Almus Co-Codamol 8/500mg tablets (pack of 32)

Item Number: COCODAM85

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Description

Paracetamol and Codeine Tablets

Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol and 8mg codeine phosphate.

Therapeutic indications
For the short-term treatment of acute moderate pain which is not relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone such as headaches, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, dysmenorrhoea and rheumatic pain.

Codeine is indicated in patients older than 12 years of age for the treatment of acute moderate pain which is not considered to be relieved by other analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (alone).

Posology

Do not take continuously for more than 3 days without consulting your doctor.

Adults: Two tablets, taken with a glass of water every four to six hours when necessary up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Children aged 16 to 18 years: One to two tablets every 6 hours when necessary up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Children aged 12 to 15 years: One tablet every six hours when necessary to a maximum of four tablets in 24 hours.

Paediatric population

Children aged less than 12 years: Codeine should not be used in children below the age of 12 years because of the risk of opioid toxicity due to the variable and unpredictable metabolism of codeine to morphine (see section 4.3 and 4.4).

Method of administration

For oral administration.

Contraindications
• Hypersensitivity to the active substances or any of the other excipients listed in section 6.1.

• In all paediatric patients (0-18 years of age) who undergo tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome due to an increased risk of developing serious and life-threatening adverse reactions (see section 4.4)

• In women during breastfeeding

Special warnings and precautions for use
Paediatric population

Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

Care is advised in the administration of paracetamol to patients with severe renal or severe hepatic impairment. The hazard of overdose is greater in those with non-cirrhotic alcoholic liver disease.

Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage.

The label will state:

Front of pack

• Can cause addiction

• For three days use only

• For pain relief

Back of pack

• For the short term treatment of acute moderate pain when other painkillers have not worked. Wait at least 4 hours after you last took other painkillers before taking this medicine.

• Headaches, migraine, toothache, neuralgia, period pains and rheumatic pains

• If you need to take this medicine for more than 3 days you should see your doctor or pharmacist.

• This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. If you take this medicine for headaches for more than 3 days, it can make them worse

The leaflet will state:

Important things you should know about co-codamol

• This medicine can only be used for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain when other painkillers have not worked

• You should only take this product for a maximum of 3 days at a time. If you need to take it for longer than three days you should see your doctor or pharmacist for advice

• This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it

• If you take this medicine for headaches for more than 3 days it can make them worse

Section 1: What co-codamol is and what it is used for

• It is an analgesic (painkiller) and is used for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain caused by headaches, migraine, toothache, neuralgia, period pain and rheumatic pains. When other painkillers have not worked. Wait at least 4 hours after you last took other painkillers before taking this medicine.

Section 2: Before you take co-codamol

• This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it

• If you take a painkiller for headaches for more than 3 days it can make them worse

Section 3: How to take co-codamol

• Do not take for more than 3 days. If you need to use this medicine for more than 3 days you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist

• This medicine contains codeine and can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. When you stop taking it you may get withdrawal symptoms. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Section 4: Possible side effects

This will appear at the end of section 4:

How do I know if I am addicted?

If you take this medicine according to the instructions on the pack it is unlikely that you will become addicted to the medicine. However, if the following apply to you it is important that you talk to your doctor:

• You need to take the medicine for longer periods of time

• You need to take more than the recommended dose

• When you stop taking this medicine you feel very unwell but you feel better if you start taking the medicine again

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