From 1st February, all medicines containing codeine require a prescription.
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About the changes:
Which medicines will be affected?
Paracetamol + codeine 500 mg + <15 mg (eg. Panadeine®, Panadeine Extra®, Mersyndol®)
Ibuprofen + codeine 200 mg + < 15 mg (eg. Nurofen Plus®, Panafen Plus®)
Aspirin + codeine 300 mg + <15 mg (eg. Aspalgin®, Codis Disprin Forte®)
Cough and Cold medicines (eg. Codral Original Cold & Flu®, Demazin Day & Night Cold & Flu®)
What is Codeine?
An opioid medicine, Codeine is used to treat mild to moderate pain. The medicine is safe for short term use in recommended doses but can lead to dependence if used long term or inappropriately.
Why have changes been made?
The decision by the Government to make codeine prescription-only is to address issues of inappropriate use.
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