Co-codamol is a painkiller, used to treat aches and pains such as migraines and muscular pain. It is made up of paracetamol and codeine which both hold pain-relieving qualities and is therefore given to individuals whose efforts to relieve their pain with medications such as aspirin have failed.
Due to the codeine in co-codamol, it is possible for users of the painkiller to develop a co-codamol addiction. This is considered rare if using the painkiller under medical supervision; however, if users choose to increase their own dosage or take a double dose if the pain is bad, it can cause a co-codamol addiction to occur.
A co-codamol addiction can occur if you take the medicine for a prolonged period of time and therefore become tolerant to it. This may cause users to need a higher dosage to get the same effects and can in turn cause withdrawal symptoms when the medication is not taken, which will not only be noticed by you but those around you as well. If you find yourself in this situation rehab help for co-codamol is a method of freeing yourself from the addiction.
What is co codamol?
Co-codamol is a combination of two methods of pain relief. As the medication contains both paracetamol and codeine, it relieves pain in two ways.
The paracetamol in co-codamol works by blocking impulses i.e. chemical messengers, in the brain which tells us that we are in pain.
Codeine comes under a group of medicines referred to as opiates. It works by affecting pain receptors in the central nervous system (CNS) and in turn blocking pain signals from the brain and CNS to the rest of the body.
By combining these two painkillers into one form, it allows pain relief that may not be achieved with stand-alone medications such as paracetamol alone.
What are the effects of co-codamol?
- Pain relief from aches and pains such as a toothache, headache, muscular pain and migraines.
- Common side effects include vomiting, constipation and feeling sleepy.
What are the risks of taking co-codamol?
Just like any medication, co-codamol has certain risks associated with it. One risk is the very serious side effect of an allergic reaction referred to as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is severe and at times life-threatening and maybe more commonly known as anaphylactic shock.
Some symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat and losing consciousness. If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these side effects, it is important to seek urgent medical attention.
Another risk associated with co-codamol addiction is liver damage. Due to the paracetamol used in the medication, those who take excessive amounts of co-codamol increase their risk of liver damage, which may not be reversible.
Co-codamol withdrawal symptoms
A co-codamol addiction may have occurred if you are finding it difficult to stop taking the medication or feel as though you need to take it more regularly. You should seize the use of co-codamol if you are experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Panic attacks.
- Ringing in the ears.
Rehab centre for co-codamol addiction
New Leaf offers 24-hour support and rehabilitation to help individuals who are addicted to co-codamol. It is important to get the appropriate level of support during the withdrawal process, to ensure the process is as safe and comfortable as possible.
If after reading this information you are concerned that yourself, a friend or a family member is suffering from a co-codamol addiction, please contact us today.
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