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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.


What is Dihydrocodeine?

As part of the opioid family of medicines, Dihydrocodeine is a strong painkiller that includes morphine and codeine. Accordingly, it’s designed to treat moderate to severe pain. This painkiller mostly comes in 30mg tablets. Moreover, it also comes as co-codamol, which is a Dihydrocodeine combined with paracetamol. Co-codamol contains 500mg of paracetamol and 10mg of codeine.

It is often used because of its analgesic properties. Many patients are prescribed them after minor operations and surgeries. However, it should be noted that they need to exercise caution when taking this medication because there is the possibility for a patient to develop dependence. 

Dihydrocodeine can also be referred by other brand names, namely the following:

  •         Coldcough
  •         Coldcough PD
  •         Dihydro CP
  •         Donatuss
  •         Centussin
  •         Poly-tussin EX
  •         EndaCof CH

Because of its effects, Dihydrocodeine has other known street names. Take note that these street names refer to drugs that are illegally sold to other people. When you hear somebody call Dihydrocodeine by their street names, then they come in the form of cough medicine.


What is the history of Dihydrocodeine?

First synthesized in Germany in 1908, Dihydrocodeine was later marketed in 1911 to help patients in treating many airborne diseases during that time. This included tuberculosis. Due to the effectivity of the drug, it is still being prescribed today. But this is considered the lesser option, especially when compared to its pain-relieving counterpart, codeine. Dihydrocodeine and codeine are said to have similar structure and mechanism.


What are the advantages of Dihydrocodeine?

Dihydrocodeine has several advantages for patients currently taking it. If you’re experiencing medical conditions such as bone pain, joint pain, sciatica and post-operative pain, then you’ll be prescribed this medication to deal with your pain. Now it’s easier to complete general daily activities. Because of this, the chances of you feeling distressed, anxious and angry about your condition will be lessened considerably.

When using Dihydrocodeine effectively, you’ll develop more pain tolerance to painful conditions and injures because you’ll be experiencing a decreased amount of pain. Overall, you can continue with your daily routine without any distractions and with as little discomfort as possible.


What is the process of Dihydrocodeine?

Dihydrocodeine is made up of similar compositions as natural painkilling chemicals that are found inside your body. These painkillers are called endorphins and they function by connecting themselves to opiate receptors in the brain and, subsequently, the nervous system. Therefore, Dihydrocodeine functions the same way as these painkillers by producing the same painkilling effect.

Opoid receptors are found in the brain, spinal cord and other important parts of your body. Their job is to send signals to your brain that causes you to feel and experience the brain in the first place. By attaching themselves to these receptors and blocking out these signals, Dihydrocodeine makes it easier to deal with the pain you’re currently experiencing.


What is Dihydrocodeine used for?

As a synthetic opioid analgesic, Dihydrocodeine is used to manage several types and levels of pain. You can use it to treat severe pain or even something as simple as coughing or shortness of breath. It works very similar to codeine.

Patients can use Dihydrocodeine to treat the following:

  •         Sciatica
  •         Nerve pain
  •         Osteoarthritis
  •         Migraine headaches
  •         Rheumatoid arthritis
  •         Post-operative pain


What is the recommended dosage of Dihydrocodeine?

The dosage for Dihydrocodeine varies between patients. It’s important to inform your doctor of the type of pain you’re feeling and where you’re feeling it so that they can prescribe you the right dosage. However, the recommended dosage for an adult is one 30mg tablet every four to six hours. For elderly patients, the dosage is often reduced. Children under 12 years old should not take Dihydrocodeine.


What should you know before taking Dihydrocodeine?

Dihydrocodeine is not suitable for everybody. When it comes to medication, what might work for you won’t work for another patient. This is why it’s important to disclose all information to your doctor prescribing your medicine. Because you might experience negative effects when taking them.

When it comes to Dihydrocodeine, you need to inform a doctor if you have:

      any allergic reactions to Dihydrocodeine or any other medicine

      any stomach problems such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome

      lung problems, breathing difficulties or asthma

      a head injury or a seizure-inducing condition

      underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)

      alcohol addiction

      taken other painkillers that you’ve bought from the supermarket or the pharmacy

      liver or kidney problems

      myasthenia gravis

      rare conditions that cause problems with galactose intolerance

You should also inform your doctor if you’re trying to get pregnant or if you’re already pregnant as this might affect the development of your baby.


How should you take Dihydrocodeine?

You can take Dihydrocodeine with a glass of water. You can take it with a meal or after a meal. When you forget to take a dosage, it’s recommended that you take it as soon as you remember. Then drink the next dosage four hours later. It’s important that you don’t take two dosages to make up for the forgotten one as this can have dire effects on you.

It takes at least 1.5 to 2 hours for Dihydrocodeine to work fully.


What are the side effects of Dihydrocodeine?

Due to its strong effects, patients may experience a few side effects when taking this medication. This effect happens in more than 1 in 100 people. Here are a few common ones that have been reported:

  •         Constipation
  •         Sleepiness
  •         Nausea
  •         Vomiting
  •         Confusion
  •         Vertigo
  •         Dry mouth
  •         Headaches

It’s important to consult with a doctor if these common side effects continue to persist.

On the other hand, some people have experienced more serious side effects, which have happened to less than 1 in 100 people. As soon as you experience the following, make sure to call your doctor as soon as possible:

  •         Muscle stiffness
  •         Dizziness
  •         Fatigue
  •         Signs that could point to low blood pressure
  •         Serious allergic reaction such as skin rashes, tightness in the chest or throat, swelling of body parts


Where can you purchase Dihydrocodeine?

You can purchase Dihydrocodeine in your nearest local pharmacy. Make sure to bring your prescription with you as they’re not available over-the-counter. However, you can always consult with an online physician, receive a prescription and order online. But in doing so, you need to ensure that the online store you’re buying from is a valid and legit source of medication.

Please note: this page is only to be used as a reference of our price for this medication. If you are approved for Chronic Conditions medication, you will be offered treatment for you and the prescriber to jointly consider. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber's.
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