What is Soladeine

Solpadeine is a family of analgesic medications that contain different formulations of paracetamol, ibuprofen, caffeine, and codeine, manufactured by Omega Pharma. Analgesics are also known as painkillers and are used to treat pains of different intensities. When weaker analgesics such as Ibufren do not relieve pain, Solpadeine is prescribed instead.

The medicine comes in different packages which are:

  • Solpadeine Plus
  • Solpadeine MAX
  • Solpadeine HEADACHE

Each of these comes in tablet and capsule forms.

The medicine is very common worldwide as an OTC, and especially in the united kingdom. In 2016 it was one of the biggest selling branded over-the-counter medications sold in Great Britain, with sales of £43.1 million.

The medicine is used to treat a variety of pains including:

  • Migraines
  • Earache
  • Tooth pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Period pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Arthritic pain 

Paracetamol works by reducing pain. Ibuprofen acts by blocking the production of prostaglandins, substances that the body releases in response to illness and injury. Prostaglandins cause pain and swelling, or inflammation. Codeine operates on opioid receptors in the central nervous system and decreases feelings of pain by intercepting the signal pain between the brain and the body.

 

Side effects of the active ingredients of Solpadeine

People tend to think that over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are completely safe. They’re available without a prescription, so they must be harmless.

Many people take these medicines without awareness of precaution towards the medication’s effects and side effects. This can lead to taking higher doses in an abusive manner and increasing the potential for harmful effects.

Ibuprofen is generally a safe medication but it can prove harmful when misused and when used by people who are susceptible to disease and allergies.

The most common side effects of ibuprofen are:

  • stomach pain
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach gas
  • constipation

Taking too much ibuprofen or taking it for a longer time than prescribed can lead to more serious side effects which include:

  • Kidney function issues
  • Heart strokes
  • Ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestine

Paracetamol is a very common medicine that is often found as a secondary ingredient in several medications. It is hard to adjust and keep up with the paracetamol intake. When taken frequently over a long period paracetamol can lead to liver poisoning. The early symptoms include feeling tired, abdominal pain, or nausea. After a few days the symptoms develop into yellowish skin, blood clotting problems, and confusion as a result of liver failure.

Codeine, an active ingredient in Solpadeine, is an opioid painkiller, which means that it can be addictive when taken in high doses and over a long period. The first issue a person faces is that over time, the body develops a tolerance for Codeine. As the tolerance increases, the dosages needed for pain relief increase too. Taking high doses increases the chance of addiction or dependence. 

 

Solpadeine Addiction and Signs

The first indication of Solpadeine addiction is when a person starts taking higher doses of co-codamol or using it at more regular intervals. The addicted person will also continue to use Co-Codamol even when the source of the pain is gone. As with other substance addictions, the individual’s behavior will also be affected as they will begin to be more secretive and isolated. They might withdraw from social relations and work.

The side effects of Codeine addiction include:

  • Change in pupil shape
  • Slow breathing
  • Blue lips
  • Itching
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Co-codamol addicts also experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the rug. Withdrawal symptoms appear often in two phases. The first phase occurs within a few hours of the last dose. Other symptoms may appear later as the body readapts to life without codeine.

The symptoms of Co-codamol withdrawal include:

  • trouble sleeping
  • teary eyes
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • yawning
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • feeling irritable or anxious
  • trouble sleeping

The physical symptoms can be severe for the first few days and fade away with time, but withdrawal might persist for weeks after a person stops abusing the drug.

Caffeine can also lead to unwanted side effects. In high doses, caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and respiration, and other side effects.

People often assume that Caffeine is safe, while others have trouble keeping up with their consumption even when aware of side effects. About 75 to 80 percent of people in the world drink caffeinated beverages regularlyCaffeine is also a stimulant, meaning that it operates on the central nervous system and boosts the secretion of the hormone dopamine. This means that the brain can develop a tolerance and even a dependency on Caffeine. This is most likely with daily doses of 800 to 1200 mg. If you discontinue consuming caffeine abruptly, you may have mild withdrawal symptoms for a day or more, especially if you consume high doses of Caffeine. Symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine include:

Medications that are intended to heal can easily become dangerous when taken recklessly, especially those labeled as safe. Safe does not mean harmless and even with OTC medications, awareness and care are crucial when it comes to consumption. If you need help with addiction, withdrawal, or dependency, have a look at our website.

 

References

https://www.solpadeine.co.uk/how-painkillers-work

https://www.healthline.com/health/pain-relief/ibuprofen-advil-side-effects#allergic-reaction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solpadeine

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