It is an opioid medicine. Opioids belong to a group of medicines called analgesics, which are commonly known as painkillers. Its use is to relieve moderate to severe pain caused by conditions including sciatica, shingles, post-surgery, joint and bone pain.
Dihydrocodeine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain; higher doses are slightly stronger than codeine or co-codamol and are prescribed for more severe pain.
DF118 Forte tablets are a brand of dihydrocodeine containing 40mg dihydrocodeine - these are only used to relieve severe pain.
DHC Continus prolonged-release tablets are a brand of dihydrocodeine containing 60mg, 90mg or 120mg dihydrocodeine. They are designed to release the medicine gradually over 12 hours and are prescribed to help give continuous pain relief from chronic severe pain.