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PANADOL ULTRA TABLETS

Active substance(s): CODEINE PHOSPHATE HEMIHYDRATE / PARACETAMOL

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Pharma code Ref. No. 1272

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Do not take Panadol Ultra:

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• If you have ever had an allergic reaction to paracetamol, codeine, other opioid painkillers or to any of
the other ingredients (listed in Section 6)

• If you are taking other medicines containing paracetamol or codeine
• If you are breast-feeding.

Ask your doctor before you take this medicine:

• This medicine is for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain when other painkillers
have not worked.
• You should only take this product for a maximum of 3 days at a time. If you need to take it
for longer than 3 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 3 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 3 days it can make them worse.
Please read right through this leaflet before you start using this medicine.
This medicine is available without prescription, but you still need to use Panadol Ultra
tablets carefully to get the best results from them.
• Keep this leaflet you may need to read it again.
• If you have any questions, or if there is anything you do not understand, ask your pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Panadol Ultra does
2. Check before you take Panadol Ultra
3. How to take Panadol Ultra
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Panadol Ultra
6. Further information

Panadol Ultra tablets are for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain which is not relieved by
paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone. They can be used for migraine, headache, dental pain, period
pain, strains & sprains, backache, arthritic & rheumatic pain and sciatica. The tablets contain two active
ingredients. Paracetamol and codeine are painkillers. By working on your body in different ways, they
combine to relieve pain.
Codeine can be used in children 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.
This product contains codeine. 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 such as
paracetamol.

2. Check before you take Panadol Ultra
• This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than
3 days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it.

• If you take a painkiller for headaches for more than 3 days it can make them worse.

Panadol Ultra

• If you have liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease
• If you have bowel problems including blockage of your bowel
• If you have had an operation to remove your gall bladder
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.

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

Driving and operating machinery

1. What Panadol Ultra does

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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 may be offence to drive when taking this medicine.
• 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
medicine. Details regarding a new driving offence concerning driving after drugs have been taken in the
UK may be found here: www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law.

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If you are taking other medicines
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking these tablets if you are taking any prescribed medicines;
particularly metoclopramide or domperidone (for nausea [feeling sick] or vomiting [being sick]);
colestyramine (to lower blood cholesterol); monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs prescribed for
depression) or medicines that make you drowsy. If you take blood thinning drugs (anticoagulants
e.g. warfarin) and you need to take a pain reliever on a daily basis, talk to your doctor because of
the risk of bleeding. But you can still take occasional doses of Panadol Ultra at the same time as
anticoagulants.
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Pharma code Ref. No. 1272
Alcala ‐ Additional Information Panel
Component Name

PROSP PANADOL ULTRA TABLETS UK 1502

Dimensions 

150 X 200 mm

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Pharma code Ref. No. 1272

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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
Talk to your doctor before taking Panadol Ultra if you are pregnant. Do not use whilst breast-feeding.

3. How to take Panadol Ultra

Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you experience:

• Severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting if you have recently had your gall bladder removed
• Allergic reactions which may be severe such as skin rash and itching sometimes with swelling of the
mouth or face or shortness of breath

• Skin rash or peeling or mouth ulcers
• Breathing problems. These are more likely if you have experienced them before when taking other
painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin
• Unexplained bruising or bleeding
• Confusion
• Sleepiness
• Small pupils

• Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
• Do not take more than the recommended dose.
• Do not give to children under 12 years.
• Do not take for more than 3 days. If you need to use this medicine for more than 3 days
you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible withdrawal effects

This medicine contains codeine and can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 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.

If you take too many tablets

Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because of
the risk of delayed, serious liver damage.
If your symptoms continue or your headache becomes persistent, see your doctor.

4. Possible side effects

Some people may have side effects when using this medicine. If you have any unwanted side effects you
should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
When using this product you may experience:
• Constipation.

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Panadol Ultra

• Nausea, vomiting, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
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:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.

Adults aged 18 years and over:
Swallow 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed. Do not take more frequently than every
4 hours.
Children aged 12 years to 18 years:
Swallow 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed. Do not take more frequently than every
6 hours.

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How do I know if I am addicted?
If you take this medicine according to the instructions on the pack, it is unlikely 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.

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5. How to store Panadol Ultra

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the pack.

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6. Further information

Active ingredients: Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500 mg and Codeine Phosphate
Hemihydrate 12.8 mg.
Other ingredients: Starch pregelatinised, povidone, potassium sorbate (E 202), maize starch, talc,
magnesium stearate, stearic acid, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate,
hypromellose, macrogol, quinoline yellow (E 104), erythrosine (E 127) and titanium dioxide (E 171).
Packs of Panadol Ultra contain 20 tablets.
The marketing authorisation holder is GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, Brentford, TW8 9GS, U.K.
and all enquiries should be sent to this address.

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The manufacturer is GlaxoSmithKline Dungarvan Ltd., Co. Waterford, Ireland or Omega Pharma
Manufacturing GmbH & Co. KG, Benzstraße 25, 71083, Herrenberg, Germany or SmithKline Beecham S.A.
Carretera de Ajalvir, Km 2,500, Alcala de Henares, 28806 Madrid, Spain.
This leaflet was last revised in March 2015.
Panadol is a registered trade mark of the GSK group of companies.

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11000010002560

Pharma code Ref. No. 1272
Alcala ‐ Additional Information Panel
Component Name

PROSP PANADOL ULTRA TABLETS UK 1502

Dimensions 

150 X 200 mm

Folded dimensions

N/A

Varnish Type 

N/A

Reel Unwind Reference No

N/A

Glossiness / Matte printed side

N/A

TEXT SIZE CONTAINED IN THIS ARTWORK
Body text size: 6.0pt
Leading: 7.0pt
Horizontal Scale: 85%
Smallest text size: 6.0pt
Microtext: N

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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