Dihydrocodeine

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Dihydrocodeine

Dihydrocodeine is an opioid medicine used to treat mild to severe pain caused by conditions such as; shingles, sciatica, post-surgery pain and joint and bone pain.

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Pain Relief

UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Pain. Below is what he has to say.

We've all experienced pain, headaches, sore muscles, arthritis and injuries. Pain can reach from mild to unbearable, but can nearly always be addressed by the right medications.

Sometimes, over the counter medicines such as paracetemol or ibuprofen can be enough, but if you have tried these and they haven't helped, a doctor may be able to prescribe you something more effective.

Remember, stronger pain medications can have potential drawbacks. Opioids can be highly addictive and should only be used under a doctor's supervision.

Discontinuing these medications suddenly after prolonged use can cause withdrawal symptoms so you should never do this without professional advice.

If you need a stronger pain medication, such as dihydrocodeine, codeine or co codamol, the online doctor's service at UK Meds may be able to help you.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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Dihydrocodeine

What is Dihydrocodeine?

It 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, joint and bone pain.

How does it work?

It 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.

What are the benefits of taking?

Unmanaged pain associated with conditions such as sciatica, bone and joint 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, making injuries and painful conditions more bearable. Consequently, this will allow you to go about your daily routine with little discomfort as possible.

Is Dihydrocodeine Right For Me?

Under certain circumstances, this may not be the correct treatment for your pain. This medicine is used to treat mild to severe pain, such as sciatica, Paget’s disease and shingles, but your medical history may affect if you are allowed to take it.

You may not be prescribed the drug if you are allergic any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet. If you have severe problems with breathing, have recently suffered a head injury, have a liver disease, are suffering from severe diarrhoea or have pheochromocytoma, which is a tumour of the adrenal gland near your kidney, you may not be allowed to take it. You also shouldn’t take this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are suffering from alcoholism.

When completing the medical questionnaire, include any medical condition you have, as well as listing all medication you are currently taking. Make sure you read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking the medication.

Conditions Prescribed For

Controlled-release dihydrocodeine is available for both pain and coughing, as indicated below, as waxy tablets containing 60 to 120 mg of the drug. Some formulations, intended for use against coughing and the like, have other active ingredients such as antihistamines, decongestants and others. Other oral formulations, such as packets of effervescent powder, sublingual drops, elixirs and the like are also available in many locations.

Pain Relief

Dihydrocodeine is an effective painkiller, but it can be habit forming. It’s used to treat aches and pains, including headaches, migraines, muscular and joint pain, period pain and toothache. It’s usually taken when everyday painkillers alone – such as aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol – haven’t worked.

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Dihydrocodeine Side Effects

Common side effects of dihydrocodine: constipation, nausea (sickly feeling/vomiting), drowsiness, dry mouth, skin rash, dizziness, visual disturbances, sweating, reduced appetite Serious side effects: allergic reaction, in this case you must stop taking codeine. In any case of side effects experienced, please consult your doctor immediately.

Where can I buy Dihydrocodeine?

It can be purchased 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.

Dihydrocodeine Over the Counter

In the United Kingdom, dihydrocodeine is a Class B drug; however, you can find it over-the-counter in small amounts (less than 8 mg), in a form that is combined with paracetamol (see co-dydramol). It is listed in Schedule 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 whereby it is exempt from prohibition on possession provided that it is in the form of a single preparation not being designed for injection and less than 100 mg (calculated as free base) or with a total concentration less than 2.5% (calculated as free base).

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