMOL is also known under branded names but I always ask for Co Codamol which is unbranded so therefore is cheaper but still does the job!
Lloydspharmacy Co-Codamol 8mg/500mg Tablets 32 Tabletsú1.89.
Co Codamol should be around this price if bought in a high street chemist shop.
Summary: I always keep Co Codamol in my medicine cabinet.
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