can you buy co-codamol over the counter is a combination of two medicines: paracetamol and codeine. It is used to treat moderate pain such as headache, migraine, rheumatic or muscular pain and toothache when other painkillers (such as ibuprofen) don’t relieve the pain. It is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
It is possible to become addicted to the codeine in this medicine if it is taken regularly, especially over a long time period. Your prescriber should explain how long you need to take it for and discuss with you ways to stop taking it safely when the time is right. If you suddenly stop taking it, you may experience drug withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, anxiety, diarrhea and shaking.
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If you drink alcohol while taking this medication it can increase the chance of getting side effects such as breathing difficulties, heart problems or going into a coma. It is also likely to reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.
Always take this medication exactly as your prescriber tells you to. Taking more than the recommended dose increases your chances of having serious side effects.
Take this medication with food if you can. Do not drink milk after taking it unless your doctor advises you to do so. Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients. It can also affect other medicines you are taking, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before combining any of these.