(Codeine phosphate 30mg + Paracetamol 500mg) Tablets What Co-codamol tablet is, and what is it used for?
Co-codamol tablet is a combination of Codeine phosphate (30mg) and Paracetamol (500mg), an analgesic medication used to relieve severe pain.
Codeine phosphate belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics, while paracetamol (acetaminophen) also has analgesic properties. This combination medication is used in pain conditions where other analgesic medications are not helpful.
How do Co-codamol 30/500 mg Shqip Work?
Paracetamol works by inhibiting the chemical signals; thus, we don’t feel pain. Whereas codeine works by binding with the mu-opioid receptors in CNS and interrupting the chemical signals of pain between the body and brain; hence, we don’t feel pain.
Liver enzymes convert codeine to morphine, and morphine is the substance that relieves pain.
What do you need to Know Before taking Co-Codamol 30/500 mg Tablets?
Do not take Co-Codamol 30/500 mg Tablets:
If you are allergic to any APIs i.e.; paracetamol or codeine, or other opioids.
If you have severe renal or hepatic issues.
If you are suffering from asthma or some other lung infection.
If you are a drug addict or have a history of drug abuse.
If you are on therapy with MAO inhibitors.
If you have a habit of alcoholism.
If you have recently been through surgery on your gallbladder.
If you are less than 12 years of age.
If you are already on a therapy containing paracetamol or codeine, You must consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Are you suffering from myasthenia gravis
Are you suffering from low blood pressure
Have a problem with your thyroid or adrenal gland
Are suffering from mild problems of kidney or liver
Interaction of Co-codamol 30/500 mg Tablets with other Medications
You must consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Co-Codamol 30/500 mg tablets if you’re using any of the following medications:
Any of the antipsychotics, antidepressants, sedatives, hypnotics, antihistamines, medicines for high BP or atropine, warfarin, cimetidine, loperamide, isoniazid, naloxone, cisapride etc.
Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
Do not take co-codamol tablets without your doctor’s consent if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother.
Effect of Co-codamol 30/500 mg Shqip on Your Ability to Drive or Operate Machines
Co-codamol tablets cause drowsiness and affect your vision e.g., blurred vision or double vision. Therefore, do not drive or operate any machinery if you are on therapy with co-codamol tablets o unless you become aware of how your body is responding to this treatment.
How do you take Co-codamol Tablets?
Always take co-codamol tablets in the manner told by your doctor or pharmacist.
Take one to two tablets of co-codamol 30/500 mg tablet at an interval of 4-6 hours but make sure that you do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
What if you take More Tablets of Co-codamol Tablets than Prescribed ones?
If you take too many Co-codamol tablets, you must immediately contact your doctor or visit the nearby hospital or emergency department, as the overdose of paracetamol causes liver damage and the overdose of codeine causes drowsiness.
What if you Missed a Dose of Co-codamol Tablet?
If you missed your dose of the co-codamol tablet then take it as soon as you remind it but make sure that there must be an interval of at least 4 hours before taking your next dose.
Side Effects Associated with the use of Co-codamol Tablets
Stop taking Co-codamol tablets and talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects: Any blood disorder (e.g., thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, leucopenia, pancytopenia), any allergic skin reaction (e.g., swelling of lips, face, neck, skin rash etc.), blisters on the skin, pancreatic inflammation.
You must stop taking co-codamol tablets and consult your doctor if any of the following side effects persist longer than usual: Constipation, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, skin rash, flushing, vertigo, convulsions, hallucinations, restlessness etc.
How to store Co-codamol Tablets?
Keep Co-Codamol 30/500 mg tablets out of reach and sight of children. Store Co-codamol tablets below 25oC.
Do not take Co-codamol tablets after the expiry date mentioned on the pack and blister strip.