This product contains Codeine which 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 pain killers such as Paracetamol. 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.
The usual starting dose for adults and children aged 12 years or above for relief of mild to moderate pain is 30mg to 60mg every six hours, as needed. The usual adult starting dose for diarrhoea is 30mg, three or four times daily. No more than 240mg should be taken in 24 hours. In all cases, dosage will be reduced for elderly. Codeine Phosphate tablets should not be taken by children below the age of 12 years due to the risk of severe breathing problems. Always follow your doctors instructions completely. Also, follow any special instructions or warnings that appear on the label that the pharmacist has put on the package. If you do not understand or are in any doubt, ask your pharmacist. Unless instructed differently, take your tablet(s) with a glass of water. If you have been given a blister pack, to obtain a tablet, press on the tablet from the blister (or bubble) pushing it through the foil. Do not remove the tablet from the blister until you are ready to take it.
The active ingredient in Codeine Phosphate tablets is 30mg Codeine Phosphate.
Other ingredients are Lactose, Acacia Spray Dried, Maize Starch, Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid.