A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
Living with pain can be tough. It affects every aspect of your life and sometimes even sleep brings no respite. When your pain is poorly managed it is even harder to live a normal life. If you suffer from an illness that is causing you pain on a daily basis then you are likely to seek medical assistance to help manage the pain. Without medical assistance living with pain can lead to more damaging effects on both your mind and body. You may be unable to carry out your daily activities, stop socializing and become isolated. Coping with the effects of pain on your life can also be mentally challenging. Painkillers can help achieve a level of normality, removing or lessening the pain and increasing mobility. With less pain, you’ll be able to return to your daily activities and start making the most of life again
What is Remedeine Forte?
Remedeine Forte is an analgesic type of painkiller that provides relief for moderate to severe pain, particularly the likes of dental or migraine pain. It is a branded version of Co-dydramol, a compound analgesic made up of paracetamol and dihydrocodeine. Remedeine Forte contains 500mg of Paracetamol. Paracetamol is a well-known painkiller that reduces fever. It also contains 30mg of Dihydrocodeine, a mild opioid painkiller that helps suppress coughing. These two ingredients combined make for a strong painkiller that can provide up to six hours of pain relief.
Remedeine works by reducing the level of pain signals being sent to the brain. The Dihydrocodeine binds the opioid receptors within the body, these are found all over the body and are responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. By binding these, dihydrocodeine blocks the transmission pathway for pain, meaning you will no longer feel the pain.
When is Remedeine Forte used?
Remedeine Forte is used for moderate to severe pain when paracetamol alone is not working. It is particularly used for the following types of pain:
- Dental pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Severe period pain
- Nerve pain
- Rheumatic pain (gout, arthrosis, arthritis)
- Pain from flu or another illness
- Persistent tickly coughs caused by the flu or colds
How do you use Remedeine Forte?
Remedeine should be taken with or after meals. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water, do not chew or gnaw on the tablet. Remedeine should not be taken regularly for a prolonged period of time as your body will become tolerant to the drug making it less effective. You can also become dependant on the dihydrocodeine so Remedeine Forte should be taken at the lowest dose for the shortest possible time to provide the necessary relief.
What dosages are there?
Remedeine Forte contains 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of dihydrocodeine. You should take the dose that your doctor prescribes. As a general rule adults and children over 12 years of age should take one or two tablets if necessary, four times a day. Do not exceed 8 tablets within 24 hours. Children under the age of 12 should not take Remedeine Forte. You can also get Remedeine in a slightly lower dosage of 500mg paracetamol and 20mg dihydrocodeine. This is simply called Remedeine, not Remedeine Forte.
If you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember and then carry on as before, leaving the appropriate time gap between tablets. Do not take a double dose. Remedeine Forte comes in packs of 112 or 224 tablets.
What are the side effects of Remedeine Forte?
As with all medicines, Remedeine Forte has some side effects although not everyone taking it will experience them. Taking painkillers for your headache too often or over a prolonged period of time may actually make your headache worse.
Common side effects are:
- Feeling sleepy
- Rashes or itchiness
- Slower reaction times
- Back pain
- Nausea or vomiting
If these last two problems continue after a few days of taking the medicine your doctor may be able to prescribe laxatives or anti-sickness medicine to help. Other possible side effects that affect less than 1 in 100 people are:
- Unpleasant or uncomfortable moods
- Difficulty passing urine
- Withdrawal symptoms: agitation, anxiety, shaking or sweating when you stop taking the tablets.
- Inflammation of the pancreas: symptoms are severe pain in the lower back and stomach
Speak to your doctor about changing your medication if you are experiencing unpleasant side effects. It is also possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Remedeine Forte. If you think you are having an allergic reaction contact emergency services straight away. Signs of a serious allergic reaction include:
- A red itchy, swollen or blistered skin rash
- Difficulty breathing or talking
- A tight feeling in your chest or throat
- Swelling around your face, mouth, throat or tongue
When shouldn’t you use Remedeine Forte?
Do not take Remedeine Forte if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or to analgesics in general. Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without speaking to your doctor first. Other conditions which prevent you from using Remedeine Forte are:
- Breathing problems
- Raised blood pressure
- Hypersensitivity to paracetamol, dihydrocodeine or any other ingredient
- Organ dysfunction
- Raised pressure within the skull
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when you are taking Remedeine Forte as it can cause side effects of drowsiness, nausea and dizziness, affecting your ability to stay safe.
Does Remedeine Forte interact with other medications?
Remedeine Forte does interact with other medication, your doctor will have a full list of medication that should not be taken with Remedeine Forte. Make sure you discuss any medication you are taking, including herbal supplements with your prescribing doctor. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Any other medication containing paracetamol
- Medication to help you sleep
- Medication for a mental disorder
- Medication for depression or anxiety
- Medication to help thin your blood or prevent clotting
- A type of medicine known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor ( or have taken this type of medication within the last two weeks)
You should avoid drinking alcohol whilst taking Remedeine Forte.
Where can you buy Remedeine Forte?
Remedeine Forte is available from your pharmacy with a prescription.
Can I get Remedeine Forte without a prescription?
No, Remedeine Forte is a prescription only medicine. You will need to consult a doctor and get a prescription to buy it.