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.
Solpadol is a potent painkiller made with the active ingredients: codeine phosphate and paracetamol. The medication is also known as co-codamol, or paracetamol and codeine. The two drugs work together to provide relief for severe pain. Typically, Solpadol is given when pain has not been alleviated by painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol. Solpadol is a very effective form of pain relief. You need a prescription for high dosage levels of Solpadol. However, you can obtain the drug without a prescription in lower doses.
What is Solpadol?
Solpadol is pain relief medication that contains a mixture of paracetamol and codeine phosphate. Codeine phosphate belongs to a selection of medications known as opioid analgesics. These medicines relieve pain. Paracetamol, on the other hand, works to block the transmission of pain signals before they relieve pain. Together, Codeine and paracetamol inhibit the enzyme in the brain that supports the transmission of pain signals. When taken as prescribed, they eliminate the symptom of pain. However, Solpadol cannot address the underlying root cause of any pain you may experience.
Children over the age of 12 and adults can use Solpadol for the short-term relief of modern and significant pain. Long-term use of Solpadol is not recommended as it can lead to addiction.
When is Solpadol used?
Solpadol is intended to treat moderate and severe pain. This medication may be prescribed to support patients recovering from an injury or illness, operation, or acute pain. Solpadol is used when other painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol is not effective enough. However, this medication cannot be used for long-term treatment in most cases. Solpadol should always be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Additionally, it's essential for patients to only every take Solpadol for as long as they need it. Extended exposure to codeine phosphate can lead to addition.
Taking painkillers for a headache can also make the pain worse when the same pills are taken frequently, or for extended periods.
How do you use Solpadol?
When Solpadol is prescribed for pain management, patients must always follow the instructions given by their doctor. People who aren't sure how to take the medication should always check with a doctor or pharmacist first. In most cases, you'll be asked to take your Solpadol dosage by mouth, with a glass of water. The typical dose for adults can vary depending on the nature of the pain. Do not exceed the daily dosage prescribed by your doctor. Solpadol is most effective when taken before a meal. There are different types of this medication available, including capsules, and effervescent tablets. If you have the effervescent tablets, dissolve them in half a glass of water and drink all of the single dose in one go. If you forget to take Solpadol, make sure that you take it as soon as you remember. However, if you're almost on time to take your next dose, skip the dose that you missed. Don't take two doses close together. Leave at least four hours between each dose.
Long term usage of Solpadol can lead to dependence and tolerance. If you take regular daily doses of this medication for a long time, do not adjust the dose suddenly without discussing your situation with your doctor first. Importantly, if you take too much Solpadol by accident (one or two tablets), then it's unlikely that the substance will be harmful. However, you should wait at least 24 hours before taking any more. Taking any more than one or two extra tablets is very dangerous. If you take an accidental overdose, you may feel dizzy, sick, or sleep. Some people find it difficult to breathe. Contact a hospital immediately in case of a suspected overdose.
What dosages are available?
Solpadol usually comes with 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of codeine phosphate in each tablet. Usually, you will be able to find Solpadol in packs of effervescent tablets with either 32, 100, or 232 tablets. There are also regular packets of Solpadol capsules available. The common dose for adults and children over the age of 12 is one or two tablets every four hours. Do not take more than eight tablets in total over 24 hours. Remember, always follow your doctor's instructions with this medication.
Solpadol is not suitable for children in the dosage described above.
If you have purchased a low dosage of Solpadol from your pharmacy, do not use it for longer than three days at a time. If you still have pain after 3 days, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
What are the Side Effects of Solpadol?
Like any kind of medication, Solpadol can cause some patients to experience minor side effects. Most common side effects for Solpadol are linked to allergic reactions, such as skin rashes. Other, less common side effects include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the ankles, feet, throat, lips or face
- Difficulty swallowing
- Lumpy or itchy rash
- Skin reactions
If you experience any of the above side effects, stop taking Solpadol straight away and contact your doctor. You should also contact your doctor if you start to experience the following side effects. These conditions usually occur after a few days of taking Solpadol:
- Feeling dependent on taking the drug
- Lightheadedness, confusion, and drowsiness
- Vomiting and Nausea
- Difficulty passing water
- Experiencing common infections and bruising
- Red skin and lumpy rashes
If you have trouble breathing or can't swallow properly, then you may need to go straight to a hospital. Problems breathing and throat, mouth, neck, or lip swelling could indicate a severe allergic reaction to the medication.
