order co-codamol is a painkiller that contains codeine and paracetamol. It comes as tablets and capsules that you swallow whole or dissolve in water to make a drink. Co-codamol is available in 3 strengths, each containing 8mg, 15mg or 30mg of codeine and 500mg of paracetamol. The lowest strength, 8/500, is available without a prescription but the higher strengths (15/500 and 30/500) are only available with a doctor’s prescription. Adults should take 1 or 2 tablets (of any strength) every 4 to 6 hours and leave at least 4 to 6 hours between doses. Leaving longer between doses increases the risk of side effects.
Like all medicines, co-codamol can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Most of the time, they’re mild and go away on their own, but some can be serious. You may be more likely to get side effects if you take the higher strengths of co-codamol.
Co-Codamol and Driving: What You Should Know
The codeine in co-codamol is a narcotic that can lead to mental or physical dependence. It can also increase the chance of having a fit (seizure) or an accident, especially if you drive or operate machinery while taking it.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid taking codeine as it can pass into breast milk and affect your baby. Instead, ask your doctor for advice about other painkillers that are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Also tell your doctor if you’re taking any other medicines, including complementary or herbal remedies, as they may affect how well this medicine works.