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Dihydrocodeine

Dihydrocodeine is an opioid medicine used to treat mild to severe pain caused by conditions such as; shingles, sciatica, post-surgery pain and joint and bone pain.

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Tablets
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30 mg
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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.

Dihydrocodeine tartrate is a type of strong painkiller known as an opioid. Opioids work by mimicking the action of natural pain-reducing compounds called endorphins, which are produced in the brain and spinal cord.

Dihydrocodeine acts on the same opioid receptors as our natural endorphins. It stops pain signals being sent by the nerves to the brain. This means that even though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.

Opioids are addictive when used recreationally. But, if you're taking dihydrocodeine to relieve pain it's less likely that you will get addicted to it in the psychological sense, because you're not taking it to get a 'high'.

However, if used for long periods of time, your body can become tolerant to the dihydrocodeine and it may become less effective at relieving pain. With prolonged use, your body can also become dependent on the dihydrocodeine. This means you may get withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness and irritability if you then suddenly stop taking it.

To avoid these problems, don't take dihydrocodeine for longer than prescribed by your doctor. If you've been taking dihydrocodeine for a long time it's best to reduce the dose slowly when stopping treatment to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. Always follow the instructions given by your doctor.

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