What is Dihydrocodeine?
Dihydrocodeine is a type of painkiller called an opioid. It treats moderate to severe pain caused by injuries (such as to the joints or muscles), surgery, or serious illnesses such as cancer. As an opioid, it is only available to purchase in the UK with a prescription. Due to its strength, it is more often employed as a short-term treatment; although it is sometimes used under supervision to treat pain associated with chronic conditions as well.
- Useful in easing injury or post-surgical pain.
- Also adept at treating episodes caused by neuropathic conditions.
- Buy with a prescription from our UK pharmacy.
- Take our questionnaire to have your case checked by a medical professional.
As an opioid analgesic, Dihydrocodeine combats pain by interfering with the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It does this by bonding with opioid receptors, and this helps the nerve centres in the brain to ignore the signals sent to it. So, even though the cause of pain may still be present, the person using the drug is less aware of it.
How to Take Dihydrocodeine
Your prescriber will tell you how to take this treatment.
- In the majority of cases, one or two tablets will be taken to provide relief.
- This dose should not be administered more than once every four hours, or more than four times every 24 hours.
- Take with or after food.
How Can Treatment Help Me?
In treating pain associated with various conditions and injuries, Dihydrocodeine helps the user to maintain mobility, and can be a useful aid in the rehabilitation process. For chronic sufferers, it may also help to improve quality of life during painful episodes.
How to Get the Most from Your Treatment
In order to maximise the effectiveness of Dihydrocodeine, you should adhere to the instructions specified by your doctor. It will also help you to read the patient leaflet provided.
Do not drink alcohol during treatment, as it may increase the possibility of adverse effects, or stop it from working properly.
Can Dihydrocodeine Cause Problems?
Some people will not be able to use this drug. It is not recommended for use in pregnancy or during breastfeeding.
Possible side effects include but are not limited to:
- Decreased heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
People with the following may not be able to use it:
- allergic to lactose
- kidney or liver problems
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- A history of alcohol dependence
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