The name of your medicine is APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30. It contains the active ingredients paracetamol and codeine phosphate. It is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain when milder painkillers are not effective.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Paracetamol belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics (painkillers). Analgesics are used to block pain. It is also an antipyretic which means that it helps reduce your body temperature if you have a fever.
Codeine phosphate also belongs to the group of medicines called analgesics and it acts by blocking pain and your emotional response to pain.
This medicine is not suitable for use in children under 7 years of age.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant.
4. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breast-feed.
5. You are elderly.
6. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
7. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
8. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines.
Do not take these tablets with other medicines containing paracetamol or codeine, unless your doctor says you can.
Some medicines may interact with APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30. These include:
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine may increase the toxic effects of alcohol or the side effects of APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30, and should be avoided.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The recommended doses for APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30 tablets are:
Adults and children over 12 years:
1 to 2 tablets every four hours as necessary
Do not take more than eight tablets in one day.
Children 7 to 12 years:
Half a tablet every four hours as necessary.
Children must not take more than three tablets in one day.
APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30 is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.
Swallow the medicine with water.
If the dose is half a tablet, there is a break line on the tablet to help you divide it.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
Adults and children over 12 years:
Take this medicine for no longer than a few days at a time unless your doctor advises otherwise.
Children 7-12 years:
Do not take for longer than 48 hours at a time unless your doctor advises otherwise.
If pain persists, see your doctor.
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively, go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of overdose include weakness, dizziness, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, sweating, mental confusion and low blood pressure.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Be careful drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.
If you drink alcohol, it could make some of the unwanted side effects worse.
Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest that you avoid alcohol completely or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking these tablets.
Some people may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness, which may affect driving or operating dangerous machinery.
Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Children may also be affected so they should be supervised if they are riding bikes or doing other potentially hazardous activities.
This medicine may be habit forming if used for extended periods of time.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30 or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following.
This list includes the more common side effects. Mostly, these are mild:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects and you may need medical attention. Mostly, these side effects are rare:
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects and you may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are usually very rare:
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to Paracetamol/Codeine, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
White bevelled edge capsule-shaped tablets, plain on one face with a single break bar on the other side.
Blister packs of 20 tablets.
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains paracetamol 500mg and codeine phosphate 30mg as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is lactose-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30 (Blisters): AUST R 153124