co codamol 8mg (pronounced ko-co-da-mol) is a combination of 2 different painkillers – paracetamol and codeine. It is used to treat a range of aches and pains including headaches, muscular pain, migraine and toothache. It can also be used if other painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen don’t work. It comes as tablets and capsules and is available in 3 strengths. The lowest strength can be bought without a prescription from a pharmacy but higher strengths must only be taken on prescription from your doctor. It is important that you leave a gap of 4 to 6 hours between taking each dose. Too much co-codamol can cause liver damage.
The most common side effects from co-codamol are constipation and feeling sick (nausea) or being sleepy. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication and should only be given it under a doctor’s supervision. If you experience any of these side effects speak to your pharmacist or doctor immediately.
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You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking co-codamol as it can make you feel dizzy or drowsy. It is also a good idea to stay off driving and using tools or machinery if you are affected by the drug.
Long term use of codeine-based drugs like co-codamol can lead to addiction and withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to seek help for a co-codamol addiction as soon as you notice the signs and symptoms, and Priory has a team of holistic experts who can help you safely withdraw from this drug under medical supervision.