Medicines

Syndol Tablets: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Addiction

Syndol is a combination medicine that helps to relieve muscle pain. It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers causing pain, inflammation, and fever. This improves muscle movement and relieves pain and discomfort.

Syndol Tablets contain four different ingredients, caffeine, codeine phosphate, doxylamine succinate, and paracetamol. The paracetamol acts as an analgesic (painkiller) and an antipyretic (lowers body temperature). Codeine is an analgesic, doxylamine is an antihistamine and caffeine act as a mild stimulant, this means Syndol gets to work rapidly.

Syndol Tablets should be used for the short-term treatment of acute moderate pain, which is not relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin alone. Short-term use is defined as 3 days.

These, original formula, high-strength tablets help to quickly and effectively help provide pain relief when you need it most.

Can be used for:

•        Tension Headache

•        Migraines

•        Muscular Aches and Pains

•        Neuralgia

•        Period Pain

•        Dental Pain

How to take Syndol tablets

Do not take less than four hours after taking other painkillers.

Adults: Take 1 or 2 tablets every hour for 4 to 6 hours, as needed for relief. Do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Children Aged 16-18 Years: Take 1 or 2 tablets every 6 hours, as needed for relief. Do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Children Aged 12-15 Years: Take 1 tablet every 6 hours, as needed for relief. Do not exceed 4 tablets in 24 hours.

Caution: This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you take it continuously for more than 3 days. If you take this medication for headaches for more than 3 days it can make them worse.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it’s almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A codeine overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include slow breathing and heart rate, severe drowsiness, muscle weakness, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, and fainting.

Can a pregnant or breastfeeding woman take Syndol?

No, Syndol is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not take Syndol while you are breastfeeding. Codeine and morphine pass into breast milk.

What are the possible side effects of Syndol?

Stop taking Syndol and see a doctor straight away if you get any of the following side effects:

• You get swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, lips, or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You could also notice an itchy, lumpy rash (hives) or nettle rash (urticaria). You may be having an allergic reaction to the medicine.

Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following side effects:

• You have rash, fever, swelling, bruising, or tiredness

• You develop yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes

• You have severe abdominal pain which may reach your back. This could be a sign of inflammation of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis)

• You get infections or bruise more easily. This could be because of a blood problem.

• You experience blistering or bleeding of the skin around the lips, eyes, mouth, nose, and genitals. Also flu-like symptoms and fever. This may be something called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

• You have a severe blistering rash where layers of the skin may peel off to leave large areas of raw-exposed skin over the body. Also a feeling of being generally unwell, fever, chills, and aching muscles. This may be something called ‘Toxic epidermal necrolysis’. Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:

• Constipation

• Headache

• Drowsiness, fatigue

• Dizziness

• Restlessness

• Twitching or tightening of muscles

• Difficulty or pain passing urine

• Dry mouth

• Blurred or double vision/visual disturbances

• Ringing in ears (tinnitus)

• Feeling or being sick

• Diarrhoea

• Thick phlegm

• Low blood pressure (causing lightheadedness or fainting when standing up)

• Confusion

• Depression/mood swings

• Difficulty sleeping,

• Shaking/fits

• Irregular heartbeat

• Palpitations

• Stomach pain

• Sweating

• Facial flushing

• General discomfort

• Loss of appetite (anorexia)

• Very slow or shallow breathing, shortness of breath

• Hallucinations, nightmares

• Cramps or stiffness

• Codeine dependence

• Not being able to pass water (urinary retention)

Prolonged use can lead to worsening of headaches. If you feel you are reacting badly to this medicine in any way stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor or pharmacist.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How do I know if I’m addicted?

If you take this medicine according to the instructions on the pack, it is unlikely that you will become addicted to the medicine. However, if the following apply to you it is important that you talk to your doctor:

• You need to take the medicine for longer periods of time.

• You need to take more than the recommended dose.

• When you stop taking the medicine you still feel very unwell but you feel better.

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