When shouldn't you use Solpadol?
Solpadol may not be suitable for some patients. If you are allergic to codeine phosphate, paracetamol, or any other listed ingredients in Solpadol, do not take it. Allergic reactions can appear in multiple forms, including rashes, unexpected swelling of the legs, arms, face, tongue or throat, and breathing problems.
If you experience severe asthma attacks or breathing problems, do not take Solpadol, and inform your doctor if your situation. You should also not take Solpadol if you have recently had a serious injury to your head, or if your doctor has told you that you have increased pressure on your brain. Tell your doctor before you begin taking the medicine if you:
- Recently had an operation on your liver, bile duct, or gall bladder
- If you have taken any Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, or "MAOIs" to treat depression (in the last 2 weeks)
- Are an alcoholic or know that you metabolize codeine very quickly
- Have an illness that may cause unexpected fits
- Are trying to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or are trying to become pregnant
- Have problems with your liver
- Are less than eighteen years old and have had your adenoids or tonsils removed due to a problem with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
Take special care with Solpadol if you have problems passing water or suffer from issues with your prostate. If you have bowel conditions such as a blocked bowel, Crohn's disease, or colitis, make sure that your doctor is aware. People who are elderly, or frail should also be careful with Solpadol. This substance can make you dizzy or drowsy and may lead to a fall.
Keep in mind that alcohol intensifies the effect of Solpadol, and it's advisable to stop drinking alcohol when you're taking this medication. You will also need to be cautious when driving as Solpadol can cause people to feel drowsy and dizzy.
Does Solpadol interact with any other medications?
It is safe to take Solpadol with other pain killers like aspirin and Ibuprofen. However, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have been taking any other medications recently. This will include any medicines obtained without a prescription and herbal products. Solpadol can affect the way that other medications work, and other medicines may also change the way that Solpadol works. For instance, concomitant use of sedative medications and co-codamol increases the risk of difficulties in breathing, and drowsiness. Using benzodiazepines and Solpadine together can lead to risk of coma and may also be life-threatening. If your doctor does prescribe sedative medications and Solpadol together, make sure that you follow the dosage restrictions given by your doctor.
Ensure that you also tell your doctor about all of the other treatments that you are taking. You should not be taking any other medications that contain paracetamol when you're using Solpadol. This includes various painkillers, cold and cough remedies, and a range of other medicines like Tramacet and Co-dryamol. Tell your doctor before you take Solpadol if you are using any of the following medications:
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) to treat depression: inform your doctor if you have taken these medications in the last 2 weeks
- Medicines that make you sleepy or drowsy such as benzodiazepines and CNS depressants
- Medications that thin the blood like warfarin
- Blood cholesterol level medications like Colestramine
- The oral contraceptive pill
- Domperidone or Metoclopramide to reduce nausea and sickness
- Chloramphenicol: an antibiotic commonly used for infections
- Epilepsy medications
It's not possible to say whether herbal teas and medicines are safe to take with Solpadol at this time. Speak to your doctor if you are using herbal remedies.
Where can you buy Solpadol?
The only legal and safe way to purchase Solpadol is through a registered pharmacy with a prescription from your doctor either online or in a local drug store. The service that you choose must be regulated and fully registered with the appropriate authorities. If your request for Solpadol is deemed reasonable after an assessment or medical questionnaire, then a prescription will be issued for you.
Can you get Solpadol without a prescription?
Solpadol tablets come in different strengths and will almost always require a prescription in most countries. Higher strengths are only available from your doctor with a prescription because they come with an increased risk of addiction and other side-effects. Higher dosages of Solpadol can also lead to problems with tolerance.
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