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Solpadeine Max Tablets

Solpadeine Max

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Solpadeine Max is one of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers in the UK. It contains paracetamol, codeine and caffeine and is available as both normal tablets and soluble tablets. Solpadeine Max is suitable for treating acute moderate pain where paracetamol or ibuprofen alone has been ineffective.

You can buy Solpadeine Max tablets online from The Independent Pharmacy by completing a short online consultation for our pharmacy team to ensure you get the best product for you. Our in-house pharmacy can dispatch your treatment to you as quickly as the next working day.

Solpadeine Max information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: N/A

    Breastfeeding: N/A

What is Solpadeine Max?

Solpadeine Max tablets and Solpadeine Max soluble tablets contain codeine and paracetamol which are painkillers that are used to treat acute moderate pain in people over 12 years of age. Acute moderate pain is pain that is short term and will normally interfere with your daily living activities, for example, bad headaches or tooth pain. 

Solpadeine Max additionally contains 30mg of caffeine. Caffeine may improve the effectiveness of paracetamol but also works to counteract the drowsiness that some people may experience as a side effect of codeine. 

Codeine is a painkiller that is part of a group of medicines called opioid analgesics. This particular group of painkillers can cause addiction. Solpadeine Max, therefore, should only be used for a maximum of 3 days. 

If your pain cannot be controlled after 3 days with paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 

Solpadeine Max tablets and soluble tablets are available to buy online at The Independent Pharmacy. All you need to do is complete a short, online consultation for our pharmacists. 

Solpadeine Max can be purchased in boxes of 30 tablets or 32 soluble tablets. It is manufactured by Omega Pharma.

 

What is Solpadeine Max used for?

Solpadeine Max is effective in the treatment of acute moderate pain caused by:

  • Migraine or headaches
  • Dental pain 
  • Period pain 
  • Strains & sprains 
  • Backache 
  • Arthritis, rheumatic pain and sciatica

 

Solpadeine Max headache

Solpadeine Max is effective in the treatment of headaches when the pain is moderate and interferes with daily living activities but should not be used for more than 3 days. 

Solpadeine Max should only be used to treat headaches when the use of simple analgesics such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone have not been effective. It is, however, worth noting that one of the more common side effects of Solpadeine Max is headaches.

The overuse of painkillers to control headaches can cause symptoms to worsen. Headaches can have many causes therefore if you are relying on painkillers to ease headaches for more than 10 days you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Solpadeine Max and other painkillers

Solpadeine Max is suitable to take alongside Ibuprofen or Aspirin.

You must NOT take Solpadeine Max with any other medication that contains either paracetamol or codeine as this can result in an overdose. Taking too much paracetamol can cause serious damage to your liver and kidneys. 

Please be aware that most over-the-counter cold and flu medications also contain paracetamol. 

 

Solpadeine Max and alcohol

Drinking alcohol while taking Solpadeine Max can increase drowsiness as well as some of the other more serious side effects in some people. It is therefore not recommended to consume alcohol when taking Solpadeine Max.

If you do drink alcohol when taking Solpadeine Max and notice you are becoming more drowsy it is advisable to discontinue drinking alcohol. 

 

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Solpadeine Max dosage

Solpadeine Max soluble tablets are to be taken orally and are suitable for people over the age of 12.

Adults: Take 2 tablets or dissolve 2 soluble tablets in a full tumbler of water (200ml), every 4-6 hours as needed. Do not take more frequently than every 4 hours. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. 

Children aged 16 – 18 years: Take 1-2 tablets or dissolve 1-2 soluble tablets in a full tumbler of water (200ml), every 6 hours as needed. Do not take more frequently than every 6 hours. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Children aged 12 – 15 years: Take 1 tablet or dissolve 1 tablet in a full tumbler of water (200ml), every 6 hours as needed. Do not take more frequently than every 6 hours. Do not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.

 

What do I do if I take too much?

Taking 1-2 extra Solpadeine Max tablets in a single occasion is unlikely to be harmful. If this has occurred you should wait at least 24 hours before taking your next dose. 

