Co-Codamol 8/500mg Soluble Tablets

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.

  • 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.

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.


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

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