Zapain contains the active ingredients paracetamol and codeine phosphate, which are both painkillers. Paracetamol and codeine phosphate work together to help relieve moderate to severe pain in adults. Buy zapain online
What are the key benefits of Zapain?
Zapain contains both paracetamol and codeine. These two painkillers work together to help relieve moderate to severe pain in adults on a short-term basis, and Zapain may be prescribed in situations where the pain has not been relieved by other analgesic medicines such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
How does Zapain work?
Paracetamol works centrally in the brain to relieve pain, rather than at the original site of the pain. Codeine also works centrally in the brain but in a different manner to paracetamol. This means that by taking both in a preparation such as Zapain, the two medicines work together to relieve pain. Paracetamol can also reduce temperature (fever). Neither medicine reduces inflammation, or addresses the underlying cause of the pain.
How to use Zapain?
Before you start taking Zapain, please read the enclosed patient information leaflet carefully.
Zapain tablets or capsules are taken orally. The usual adult starting dose is 1 or 2 tablets or capsules taken every 4 to 6 hours as required, making sure to avoid taking more than 8 within any 24 hour period. Zapain should not be taken continuously for more than 3 days without talking to your doctor if the pain persists. Buy zapain online
When taking Zapain, you should avoid alcohol. Swallow the capsules or tablets with a glass of water and do not bite or chew them.
If the symptoms do not improve after this period then please consult your doctor for further advice. Zapain should not be taken for any longer than prescribed. If you are unclear about how to take Zapain, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Is Zapain suitable for me?
It is important during the consultation that you list any other medicines you are taking, either prescribed by your doctor or purchased without a prescription.
Taking codeine on a regular basis for a long period of time can lead to addiction. This may lead to feelings of irritability and restlessness when it is stopped. Taking Zapain to relieve a headache for too long, or too often, can make the symptoms worse.
Do not take Zapain if you are allergic to paracetamol, codeine or any of the other ingredients listed; or if you suffer from severe liver or kidney disease. Your should also avoid taking Zapain if you suffer from any breathing problems such as asthma, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, if you have been diagnosed with an increased pressure on the brain, or if you have recently experienced a head injury or had an operation on your gall bladder.
Do not take this medicine
if you drink a lot of alcohol or are currently experiencing diarrhoea.
If you are breastfeeding or pregnant, you should also avoid taking Zapain.
Zapain should not be taken by children under 12 years of age.
Take special care to inform your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking Zapain if you are elderly or in any way vulnerable, experience stomach pains or any other sudden problems in the abdomen. If you have any liver or kidney issues please take care as the dosage may need to be adjusted accordingly. If you have an underactive thyroid gland, please also take special care when taking Zapain.
Take care with Zapain if you have myasthenia gravis. Also take special care if you have a disease of the biliary tract, or suffering from an obstruction or inflammation of the bowel.
You should also take care if you have experienced an allergic reaction to aspirin in the past or suffer from Addison’s disease. If you are male, take care if you have an enlarged prostate gland or are experiencing a narrowing of the urethra.
If you are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or have been taking them within the last 2 weeks, then you should not take Zapain or any other medicines containing codeine.
Taking Zapain and using machinery or driving
The use of codeine may impair your mental and physical abilities, such as vision. This may mean it affects your ability to drive and operate machinery. It may also diminish your ability to drive safely and is listed under the 5a of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If you have any concerns, please check with your doctor in the first instance.
What are the side effects of Zapain?
Zapain, like all medicines, may cause some patients to experience side effects. A full list of potential side effects can be found in the medicine leaflet.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing, including sudden wheeziness
- Swelling of the eyelids, lips or face
- Itching or any rashes
Other possible side effects include:
Vomiting or feeling nauseous
Dizziness, feeling sleepy or light headaches
Constipation and stomach pains
Please note that laying down may help to alleviate these symptoms.
Other side effects may include:
- A feeling of depression or extra wellbeing
- Damage to the liver, especially for heavy drinkers
- Irritability or restlessness
- Loss of hearing
- Problems with vision problems
- Slow heart rate
- Weakened or slow breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty passing urin