Solpadeine Max Tablets

Solpadeine Max Tablets & Soluble Tablets

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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