DIHYDROCODEINE TABLETS BP 30MG
Active substance(s): DIHYDROCODEINE TARTRATE
Generics [UK] Ltd
INFORMATION FOR THE USER
30 mg TABLETS BP
Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you start taking this
medicine • Keep this leaflet. You
may need to read it again • If you
have any further questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist • This
medicine has been prescribed for
you. Do not pass it on to others. It
may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours
• 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.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dihydrocodeine is and what
it is used for
2. Before you take Dihydrocodeine
3. How to take Dihydrocodeine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dihydrocodeine
6. Further information.
1. WHAT DIHYDROCODEINE IS
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Dihydrocodeine belongs to a group of
medicines called analgesics.
Dihydrocodeine is a strong pain killer
used to relieve moderate to severe
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE
Do not take Dihydrocodeine if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to
dihydrocodeine or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine
• suffer from breathing problems (for
example asthma or bronchitis) or
shortness of breath.
Take special care with Dihydrocodeine - You should tell your
doctor before taking this medicine
• suffer from asthma, especially if
you are having an asthma attack
• have liver or kidney problems
• are being treated for an underactive
• are recovering from a head injury
or have had an infection which may
have affected your brain.
Do not take for longer than directed
by your prescriber.
Taking dihydrocodeine regularly for a
long time can lead to addiction, which
might cause you to feel restless and
irritable when you stop taking the tablets.
Taking a painkiller for headaches too
often or for too long can make them
Important information about some of
the ingredients of Dihydrocodeine This medicine contains lactose. If
your doctor has told you that you
have an intolerance to some sugars,
such as lactose, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE
Always take Dihydrocodeine exactly as
your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure. Do not take your
tablets more often or for longer than
your doctor has advised. Taking a pain
killer for headaches too often or for too
long can make them worse. Swallow
the tablets during or after a meal.
Adults (over 12 years of age) - The
usual dose is one 30 mg tablet.
However, if more pain relief is
needed, the dose may be increased
to two 30 mg tablets every 4 to 6
hours. No more than 6 tablets should
be taken in any 24 hour period.
Taking other medicines - Please
tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained
without a prescription, or the
• Metoclopramide, used to prevent
you feeling sick
• Mexiletine, used to treat a heart
• any sedatives or "sleeping tablets"
• medicines used to treat depression
called monoamine oxidase
inhibitors (MAOI) eg. Phenelzine.
Elderly and patients with liver,
kidney or thyroid problems - Your
doctor may reduce your dose of
Taking Dihydrocodeine with food
and drink - Dihydrocodeine should
be taken during or after a meal to
reduce the likelihood of stomach
upset. Do not drink alcohol while
being treated with this medicine,
because it may make you feel very
If you forget to take Dihydrocodeine Take the next dose as soon as you
remember unless it is almost time for
your next dose. Do not take a double
dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding Ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking any medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant,
are planning to become pregnant or
Driving and using machines - Do
not drive or operate machinery if you
feel dizzy or drowsy while taking this
Children (over 4 years of age) Your doctor will advise how much
Dihydrocodeine should be given, this
will depend on the weight of the child.
If you take more Dihydrocodeine
than you should - Contact your
doctor or nearest hospital emergency
department immediately. Take the
container and any remaining tablets
If you stop taking Dihydrocodeine If you have been taking
Dihydrocodeine for a long time and
suddenly stop taking you may
experience side effects. Speak to
your doctor first before stopping this
If you have any further questions on
the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Dihydrocodeine
can cause side effects, although not
them. These may
include: • feeling
sick • headache •
feeling of spinning,
dizziness • difficulty
or delay in emptying
• difficulty passing
urine. These side
effects can occur
more often if you
are taking a higher dose of
If any side effect gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children. Do not use Dihydrocodeine
after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton after "EXP". The expiry
date refers to the last day of that
month. Store in a dry place below
25ºC. Protect from light. Medicines
should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Dihydrocodeine contains The active substance is
dihydrocodeine 30 mg. The other
ingredients are lactose,
microcrystalline cellulose, sodium
starch glycollate and magnesium
What Dihydrocodeine looks like
and contents of the pack - Your
medicine comes as a white tablet.
The tablets are marked "DH"
breakline "30" on one side and "G"
on the other. Dihydocodeine is
available in blisters or plastic bottles
of 5, 7, 10, 14, 15, 20, 21, 25, 28, 30,
56, 60, 84, 90, 100, 112, 120, 168,
180 and 500 (plastic bottles only).
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
and Manufacturer - Generics [UK]
Limited, Station Close, Potters Bar,
Hertfordshire, EN6 1TL, United
Date of revision:
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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