If you have taken more than this, this can be dangerous and should seek immediate medical advice. An accidental overdose case cause you to become:

  • Very drowsy
  • Nauseous 
  • Dizzy
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Unconscious

Taking too much paracetamol can cause serious damage to your liver and kidneys.

Solpadeine Max side effects

Like with all medication some people will experience side effects when taking Solpadeine Max. 

The most common side effects of taking Solpadeine Max are (more than 1 in 100 people):

  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches

If you experience any of the following side effects stop taking Solpadeine Max straight away and speak to a doctor immediately:

  • Allergic reactions such as a skin rash and itching, swelling of the mouth or face
  • Mouth ulcers 
  • Breathing problems
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and if you are concerned about any unwanted side effects when taking Solpadeine Max, please check the Patient Information Leaflet and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Solpadeine Max Ingredients

Active ingredients: 

Each tablet contains:

  • Paracetamol 500 mg and Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 12.8 mg.

Each soluble tablet contains:

  • Paracetamol 500 mg, Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 12.8 mg and Caffeine 30 mg.

Inactive ingredients:

Each tablet contains:

  • Starch pregelatinised, povidone, maize starch, talc, magnesium stearate, stearic acid, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, macrogol, quinoline yellow (E 104), erythrosine (E 127) and titanium dioxide (E 171). 

Each soluble tablet contains:

  • Sorbitol (E 420), sodium saccharin, sodium bicarbonate, sodium lauryl sulfate, citric acid, sodium carbonate, polyvidone and dimeticone.

Solpadeine Max warnings

Some prescribed medications are not suitable to take alongside Solpadeine Max. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication. 

The codeine contained in Solpadeine Max is transformed into morphine in the liver by an enzyme. In some rare cases, certain people carry a variation of this enzyme that results in a significantly larger amount of morphine being produced. 

If you experience any of the following symptoms after taking Solpadeine Max, stop taking it and you must seek medical advice straight away:

  • slow or shallow breathing
  • confusion
  • sleepiness
  • small pupils

 

Solpadeine Max in Children

  • Solpadeine Max is not recommended in the use of children after tonsil or adenoid removal due to the increased risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Disorder.
  • Solpadeine Max is not recommended for children who experience breathing difficulties as the codeine contained in the product can enhance their symptoms. 

 

Solpadeine Max and driving

Solpadeine Max can increase your drowsiness which may affect your ability to drive. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you are aware of how the medication affects you. 

Under the Drug Driving Law, it is now an offence to drive if this medication affects your ability to drive safely. If you are concerned about how this drug might affect you, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. 

 

Solpadeine Max addiction

Codeine is part of a group of medicines called opioid analgesics which can cause addiction. It is not recommended to take Solpadeine Max for more than 3 consecutive days. If you take this medicine according to the instructions on the pack, it is unlikely you will become addicted to the medicine. 

If you are experiencing any of the following it is, however, possible you have become addicted or are experiencing withdrawal symptoms and you should speak to your doctor:

  • You need to take the medicine for longer periods of time. 
  • You need to take more than the recommended dose. 
  • When you stop taking the medicine you feel very unwell (withdrawal) but you feel better if you start taking the medicine again.

 

Is Solpadeine Max harmful?

The use of Solpadeine Max to treat acute moderate pain is not harmful if used as directed. You should however not take Solpadeine Max for more than 3 consecutive days unless otherwise advised by a medical professional as the ingredient, codeine, can cause addiction. 

The codeine contained in Solpadeine Max is transformed into morphine in the liver by an enzyme. In some rare cases, certain people carry a variation of this enzyme that results in a significantly larger amount of morphine being produced.

If you experience any of the following symptoms after taking Solpadeine Max, stop taking it and you must seek medical advice straight away:

  • slow or shallow breathing
  • confusion
  • sleepiness
  • small pupils

If you take too much Solpadeine Max this can cause breathing difficulties and can cause a loss of consciousness. If you are concerned that you have accidentally taken too much Solpadeine Max, seek medical advice immediately.

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 - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 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 & DPD 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, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

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
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
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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