How do I take Nurofen plus?
- Nurofen plus tablets should preferably be taken either with or after food.
- Adults aged 18 years and over can take one or two Nurofen plus up to three times a day as needed to relieve pain. Leave at least four hours between doses and do not take more than six tablets in 24 hours.
- Adolescents aged 12 to 18 years can take one or two Nurofen plus up to three times a day as needed to relieve pain. Leave at least six hours between doses and do not take more than six tablets in 24 hours.
- Do not take more than the recommended dose.
- Do not take Nurofen plus for longer than three days without consulting your doctor. Taking codeine regularly for more than three days can lead to addiction to the medicine and withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.
- Consult your doctor if your pain doesn’t get better despite taking Nurofen plus.
What should I know before I take Nurofen plus?
- Codeine can cause drowsiness, although at the dose contained in Nurofen plus this is very unlikely. However, if you do find this medicine makes you feel sleepy or dizzy you should not drive or operate machinery and avoid drinking alcohol.
- In March 2015 a new ‘drug driving’ law came into force that allows police to use roadside drug tests to check for the presence of prohibited drugs in a driver’s saliva. The medicines prohibited by the law include morphine. Codeine is converted into morphine by the liver, which means it may be an offence to drive while you are taking Nurofen plus. You should not drive if you think this medicine affects your ability to drive safely, for example if it makes you feel sleepy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision.
- People can vary considerably in the way that their body metabolises codeine. For some people this may lead to an increased chance of getting side effects, such as reduced levels of consciousness; sleepiness; slow, shallow breathing; ‘pin-point’ pupils; lack of appetite; constipation; or nausea and vomiting. If you experience any of these you should stop taking Nurofen plus and get medical advice straight away. For other people it may mean that the codeine is less effective, so if you find this medicine doesn’t relieve your symptoms well enough you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not take Nurofen plus for longer than three days without consulting your doctor. If codeine is taken regularly for long periods of time, the body can become tolerant to it and it may become less effective at relieving pain. With prolonged use, the body may also become dependent on the codeine. As a result, when you then stop taking the medicine you may get withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness and irritability.
- Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can actually make the headaches worse.
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