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VEGANIN

Active substance(s): CAFFEINE / CODEINE PHOSPHATE / CAFFEINE / CODEINE PHOSPHATE

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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.

• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or
advice.

or pharmacist straightaway.

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1. What Veganin is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Veganin
3. How to take Veganin
5. Storing Veganin
6. 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 neuralgia.
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 combina tion with other pain killers.
Paracetamol also helps lower a high temperatu re and acts

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 have a head inju ry or increased pressure in your skull
• if you have had surgery on your bile duct
• if you are already taking a medicine containing paracet amol
• 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.

you sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know


• you have prostate problems
• you have bowel problems, particularly those causing
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
barbiturates
• 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 constipated
• 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
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
• quinidine or mexiletine - used to regulate heart rhythm
• cimetidine - used to treat stomach ulcers
• naltrexone - used in the treatment of drug dependence.

to drive.

- 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
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure
whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
after drugs have been taken in the UK may be found here:
www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law
3. How to take Veganin
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Adults, including the elderly:
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.

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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.

Driving and using machines

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

If you are taking any of the following medicines, you may

If you are unsure if any medicine you are taking is one of
those mentioned above, check with your pharmacist.

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:

Children aged 12 – 15 years:
Swallow one tablet with water every 6 hours, when necessary.
Do not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.

What Veganin looks like and contents of pack

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.

seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other
healthcare professional.
your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible

not produced or produced in very small quantities, and it will
not provide enough pain relief. Other people are more likely

www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

morphine is produced.

information on the safety of this medicine.

The other ingredients:
Maize starch, methylcellulose, povidone, talc, calcium
stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol and water.

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.
Manufacturer
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: January 2017.

you must stop
taking Veganin and get medical help straight away:
• 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.

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.
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.

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.

30 mg in each tablet.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while taking Veganin as it can make liver
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

• 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)

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 rare.

Children aged 16 – 18 years:
Swallow one to two tablets with water every 6 hours,
when necessary.
Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

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.

• oral contraceptives ('the pill')
• medicines used to treat epilepsy (anticonvulsants).

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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.

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.

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

often, or passing less urine than usual

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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