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• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist straightaway.

In this leaflet:
What Veganin is and what it is used for
Before you take Veganin
How to take Veganin
Possible side effects
Storing Veganin
Further information
1. What Veganin is and what it is used for

Veganin can be used in patients over 12 years of age for
the short term relief of moderate pain that is not relieved
by other painkillers such as paracetamol, or ibuprofen
alone. It is suitable for the treatment of migraine,
headache, rheumatic pain, period pain, toothache and
Veganin is a tablet containing paracetamol, caffeine and
codeine phosphate. Paracetamol and codeine are
painkillers. Codeine belongs to a group of medicines
called opioid analgesics which act to relieve pain; it can
be used on its own or in combination with other pain killers.
Paracetamol also helps lower a high temperature and acts
as a mild anti-inflammatory, to reduce swelling.
Caffeine is a mild stimulant that causes wakefulness and
increased mental activity. It can also help the effectiveness
of paracetamol.
2. Before you take Veganin
This medicine contains codeine which can cause
addiction if you take it continuously for more than
three days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms
from the medicine when you stop taking it.
If you take a pain killer for headaches for more than
three days it can make them worse.
Do not use this medicine:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients
of Veganin (see section 6)
• if you have asthma or very shallow breathing
• if you suffer from alcoholism
• if you have a head injury or increased pressure in your skull
• if you have had surgery on your bile duct
• if you are already taking a medicine containing paracetamol

Children and adolescents
Use in children and adolescents after surgery:
Codeine should not be used for pain relief in children
and adolescents after removal of their tonsils or
adenoids due to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome.
Use in children with breathing problems:
Codeine is not recommended in children with breathing
problems, since the symptoms of morphine toxicity may
be worse in these children.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking
Veganin if you are pregnant. Do not take Veganin while
you are breastfeeding. Codeine and morphine passes
into breast milk.

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This medicine can only be used for the short term
treatment of acute moderate pain which is not
relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone.
You should only take this product for a maximum of
three days at a time. If you need to take it for longer
than three days you should see your doctor or
pharmacist for advice.
This medicine contains codeine which can cause
addiction if you take it continuously for more than
three days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms
from the medicine when you stop taking it.
If you take this medicine for headaches for more
than three days it can make them worse.

• for a child younger than 12 years old
• for pain relief in children and adolescents (0-18 years of
age) after removal of their tonsils or adenoids due to
obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
• if you know that you metabolise very rapidly codeine
into morphine
• if you are breastfeeding.
Take special care with Veganin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you have severe liver or kidney problems. The risk of
overdose is higher if you have alcoholic liver disease
• you are elderly because you may be more likely to get
some side effects (see section 4)
• you have prostate problems
• you have bowel problems, particularly those causing
inflammation or blockage, or you have had recent
bowel surgery. If you have any of these conditions,
your doctor or pharmacist will advise you about how
best to use Veganin.
Taking other medicines
Before using Veganin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking any of the following:
• metoclopramide or domperidone - used to treat
nausea and vomiting
• colestyramine - used to treat high cholesterol
• anti-coagulants (such as warfarin) - used to thin the
blood. It is alright to take occasional doses of Veganin,
but not if Veganin is required daily over a long period
• sedatives (also known as sleeping tablets) containing
• certain medicines prescribed for depression (called
MAOIs) or have been taking them in the last 2 weeks
• medicines for diarrhoea and tummy cramps as taking
these at the same time as Veganin may make you
• medicines such as atropine, procyclidene or hyoscine
which are used to treat problems with gut
movements. Taking these at the same time as Veganin
may make you severely constipated and may make it
difficult for you to pass urine
• some antihistamines which may be used in cough/cold
remedies and anti-allergy
products. Taking these at the same time as Veganin
may make you severely constipated and may make it
difficult for you to pass urine
• quinidine or mexiletine - used to regulate heart rhythm
• cimetidine - used to treat stomach ulcers
• naltrexone - used in the treatment of drug
If you are taking any of the following medicines, you
may find the effectiveness of Veganin is reduced:
• oral contraceptives ('the pill')
• medicines used to treat epilepsy (anticonvulsants).
If you are unsure if any medicine you are taking is one of
those mentioned above, check with your pharmacist.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Veganin as it can make
liver damage and breathing difficulties more likely and
more serious.
Warnings and precautions
Codeine is transformed to morphine in the liver by an
enzyme. Morphine is the substance that produces pain
relief. Some people have a variation of this enzyme and
this can affect people in different ways. In some people,
morphine is not produced or produced in very small
quantities, and it will not provide enough pain relief.
Other people are more likely to get serious side effects
because a very high amount of morphine is produced.

