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  • Treats moderate to severe pain
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Dihydrocodeine is an opioid medicine. Opioids belong to a group of medicines called analgesics, which are commonly known as painkillers. Its use is to relieve moderate to severe pain caused by conditions including sciatica, shingles, post-surgery pain, and joint and bone pain.

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    Dihydrocodeine is part of the opioid family of medicines that includes codeine and morphine. It is a strong painkiller that treats moderate to severe pain. It comes in 30mg tablets. It's also available in combination with paracetamol as co-codamol, containing 500mg of paracetamol and 10mg of codeine.

    Unmanaged pain associated with conditions such as sciatica, bone, and joint pain and post-operative pain can cause great difficulty when completing general day to day tasks. This can result in distress, causing patients to present psychological responses such as low mood, anger, anxiety and in some cases, depression.

    Effective use will decrease the amount of pain experienced and increase your tolerance to pain, making injuries and painful conditions more bearable. Consequently, this will allow you to go about your daily routine with little discomfort as possible.

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    How Does Dihydrocodeine Work?

    Dihydrocodeine is similar in composition to natural painkilling chemicals that are produced by the human body. These painkillers (endorphins) work by attaching themselves to opiate receptors in the nervous system and brain. By functioning in the same way as endorphins, dihydrocodeine produces the same painkilling effect.

    Dihydrocodeine works by binding to receptors in the body called opioid receptors. These receptors are found in the brain, spinal cord, gut and other parts of the body. They are responsible for sending signals to the brain causing you to feel pain. By binding to these receptors, the transmission of pain signals is blocked resulting in pain relief.

    How Long Until Dihydrocodeine Works?

    Dihydrocodeine tablets begin working around twenty minutes after taking them. This timeframe will vary from person to person. The full effect of the pain medicine may not be felt for an hour. You should allow at least four hours to pass between dihydrocodeine doses.

    What Types of Pain is Dihydrocodeine Used For?

    Dihydrocodeine (DHC) is a synthetic opioid analgesic developed in the early 1900s. It is similar in structure and mechanism to codeine and is used for the management of moderate to moderately severe pain as well as coughing and shortness of breath.

    Following are common uses for dihydrocodeine:

    • Migraine Headaches
    • Sciatica
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Nerve Pain
    • Post-operative Pain

    How Much Dihydrocodeine Should I Take?

    The dose will vary between people. Your prescribing doctor will determine the correct dose for you. A typical dose of dihydrocodeine is one 30mg tablet taken once every six hours. This dose may be reduced for elderly patients. Dihydrocodeine is not recommended for children under 12 years old.

    Dihydrocodeine should be swallowed with a glass of water, with or after a meal. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Take the next dose at least four hours later. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

    The recommended adult dose is one tablet every four to six hours. Dosage in the elderly is usually reduced.

    You can buy Dihydrocodeine safely and securely here at UK Meds. You will need to have an online consultation with a doctor before supply can be made. This is to ensure your safety by asking various questions to determine if this is the best-suited medication for you.

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