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Co-Codamol – Uses and Abuses

CoCodamol is a ‘compound analgesic’ medication, made from the combination of  codeine phosphate and paracetamol or acetaminophen. While it is used in the treatment of various types of pain, patients who want to buy Co-Codamol will have to get a prescription from their doctor for certain forms of this medication.

This painkiller is fairly unique in that it possess three different strengths. In the UK, the ‘weakest’ strength is commonly found over-the-counter at many pharmacies or by request from the pharmacist who may ask you a few questions about any other medications you might be taking. The strongest forms of Co-Codamol,  however,  need a prescription from a licenced doctor and should be purchased from a UK licenced pharmacy like this one.  Unlike the US, in the UK you can get a legal prescription for Co-Codamol from a licenced doctor online.

How Co-Codamol works

The paracetamol in Co-Codamol isn’t what determines the strength of this medication. In fact, the same prescribed amount of paracetamol remains in all strengths of Co-Codamol, as it’s the most effective amount of paracetamol used in this medication to treat pain. What separates some forms of Co-Codamol from others is the amount of codeine in its formulation.

The amount of codeine present in Co-Codamol can change the strength of the medication itself. Over-the-counter versions of Co-Codamol contain the least amount of codeine, while the stronger versions naturally contain more codeine in its formulation, typically 30mg.

Co-Codamol is mainly used to relieve painful and often short-term conditions when using paracetamol and other similar medications isn’t enough to cope with mild to moderate pain. This medication is usually prescribed in the treatment of nerve pain, tooth ache, muscular pain and menstrual pain.

How to use Co-Codamol

Co-Codamol is available as capsules, tablets and effervescent (dissolving) tablets. People can buy Co-Codamol online at many reputable online pharmacies or at a local pharmacy, provided they have a prescription for stronger versions or can get one from their online clinic.

Adult patients should take 1 to 2 Co-Codamol tablets or capsules once every four to six hours or as needed. Patients should always leave up to 4 hours between doses; patients shouldn’t take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. If taking dissolving Co-Codamol tablets, it’s advised to dissolve the tablets in a glass of water before consumption.

Co-Codamol should only be taken for a short term period of time; it’s advised to not take this medication for more than three days. Painkillers that contain codeine are known to cause patients to develop dependencies or other health complications; people do experience complications after taking this medication should consult their doctor for medical advice.