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Codeine Phosphate 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg Tablets
Read all of this leaflet before you start taking this medicine
Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours. Buy codeine phosphate 30mg UK
If any of the side effects becomes serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Codeine Phosphate 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Codeine Phosphate 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg Tablets
3. How to take Codeine Phosphate 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Codeine Phosphate 15 mg, 30 mg and 60 mg Tablets
6. Further information
1. WHAT CODEINE PHOSPHATE TABLETS 15 MG, 30 MG, AND 60 MG TABLETS ARE AND
WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Codeine Phosphate 15mg, 30mg or 60mg Tablets. The active
ingredient is codeine phosphate.
This product contains codeine. Codeine belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics
which act to relieve pain. It can be used on its own or in combination with other painkillers such
Codeine can be used in children over 12 years of age for the short-term relief of moderate pain
that is not relieved by other painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen alone.
It can also be used to prevent coughs and to treat the symptoms of chronic diarrhoea.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CODEINE PHOSPHATE 15 MG, 30 MG AND 60 MG TABLETS
Do not take this medication:
if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients of Codeine Phosphate 15
mg, 30 mg and 60 mg tablets or any other medicines that you may have taken to relieve pain.
(allergic reactions include mild symptoms such as itching and/or rash. More severe
symptoms include swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat with difficulty in swallowing
if you have severe respiratory depression (e.g. asthma, breathing difficulties or problems)
if due to heavy alcohol intake you have a risk of (paralytic ileus) paralysis or inactivity of the
intestine that prohibits the passage of material within the intestine
if you have a raised pressure in your head (intracranial pressure) or a head injury
if you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
for pain relief in children and adolescents (0-18 years of age) after removal of their tonsils or
adenoids due to obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
if you know that you metabolise codeine into morphine very rapidly
Take special care with this medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
you have liver or kidney problems
you have a history of asthma, liver or kidney problems, or drug abuse
you have low blood pressure
your doctor has told you that you have underactive thyroid glands (produces low quantities of
you have Addison’s disease (inadequate secretion of corticosteroid hormones by the adrenal
you have an enlarged prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy)
you have severe abdominal problems e.g. ulcers or gas in the gut
you have recently had surgery on your stomach
you have gallstones
you have a history of heart disease or failure; or convulsions
Codeine is transformed to morphine in the liver by an enzyme. Morphine is the substance that
produces pain relief. Some people have a variation of this enzyme and this can affect people in
different ways. In some people, morphine is not produced or produced in very small quantities,
and it will not provide enough pain relief. Other people are more likely to get serious side effects
because a very high amount of morphine is produced. If you notice any of the following side
effects you must stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical advice: slow or shallow
breathing, confusion, sleepiness, small pupils, feeling or being sick, constipation, lack of appetite.
Use in children and adolescents after surgery
Use in children with breathing problems
some sugars. This is because codeine phosphate contains lactose, a type of sugar.
Tolerance and dependence (addiction) may occur in patients who are prescribed codeine
phosphate for a long period of time. Your doctor will recommend a dose that is suitable for you.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially the following:
treatment for epilepsy e.g. phenobarbital sodium
treatment for the thyroid e.g. potassium iodide tablets
treatment for irregular heartbeat e.g. mexiletine
alcohol e.g. drinks like beer or wine
anaesthetics (used in surgical procedures) e.g. halothane
treatment for insomnia or anxiety (hypnotics) e.g. diazepam or temazepam
treatment for depression (tricyclic antidepressants) e.g. amitriptyline or dosulepin
treatment for severe nausea and vomiting or schizophrenia (phenothiazides) e.g. promazine
other treatments for diarrhoea e.g. co-phenotrope or loperamide hydrochloride
muscle relaxants e.g. suxamethonium or mivacurium
treatment for high blood pressure e.g. hydralazine
treatment for ulcers e.g. cimetidine
treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) e.g. phenelzine or isocarboxazid
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without prescription.
Other special warnings: