What is Codeine Phosphate Heminhydrate tablets
Codeine Phosphate Heminhydrate’s active ingredient is called codeine phosphate hemihydrate.
Codeine phosphate hemihydrate belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics, which are used to block pain. It is an opioid analgesic, and it acts by blocking pain and your emotional response to pain.
What CODEINE PHOSPHATE HEMIHYDRATE tablets is used for
this medicament tablets is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed this medicament tablets for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicamente tablets has been prescribed for you.
If you have any concerns, you should discuss this with your doctor.
Before you take CODEINE PHOSPHATE HEMIHYDRATE tablets
When you must not take it
Do not take Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets if you are allergic to:
Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate may include red, itchy skin rashes; difficulty breathing; faintness; hay fever and swelling of the face or throat.
this medicament should not be taken if you are experiencing breathing difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.
Do not take Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate if you have had recent biliary tract surgery.
Do not take Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate if you have recently ingested a large amount of alcoholic beverages.
Do not take Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate if you recently have had a head injury or conditions that raise the pressure within your head.
Do not use Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate if you are suffering from diarrhoea caused by poisoning or antibiotics.
Do not take Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate if you have been taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (medicines for treating depression or mood swings, such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine or moclobemide) within the last ten days.
Do not use this medicamente tablets after the expiry date (EXP.) printed on the pack.
If you take it after the expiry date has passed, it may have no effect at all, or worse, there may be an entirely unexpected effect.
Do not purchase or use Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. The tablets should not be taken if they show visible signs of deterioration.
Do not give it to children under the age of 12 years unless your doctor has prescribed it for them.
Like all medicines, Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate should not be used during pregnancy without first consulting your doctor.
this medicament is distributed to the breast milk so it is not recommended for nursing mothers.
Elderly patients are more likely to have less effective kidney function due to age. This may increase the risk of side effects. You should discuss how much Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate to take with your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take it
You must tell your doctor if you are:
Allergic to any other medicines or any foods, dyes or preservatives.
You have any other medical conditions/ health problems including:
A breathing disorder, lung disease or a history of asthma
Liver disease, hepatitis
Kidney disease or difficulty urinating
An underactive thyroid gland
Addison’s disease (low activity of the adrenal glands)
Inflammatory bowel disease or other gastro-intestinal problems
Gallbladder disease or gallstones
A prostate disorder
You are a heavy drinker or drug user
You have had a recent head injury
You have recent biliary tract surgery
You are about to have surgery under a general anaesthetic
You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
You are breastfeeding or intend to breastfeed
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets.
Medicines to help you sleep or relieve anxiety
Anticholinergics, medicines to treat muscle spasms
Medicines used to treat diarrhoea
Medication for epilepsy
Medicines used to treat high blood pressure
Diuretics or fluid tablets
Other opioid analgesics used to block pain
Antihistamines (medicines used to treat allergies such as hay fever, insect bites and some cold remedies)
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (medicines for treating depression) taken within the last 10 days
Metoclopramide, a medicine used to relieve nausea and vomiting
Antidepressant medicines used to treat depression
Naloxone or Naltrexone, medicines used to counteract the effects of opioid analgesics.
Medicines used to relax muscles
Quinidine (a medicine used to treat abnormal or irregular heart beat)
Cimetidine (a medicine used to treat reflux or stomach ulcer)
The above medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets, reduce their own effectiveness and/ or react with Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets resulting in untoward or sometimes dangerous side effects.
This list is not exhaustive. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets.
How to take CODEINE PHOSPHATE HEMIHYDRATE tablets
how much to take
The recommended dose of Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets is:
Adults: 1 to 2 tablets every four to six hours.
how to take it
The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
how long to take it
Continue taking Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets for as long as your doctor tells you to.
If symptoms persist, see your doctor.
If you forget to take it
Take you dose as soon as you remember and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are unsure about whether to take your next dose, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not try to make up for missed doses by taking more than one dose at a time. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted effect.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets.
Codeine Phosphate hemihydrate tablets helps most people in the treatment of mild to moderate pain. However it may have unwanted side effects in some people, especially in elderly patients or those with underlying disorders.
All medicines have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.
Common Side Effects:
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
loss of appetite
nausea (feeling sick)
unable to sleep
Some side effects are potentially serious. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects:
itchy, raised or red skin rash
swelling of face
blurred or double vision
difficulty in urinating (passing water)
Howis Codeine pHosphate is supplied?
it is supplied as follow: tablet 30mg, 60mg