Veganin Tablets provide short-term relief from acute moderate pain. Veganin are usually taken when other painkillers, such as paracetamol, have proven ineffective. Veganin Tablets should not be taken less than 4 hours after taking other painkillers. Veganin Tablets contain the active ingredients:
- Paracetamol 500mg
- Codeine Phosphate 8mg
Veganin should only be taken in the short-term (up to 3 days). It provides effective relief from:
- Period pain
- Muscular and rheumatic pain
- Sprains and strains
Veganin should not be taken by anyone under the age of 12 years. Veganin should only be used if your pain is not being adequately relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone.
Veganin contains paracetamol, which is used to relieve mild to moderate pain and fever. It is believed to work by reducing the production of the pain-triggering chemical prostaglandins. Prostaglandins sensitise nerve endings, which in turn causes the pain sensation. By reducing their production, paracetamol is thought to increase our pain threshold. So even though the cause of the pain is still there, it is no longer felt as much.
Veganin also contains codeine, which is a slightly stronger painkilling medicine called an opioid. Opioids work by mimicking the actions of endorphins, which is the body's natural pain-relieving chemical. Codeine works on the same opioid receptors as endorphins. This action blocks the transmission of pain signals being sent from the nerves to the brain. This results in less pain being felt.
Veganin also contains caffeine, which acts as a weak stimulant that can enhance the pain-relieving effects of paracetamol. It can also work to counteract the drowsiness that can be caused by codeine.
The amount of codeine contained in Veganin Tablets is unlikely to cause significant drowsiness. However, if you find yourself affected in this way, you should avoid driving, operating heavy machinery and drinking alcohol.
As of March 2015, a new 'drug driving' law has come into force. This allows the police to use roadside drug tests to check for prohibited substances. One such prohibited substance is morphine. When codeine is metabolised in the liver it is converted into morphine. This means it may be an offence to drive if you are taking Veganin Tablets. You should not drive if you suspect Veganin may affect your ability to do so safely. For example; if the tablets make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or if they make it difficult for you to concentrate. Also, if they affect your vision in any way.
Do not take Veganin with any other product that contains paracetamol. Most over-the-counter painkillers and cough/cold remedies contain paracetamol. It is important to check the ingredients of any medicines you buy before taking them with Veganin. Alternatively, ask your pharmacist for advice.
Whilst taking Veganin, avoid consuming excessive amounts of caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea and canned drinks, such as cola). Excessive consumption could result in caffeine related side effects, such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, palpitations, irritability, and headaches.
Different people can react differently to the same medicine. The way codeine is metabolised can vary from person to person. For some, this may lead to an increased risk of experiencing side effects. These include:
- Reduced levels of consciousness
- Slow, shallow breathing
- 'pin-point' pupils
- Lack of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
If you experience any of the above side effects, you should discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice straight away.
If you are finding that Veganin isn't effectively controlling your pain, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take Veganin for any longer than 3 days without speaking with you doctor or pharmacist. Continued use will likely result in the body becoming tolerant to this medicine, reducing its effectiveness. Prolonged use can also cause a codeine dependency. As a result, when you stop taking Veganin you may begin to suffer withdrawal symptoms, such as restlessness and irritability.
Veganin Tablets can interact with other medicines. Veganin should not be taken if any of the following apply:
- You are taking or have taken a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days
- You are taking any other medicine that contains paracetamol
- If taken with the following medicines, Veganin may increase the likelihood of experiencing drowsiness; antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, sedating antihistamines, sleeping tablets, other opioid painkillers, and tricyclic antidepressants
- If taken with domperidone or metoclopramide, Veganin can reduce muscular activity in the gut, which may oppose their effect
- If taken with antimuscarinic medicines, Veganin can increase the risk of side effects, such as constipation, dry mouth and blurred vision
- If taken with antimobility drugs, such as loperamide, Veganin can pose a risk of severe constipation