What is Zapain?
Zapain is a compound painkiller that contains the active ingredients paracetamol and codeine. Paracetamol is known for its fever-reducing and pain-relieving qualities. Codeine is a suppressant which blocks pain signals and the cough reflex. This combination makes Zapain a very powerful painkiller that works quickly and effectively.
When is it used?
Zapain can be used when paracetamol alone does not suffice to control the pain. It is prescribed to treat moderate pain symptoms, either with or without fever. Zapain is used to treat headache, pain and fever due to the flu, dry cough, toothache, rheumatic pain, post-operative pain, pain from injuries or pain caused by other factors.
How to use Zapain
Zapain is available in tablet or capsule form and should be swallowed whole, without chewing, with some water. It is best to take Zapain during meals to avoid stomach distress. Zapain works quickly but only gives temporary relief. If the effect has worn off, be sure to wait at least four hours before taking the next dose.
Each tablet or capsule of Zapain contains 500 mg paracetamol and 30 mg codeine. Zapain is available in packs of 100. Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the general recommended dose is:
- Adults: One to two tablets/capsules every four hours, with a maximum of eight tablets or capsules a day.
- Young adults (aged 12-18): One to two tablets/capsules every six hours, with a maximum of eight tablets or capsules a day, for no more than three consecutive days.
Zapain is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Zapain may cause side effects. Possible side effects include:
- Constipation (this can be alleviated by drinking plenty of fluids and eating fibre-rich foods)
- Impaired reaction times: drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness
- Stomach complaints (nausea, vomiting)
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.
Zapain should only be used in consultation with a doctor if you are pregnant, are trying to conceive or are breastfeeding.
The codeine in Zapain may affect your ability to react. Please be aware of this and do not participate in traffic if you are experiencing side effects.
Alcohol and codeine amplify each other’s effect, increasing the risk of drowsiness and dizziness. It is therefore advisable to stop or reduce alcohol consumption when you are taking Zapain.