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Solpadeine Max Tablets

Solpadeine Max

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Solpadeine Max Tablets: For quick and effective relief of pains, aches, strains and sprains, try Solpadeine Max Tablets. They combine codeine and paracetamol for one of the best performing painkillers on the market.

Solpadeine Max relieves short-term, acute mild to moderate pain such as period pain, headache, toothache, migraine, muscular and rheumatic pain, backache (lumbago) sprains, strains and sciatica in adults.

Solpadeine Max should only be used if the pain has not responded to paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone.

Paracetamol is a painkilling medication that relieves mild to moderate pain and fever. It is thought to reduce the production of pain-causing prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord. By reducing their production, paracetamol may increase our pain threshold, so that although the cause of the pain remains, we don’t feel it as much.

Codeine is a slightly stronger, opioid painkiller. Opioid painkillers mimic the action of natural pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins that are produced in the brain and spinal cord. Codeine acts on the same opioid receptors as natural endorphins, blocking the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. For this reason, even though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.

Solpadeine Max tablets and soluble tablets contain 12.8mg of codeine which, in combination with the paracetamol, relieves mild to moderate pain. The caffeine in the soluble tablets provides a weak stimulant and may slightly enhance paracetamol’s painkilling effects. It may also counteract any drowsiness caused by the codeine. 

Codeine can cause drowsiness, although with the small dose included in Solpadeine Max, this is very unlikely. If you do find that this medication makes you sleepy or dizzy you should avoid drinking alcohol, driving and operating machinery. 

In March 2015 a new ‘drug driving’ law came into effect that allows police to use roadside tests to check for the presence of prohibited drugs in a driver’s saliva. The medications prohibited by the law include morphine. Since codeine is converted into morphine by the liver, it may be an offence to drive while you are taking Solpadeine Max. Do not drive if you think this medication affects your ability to drive safely, or if it makes you feel sleepy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision.

People vary in the way that their body metabolises codeine. For some people this may lead to an increased chance of side effects, such as reduced levels of consciousness; lack of appetite; slow, shallow breathing; ‘pin-point’ pupils; constipation; sleepiness or nausea and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Solpadeine Max and seek medical advice immediately. For other people the codeine may be less effective. If you find this medication doesn’t relieve your symptoms, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take Solpadeine Max with any other paracetamol-containing products. Paracetamol is a common ingredient in man over-the-counter painkillers and cold and flu remedies. Be sure to check the ingredients of any medications you buy without a prescription before taking them in combination with Solpadeine Max. Ask your pharmacist for more advice.

An overdose of paracetamol is dangerous and can cause serious damage to the liver and kidneys. Never exceed the recommended dose of Solpadeine Max. Get medical advice immediately in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because you risk delayed, serious liver damage. • Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage that can occur in the event of a paracetamol overdose. The hazards of paracetamol overdose are greater in heavy drinkers and in people with alcoholic liver disease.

Do not take Solpadeine Max for longer than three days without consulting your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you take Solpadeine Max regularly for long periods of time, your body can build a tolerance to it and it may not effectively ease your pain. With prolonged use, your body can also become dependent on the codeine. As a result, when you stop taking the medication you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness and irritability.

Taking a painkiller to relieve headaches too often or for too long can cause the headaches to worsen.

Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine (e.g. tea, coffee, canned drinks like cola) while taking Solpadeine Max soluble tablets, because this may increase the chance of caffeine-related side effects such as difficulty sleeping, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, palpitations or headaches. If you take the medication according to the instructions on the pack, it is unlikely that you will become addicted to the medication. However, if any of the following apply to you, talk to your doctor:  

  • You feel the need to take the medication for longer periods of time.
  • Your symptoms do not improve.
  • When you stop taking the medication, you feel very unwell.
  • You improve if you start taking the medicine again.

Solpadeine Max Tablets should not be used for more than 3 days and not administered to children under the age of 12. Solpadeine Max is classified as P, hence Solpadeine Max tablets are available over-the-counter (without prescription) from pharmacies only. Pharmacist Tip Avoid alcohol while taking Sopadeine Max tablets, as it can make the drowsiness worse. For extra pain relief, you can take ibuprofen or aspirin with Solpadeine Max.

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 and elderly: Take 2 Solpadeine Max tablets every 4 hours as needed. A period of 4 hours must be left between the doses. Avoid taking more than 8 tablets in 24 hour period. Not recommended for use in children under 12.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Solpadeine Max tablets, however if you do they can include: 

Dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, nausea, dyspepsia and vomiting.

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

The active ingredients contained in Solpadeine Max tablets are

Paracetamol 500mg and codeine phosphate hemihydrate 12.8mg. 

The medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product: 

Starch Pregelatinised, Povidone, Potassium Sorbate (E202), Maize Starch, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodiu, Lactose Monohydrate, Hypromellose, Macrogol, Quinoline Yellow (E104), Erythrosine (E127) and Titanium Dioxide (E171).

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product. 

  • In case of an overdose, seek medical advice immediately, even if you feel fine. 
  • Solpadeine Max tablets contain codeine which might be a cause of addiction, if taken continuously for more than 3 days. 
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have to take this medication continuously for more than 3 days. 
  • Using this medication for headaches for more than 3 days can make the condition worse. 
  • Avoid taking these tablets with other medication containing paracetemol. 
  • If you are pregnant or taking any other medication then consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication. 
  • Consult your doctor, if symptoms persist. 
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. 

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

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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Reviewed on: 10-01-2019

Next review date: 10-01-2021

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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