over the counter cocodamol is a mixture of paracetamol and codeine. It’s used to treat pain such as headaches, migraines, muscular pain and toothache.
It’s important to take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. If you do not, your condition may not be treated properly or your side effects may get worse. If you’re not sure how long to take it, talk to your doctor. The maximum number of tablets you should have in 24 hours is 8.
This medicine can be habit-forming. This is more likely if you take large amounts for a long time, or if someone else in your family has drunk large amounts of alcohol or used drugs, especially street drugs or prescription medicines. There is also a greater risk if you have depression or another mental illness.
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If you’re taking this medicine to help with an addiction problem, it’s important to seek help from a specialist. They can help you stop using the medicine and reduce withdrawal symptoms if necessary.
Like all medicines, co-codamol can cause side effects. These usually happen in less than 1 in 100 people.
You can find a full list of side effects in the leaflet inside your medicine packet or on the Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC). Always read the leaflet before you start taking this medicine and keep it with your medicine. You can report side effects to the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme. You can find out more about this scheme on the MHRA website.