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Co-Codamol 8/500mg Soluble Tablets

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Co-Codamol 8/500mg Soluble Tablets (100)

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Product Information

  • Age: N/A

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Co-codamol 8/500mg tablets relieve mild to moderate pain including migraines. The effervescent tablets are dissolved in water prior to consumption and provide faster pain relief.

Co-codamol 8/500mg tablets contain:

  • Paracetamol, a painkiller that relieves mild to moderate pain. It is believed to reduce the production of prostaglandins—sensitive nerve endings causing pain—in the brain and spinal cord. 
  • Codeine phosphate, an opioid painkiller. Opioid painkillers work similarly to natural pain-reducing chemicals produced in the brain called endorphins. Codeine acts on the same opioid receptors as the endorphins and blocks pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. Although though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is felt.

Co-codamol is a combination painkiller that can be used to stop and prevent pain. It is available in three strengths, the lowest is Co-codamol is 8/500.

Do not exceed the recommended dose. Co-codamol contains paracetamol, so do not take it with other paracetamol-containing medications. If you need to take Co-codamol for more than 3 days, consult your doctor or pharmacist as regular, long-term use of codine can lead to addiction. Long-term use of painkillers for headaches can make them worse. 

Codeine is converted into morphine (the pain killer) in the liver by an enzyme. Some people already have a variation of this enzyme and this can affect people in different ways. In some, morphine is not produced or produced such small quantities, that it will not relieve pain. In some people a very high amount of morphine is produced which can cause the following side effects: Slow or shallow breathing, confusion, sleepiness, feeling or being sick, small pupils, constipation and/or lack of appetite. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of these conditions.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take or have recently taken any other medications.

Do not take other medications which contain paracetamol while taking Co-codamol. This includes some pain killers, cough and cold remedies and a wide range of prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take any the following:

  • Blood thinners such as warfarin.
  • Metoclopramide or domperidone –treatments for nausea and vomiting.
  • Colestyramine – for treating high cholesterol.

Co-codamol can make you sleepy or dizzy and therefore can affect your driving capability. While taking Co-codamol, please:

  • Do not drive until you know how this medication affects you.
  • It is a legal offence to drive if this medicine affects your driving capabilities.
  • However, you would not be committing an offence if the medication was prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and you took it according to your doctor’s instructions or the information provided with the medication and it did not affect your ability to drive. 

Co-codamol contains sodium and sorbitol.

  • Each effervescent tablet contains 388mg of sodium. This may harm people on a low sodium diet.
  • Sorbiotol is a type of sugar. If you cannot tolerate some sugars, consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medications and inform your doctor of medications you take or intend to take.

Non-Prescription Alternatives for the treatment of Pain are;

  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Aspirin
  • Topical Treatments (Ibuprofen gel)
  • Rest the area

If your pain does not ease or becomes severe, contact your GP or Pharmacist for further advice.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.
  • Adults 18 years and over can take one or two Co-codamol tablets every four to six hours for pain-relief. Do not exceed eight tablets in 24 hours.
  • Take Co-codamol with or without food.
  • Dissolve soluble or effervescent Co-codamol tablets in a small glass of water before taking.

Using a painkiller to relieve headaches too frequently or for too long can worsen them. Regular, long-term use of codeine can lead to addiction, which might cause feelings of restlessness and irritability when you stop the tablets. The medication may also cause constipation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and/or confusion.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in a different way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Active ingredients:

Codeine phosphate 8mg and Paracetamol 500mg

Inactive ingredients:

Sorbitol, saccharin sodium, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium carbonate, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, povidone and dimeticone

Read the following warnings carefully to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

This medication contains codeine which can be addictive if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can result in withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the medication.

Headaches may worsen if you treat them with a painkiller for more than 3 days.

Do not take Co-codamol and tell your doctor if:

  • You are allergic any of the active or inactive ingredients in this medication.
  • The person being treated is under 12 years of age. Co-codamol is not suitable for children under 12.
  • You are under 18 and have had your tonsils or adenoids removed due to sleep apnoea syndrome.
  • You know that you metabolise codeine into morphine rapidly.
  • You are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.



Take special care and check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Co-codamol if:

  • You have kidney or liver problems.
  • You have a liver problem caused by alcohol.


Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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