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Paracetamol 500mg and Codeine phosphate 8mg
Consumer Medicine Information
Please read this information before you start taking this medicine.
This leaflet answers some common questions about Panadeine. It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking Panadeine against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
Panadeine provides effective temporary relief from strong pain and discomfort associated with headache, muscle pain, period pain, arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headache, cold & flu, tension headache, back pain and toothache. Panadeine also reduces fever.
Panadeine contains paracetamol and codeine phosphate.
Paracetamol and codeine phosphate are analgesics. They provide effective temporary relief from pain.
Panadeine is only registered for the uses listed above. However, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend this medicine for another use.
If you want more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Panadeine may affect the way these medicines work.
Panadeine Rapid Soluble should be dissolved in at least half a glass of water.
You should follow the instructions on the label unless your doctor advises otherwise.
This preparation is for the relief of minor and temporary ailments and should be used strictly as directed. Prolonged use without medical supervision could be harmful. Do not give to children below the stated age group except on medical advice.
If symptoms persist or worsen, please consult your doctor.
This product should be taken at the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary to relieve your symptoms. Taking this medicine regularly for a long time can lead to addiction.
You may take Panadeine as soon as you remember if you think you need it. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you missed.
Your next dose should be taken in 4 hours if you think you need it.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Panadeine.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Take Panadeine exactly as your pharmacist or doctor has told you to.
Tell any other doctor, dentist and pharmacist who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you become pregnant while taking Panadeine.
Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaint unless your doctor or pharmacist says it is safe. Do not give this medicine to anyone else even if they have the same symptoms as you.
Do not drink alcohol.
About 8% of people are poor metabolisers of codeine and Panadeine may not work as well if you are one of those people.
Product may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking Panadeine.
Like other medicines, Panadeine can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely minor and temporary. However, sometimes they are serious and need medical treatment.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Panadeine may worsen the side effects of alcohol. Avoid alcohol while using Panadeine.
Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if:
These reactions are rare.
Keep your tablets or caplets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
Keep pack stored in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below the stated temperature on the pack. Protect from moisture.
Do not store Panadeine or any other medicine in the bathroom or moist areas.
Keep Panadeine where young children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one and a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Do not leave Panadeine in the car on hot days.
If you stop taking Panadeine, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
This is not all the information that is available on Panadeine. If you have any more questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Panadeine is available in a number of forms. They are:
Panadeine contains 500 mg paracetamol and 8 mg codeine phosphate as active ingredients.
Panadeine contains no sugar, lactose, alcohol or wheat starch.
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
82 Hughes Avenue
Ermington NSW 2115
Australian Registration Number:
Tablets: AUST R 15478
Caplets: AUST R 152840
Rapid Soluble: AUST R 50138
This leaflet was prepared in June 2013
PANADEINE and The Panadeine Vibration are trade marks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
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Published by MIMS/myDr October 2013