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.
Dihydrocodeine is an opioid medicine. Opioids belongs 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.
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 dihydrocodeine binding to these receptors, the transmission of pain signals is blocked resulting in pain relief.
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 of dihydrocodeine 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.
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 for dihydrocodeine is one tablet every four to six hours. Dosage in the elderly is usually reduced.
Side effects may occur when taking dihydrocodeine. Although some of these side effects may be common not all patients experience them.
Common side effects include;
Rarer side effects may include;
Speak to your doctor if any of the above side effects get serious or lasts longer than a few days. Please read your patient information leaflet contained in the packaging for these tablets for more detailed information on side effects.
Caution should be taken when taking dihydrocodeine if any of the following conditions apply to you;
Please speak to a GP regarding any conditions you may suffer from or any regular medication you are taking before taking dihydrocodeine.
Dihydrocodeine can be purchased safely here at UK Meds. You will need to have an online consultation with a doctor before a 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.