Driving and using machines
This medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may
make you sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know
how it affects you.
• It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your
ability to drive.
• However, you would not be committing an offence if:
- The medicine has been taken to treat a medical or
dental problem and
- You have taken it according to the information
provided with the medicine and
- It was not affecting your ability to drive safely.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure
whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this
Details regarding a new driving offence concerning
driving after drugs have been taken in the UK may be
found here:
3. How to take Veganin
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: Swallow two
tablets with water every 4-6 hours.
Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. If you have
already taken another painkiller wait at least four hours
before taking Veganin.
This medicine should not be taken for more than 3
days. If the pain does not improve after 3 days, talk to
your doctor for advice.
Veganin should not be taken by children below the age
of 12 years, due to the risk of severe breathing problems.
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this
medicine even if you feel well. This is because too much
paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver damage.
Special warnings about addiction: This medicine
contains codeine and can cause addiction if you take
it continuously for more than three days. When you
stop taking it you may get withdrawal symptoms.
You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
think you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
4. Possible side effects
Some people may have side-effects when taking this
medicine. If you have any unwanted side-effects you
should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional.
Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects,
talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:

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Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains
important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However,
you still need to use Veganin carefully to get the best
results from it.

If you notice any of the following side effects, you must
stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical
slow or shallow breathing, confusion, sleepiness, small
pupils, feeling or being sick, constipation, lack of

By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
If you get any of the following side-effects, you must
stop taking Veganin and get medical help straight
• sweating, red face, allergic reactions such as a skin rash,
itchy skin or swelling of the face. These may be the
symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.
These side-effects are less serious. If they bother you talk
to a pharmacist or your doctor:
• drowsiness, dizziness, headache, vertigo (a sense of
spinning either of yourself or your surroundings),
nervousness, irritability, blurred or double vision
• stomach cramps, constipation, feeling sick (nausea),
being sick (vomiting), dry mouth
• difficulty or pain in urinating, needing to pass urine
more often, or passing less urine than usual
• palpitations (awareness of your heart beat)
• low blood pressure (often feeling faint or dizzy upon
standing up). Rare: reports of blood disorders including
low platelet count (making you slow to heal and bruise
easily) and low white blood cell count (making you
more likely to get infections)
• becoming used to the effects of Veganin (the same
dose does not seem to work so well) and becoming
dependent or addicted, especially with prolonged use
• seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not real
(hallucinations), nightmares and restlessness. These are
How do I know if I am addicted?
If you take the medicine according to the instructions on
the pack it is unlikely that you will become addicted to
the medicine. However, if the following apply to you it is
important that you talk to your doctor:
• you need to take the medicine for longer periods of time
• you need to take more than the recommended dose
• when you stop taking the medicine you feel very
unwell but you feel better if you start taking the
medicine again.
5. Storing Veganin
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the tablets in the original
packaging. Keep out the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Veganin after the date (month and year)
printed after "EXP" on the box and blister strip. If the
expiry date has passed, take the product back to your
pharmacist for safe disposal.
6. Further information
What Veganin contains
The active substances are:
Paracetamol 500 mg, Codeine phosphate 8 mg and
Caffeine 30 mg in each tablet.
The other ingredients:
Maize starch, methylcellulose, povidone, talc, calcium
stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol and water.
What Veganin looks like and contents of pack
Veganin are white capsule shaped film-coated tablets
supplied in a blister strip in a carton.
There are 10 or 30 tablets in a pack.
Marketing Authorisation holder
Omega Pharma Ltd., 1st Floor, 32 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London, SW1V 2SA, United Kingdom.
Send all enquiries to this address.
Wrafton Laboratories Ltd, Wrafton, Braunton, North
Devon, EX33 2DL.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member
States of the EEA under the following names:
United Kingdom: Veganin Tablets
Republic of Ireland: Veganin Plus Tablets
Text revised: April 2014


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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