Solpadeine Ireland

General Information

Solpadeine Ireland is basically used for the short-term treatment of severe to moderate pain when other existing painkillers proved to be non-effective. Patients are allowed to take Solpadeine Ireland for a maximum duration of 3 days only. If you are required to take this medicine for more than 3 days, you should consult with your physician or pharmacist for the suitable advice. Solpadeine Ireland contains codeine, which may cause addiction in case if you take it continuously for duration more than 3 days. It may result in withdrawal symptoms from the medicine once you stop the intake.

This drug is available without any prescription; however, patients are still required to use Solpadeine Ireland carefully in order to achieve the best results from the treatment. Likewise, it is advised to keep this leaflet as you may need to refer to it again in future. Keep out of sight and reach of children. Do not take this medicine after the expiry date provided on the pack. Store in a dry place below 30°C.

Drug Description

Generally, Solpadeine can be prescribed for treatment of headache, migraine, dental pain, strains & sprains, period pain, rheumatic pain, backache, sciatica and others. Each Solpadeine tablet contains three active ingredients: codeine, paracetamol and caffeine. Paracetamol and codeine both belong to painkillers category. In addition, codeine belongs to a special group of medicines, which are called opioid analgesics and act to relieve the pain. It can also be used on its own as well as in combination with other suitable painkillers. Caffeine generally acts to improve the effectiveness of paracetamol.

Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500 mg, Caffeine 30 mg and Codeine Phosphate Hemihydrate 8 mg. Other ingredients are: sorbitol powder (E 420), sodium bicarbonate, saccharin sodium, citric acid, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium carbonate, silicone fluid and polyvinylpyrrolidone. One pack of Solpadeine Ireland contains 16 to 32 effervescent tablets.

How to take Solpadeine Ireland

Adults:

  • 2 tablets dissolved in 200ml of water, every 4-6 hours as required.
  • Do not exceed 8 tablets within 24 hours.
  • Do not exceed 4 hours/tablet period.

Children aged 16 – 18 years:

  • 1–2 tablets dissolved in 200ml of water, every 6 hours as required.
  • Do not exceed 6 hours/tablet period.
  • Do not exceed 8 tablets within 24 hours.

Children aged 12 – 15 years:

  • 1 tablet dissolved in 200ml of water, every 6 hours as required.
  • Do not exceed 6 hours/tablet period.
  • Do not exceed 4 tablets within 24 hours.
  • Do exceed the recommended dosage.

Besides that, it is also important to avoid too much caffeine (i.e. coffee and/or tea), because high caffeine intake may result in difficulties during sleep, shaking and uncomfortable feelings in the chest area. Solpadeine Ireland should not be allowed to children below 12 years old, since it may create the risk of severe problems with breathing. In addition, the intake of this medicine should not exceed 3 days. If the pain still persists after 3 days, consult with your doctor for further advice.

Precautions

It is of high importance to continuously monitor your conditions, while taking Sopladeine Ireland, because you may have certain allergic reactions to caffeine, paracetamol, codeine, other opioid painkillers as well as any of other ingredients included in this medicine. You should not take Solpadeine in case of following:

  • If you are already taking other medications, which contain paracetamol or codeine;
  • If you are younger than 12 years old;
  • If the medicine is used for pain relief in adolescents and children (0 – 18 years old) after they have undergone the removal of tonsils or adenoids caused by obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome;
  • If you are aware that you are able to metabolise codeine into morphine very rapidly;
  • If you are planning to take this medicine during breastfeeding period.

Side Effects

Solpadeine Ireland may cause certain side effects to patients. Hence, it is highly recommended to monitor your health conditions and top taking this medicine in case of:

  • Severe abdominal pain, nausea, dry mouth and vomiting (if your gall bladder was recently removed);
  • Dizziness, nervousness, drowsiness, irritability or restlessness;
  • Allergic reactions, like skin rash and skin itchiness with possible swelling of the face or mouth as well as shortness of breath;
  • Peeling skin, rash or mouth ulcers, itchiness and sweating;
  • Breathing difficulties. This is more likely to happen if you have such previous experience, while taking other painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen or aspirin);
  • Sudden bleeding or bruising;
  • Difficulties while urinating;
  • Upset stomach, nausea, fast weight loss, yellowing of the eyes and/or skin, as well as loss of appetite.

If you experience any of the side effects listed above, contact your doctor immediately. Same applies to any other possible side effects, which are not listed in this leaflet. Do not hesitate to get an immediate medical assistance if you suddenly feel uncomfortable or experience health-related issues listed above.