Co Codamol is an opioid analgesic (pain reliever) drug used to treat many causes of mild to moderate pain. Codeine phosphate is available in generic form. It also goes by the brand names of Kapake, Solpadol and Tylex.
There are two painkillers contained in Co-codamol. These are codeine and paracetamol. The medication works best in eliminating short-term pains and aches. In such cases that paracetamol is not enough, codeine comes in to help it eliminate the pain.
Co-codamol is a combination painkiller, also known as an analgesic. It goes by the branded names of Codipar, Kapake, Solpadol, Tylex and Zapain. It comes in the form of capsuls, tablets and effervescent tablets. While taking it, avoid breast feeding, as the drug can be found in mother’s milk. If the tablets do not relieve your pain, immediately speak with your GP.
How to take it?
Patients need to go through the instruction information on how to take the medication. It provides the patient the necessary details they need to know about it. It also lets the patient know the known common and severe adverse effects of the medication.
The right thing to do is to take it the way the doctor prescribed it. Normally, adults are prescribed to take a tablet or two with an interval between 4 and 6 hours. Patients need to strictly put four hours in between takes and no more than 2 tablets per take. The maximum dosage per day should be contained to 8 tablets. All of these restrictions relate to the high content of paracetamol in the medication.
Patients need to take the tablet whole and swallow it with the assistance of water. It is possible to take it before the intake of food. But the effects are felt better when it is taken after eating. In this case, ailments are dealt with better. Sicknesses may still persist after a few doses. If you miss out on a dose, you need to take a tablet once you feel pain again. From then on, you need to adjust your schedule based on the time you re-took it. It is not a good decision to take two dosages on the next take to make up for the missed turn. This will increase the chances of side effects to manifest.
The common side effects of Co-codamol are:
- Having that sick feeling
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained sweating
- Dryness in the mouth
The severe side effects of Co-codamol include:
- Experiencing difficulty
- while urinating
- Unexplained appetite loss
- Dependency to Codeine may happen if the drug is taken for a long time.