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Solpadeine are sold over the counter in all chemists. They come in a red and white box and contain the active ingredients paracetamol (Ph Eur 500 mg), caffeine (30 mg) and codeine (8mg).
There is now a Solpadeine max, which has 12.8 mg of Codeine in.
They come in a caplet form, which you swallow - or you can buy them in a fizzy base, which you add to water and drink.
The boxes come in 12, 24 or 60 sizes. These are the price for the soluable, which I think work the quickest. 24 - £4.19 12 - £ 2.39 60 - £7.55
The caplets are slightly cheaper e.g. - 24 £3.89
Not a lot of people know this, but ASDA sell their own brand of these, which have exactly the same ingrediants as Solpadeine.
Other brands differ and don't work as well. ASDA's brand is much cheaper, in a red and white box and called Ultramol - £4.94 for 60!!
I started taking Solpadeine about 3 years ago for headaches and found it cleared them up really quickly. Gradually I found that if I felt 'rough' in a morning I only had to take 2 Solpadeine and they set me up for the day.
I now have to take it at least twice a day, although I am trying to stop and take 1 tablet instead of two at a time.
It is amazing how many other people are addicted to these tablets, there is an addiction web site for people who cannot stop taking this, which shows the seriousness of it. The web site is: www.solpadeinehelp.org.uk
Yes I would recommend them, but with great caution.
i found this really helpful as i have been taking these for quite a few years now as they are only tablets that help with my migraines, thanx for the tip on Asda, will try them
Lancashire_Angel 07.02.2004 12:57
This sounds really rather worrying to me and I doubt I would start to take them. Sharron xxx
blue-star 07.02.2004 03:46
The reason solphedine work so well is the caffeine that is in them. I would like to point out that taking these on a regular basis can be damahing to your health. Codene has a direct effect on your bowels and is why it often causes constipation. Taking pain killers this regulary can cause damage to your stomach lining and to your kidneys. Try to only take them if you really need them. Take Care, Nikki xx