Solpadol is a type of pain relief that contains both paracetamol and codeine
- Solpadol is a medication that is often used when milder forms of pain relief, such as paracetamol alone or ibuprofen have not relieved the pain
- The generic version of Solpadol is called co-codamol.
- Solpadol is only available on prescription from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist prescriber
- Solpadol is commonly prescribed for joint pain, toothache and migraines
- The codeine in Solpadol can become addictive when used long term, so your prescription should be reviewed regularly to avoid dependence or withdrawal
- It is important to read the patient leaflet for a full list of side effects and cautions.
How Does It Work?
It contains both paracetamol and codeine.
Paracetamol is a common pain killer that works by blocking the chemical messengers of pain. This minimises your sensation of pain.
Codeine is an opioid pain reliever. It blocks the pain signals that would usually travel along the nerves to the brain. With the pain signals blocked in your nervous system, you can expect your pain to subside or disappear altogether.
Taking two different forms of pain relief can help you manage your pain more effectively. By taking the drugs combined in one tablet, you can also minimise the number of pills you need to take each day.
Like all medications, Solpadol can have some side effects. The most common side effects include:
- Nausea and vomiting (feeling sick and being sick)
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed
- Feeling drowsy
If any of these side effects persist or are troublesome, you should speak to a doctor for advice.
Occasionally, some people experience difficulty passing urine, changes to vision and skin rashes when taking Solpadol. If any of these side effects occur, you should speak to a doctor straight away.
If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including breathlessness, lip or tongue swelling, call 999 immediately.
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