Chemists' Own Pain Tablets

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets is a brand of medicine containing the active ingredients paracetamol - codeine (combination simple pain relievers).

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Consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflet

Developed by the pharmaceutical company responsible for this medicine in Australia, according to TGA regulations.

Chemists' Own
Pain Tablets and Tabsules

Paracetamol and Codeine Phosphate


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

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What is Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules

The name of your medicine is Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules.

The active ingredients are called Paracetamol and Codeine Phosphate.

Paracetamol belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics. Analgesics are used to block pain. It is also "antipyretic", which means it helps reduce your body temperature if you have a fever.

Codeine phosphate also belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics. It is an "opioid analgesic", and it acts by blocking pain and your emotional response to pain.

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules contain no aspirin.

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets are available as round tablets with a breakbar to allow the tablet to be split in half.

Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules are available as unscored capsule-shaped tablets and are not designed to be split in half.

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What Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules are used for

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules are for the temporary relief of moderate to severe pain.

Provides effective temporary relief from the following symptoms:

  • Backache
  • Headache
  • Migraine Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Toothache
  • Period Pain
  • Tension Headache
  • Symptoms of Colds and Flu
  • Pain associated with trauma or surgery.

Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules for another reason. If you want more information ask your doctor or pharmacist

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Before you take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules

When you must not take it

Do not take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules if:

  1. you have an allergy to:
  • Paracetamol or Codeine Phosphate, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
  • You have had an allergic reaction to other opioid analgesic such as morphine, pethidine or oxycodone.

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules may include:

  • red, itchy skin rashes
  • asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • hay fever
  • swelling of the face or throat
  • faintness.

You should not take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules if you are experiencing breathing difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Do not use Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules if you are suffering from diarrhoea caused by poisoning or antibiotics.

Do not take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Do not take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed. If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not give Chemists' Own Pain Tablets to a child under 12 years.

Do not give Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules to a child under 7 years. The safety and effectiveness of Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules in children under 7 years have not been established.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

  1. you have any allergies to:
  • any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
  1. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Like all medicines, Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules should not be used during pregnancy without first consulting your doctor. If there is a need to consider these medicines during your pregnancy, your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of using it.
  1. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules passes into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking these medicines when breast-feeding.
  1. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
  • kidney or liver disease
  • breathing problems
  • stomach ulcers or disorders
  • inflammation of the bowels
  • constipation
  • difficulty with urinating
  • convulsions or epilepsy
  • depression
  • Addison's disease (low activity of the adrenal gland)
  • an underactive thyroid gland

Elderly patients are more likely to have less effective kidney or liver function due to age. This may increase the risk of side effects. You should discuss how much Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules to take with your doctor or pharmacist.

  1. you are a heavy drinker or drug user
  2. you are about to have surgery under a general anaesthetic
  3. you have recently had gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract surgery
  4. you have had a recent head injury or brain tumour

If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you take any Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may interfere with Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules. These include:

  • some drugs used to treat depression (eg. barbiturates, monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
  • opioid analgesics (eg. morphine and pethidine)
  • medication for epilepsy
  • salicylates or NSAIDS (anti-arthritis drugs)
  • medicines used to help you sleep, or relieve anxiety
  • medication used to treat diarrhoea
  • medicines used to treat high blood pressure
  • alcohol

Some medicines may affect the way others work. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you what to do when taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules with other medicines.

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How to take Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules

How much to take

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules Adults and children over 12 years: 1 to 2 tablets every 4 - 6 hours as necessary.

Do not exceed 8 tablets in a 24-hour period.

Do not give Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules to children under 12 years. Children between 7 - 12 years may only require half a tablet which can not be accurately measured in an unscored capsule-shaped tablet and therefore should use Chemists' Own Pain Tablets.

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets only Children 7 to 12 years: Half a tablet to 1 tablet every 4 - 5 hours as necessary.

Do not exceed 4 tablets in a 24-hour period. Do not administer to children for more than 48 hours except on a doctor's advice. Do not give to children under 7 years of age.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How to take it

Swallow Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules with a glass of water.

When to take it

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules can be taken with or without food.

This medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness. If affected, do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery.

How long to take it

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules is for minor and temporary ailments and should be used strictly as directed. Prolonged use without medical supervision could be harmful.

Do not administer to children for more than 48 hours except on a doctor's advice.

Codeine may be habit forming if taken frequently and over a long period of time. Codeine may cause constipation. If you are not sure how long to take your Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to casualty at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep these telephone numbers handy. If you take too much Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules, you may display the following symptoms: weakness, dizziness, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, sweating, mental confusion and hypotension.

While you are taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules

Things you must do

If you are about to start taking any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules.

Tell all of the doctors, dentists, and pharmacists that are treating you that you are taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules.

Things you must not do

Do not give Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not use Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Chemists' Own Pain Tablets or Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules affects you. These medicines may cause dizziness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to these medicines before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness may be worse.

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Side effects

Check with your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet. Like other medicines, Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • skin rashes
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • constipation

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

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After taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules

Storage

Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.

Keep the tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop taking Chemists' Own Pain Tablets and Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

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Product description

What it looks like

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets are white, round flat bevelled edged tablets, with "CO" embossed on one side and a break bar. They are available in blister packs containing 24, 48 or 96 tablets or in glass bottles contain 50 or 100 tablets.

Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules are yellow, capsule-shaped tablets. They are available in blister packs of 24, 48 or 96 tablets.

Ingredients

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets Each Chemists' Own Pain Tablets contain the following active ingredients:

  • Paracetamol 500 mg
  • Codeine Phosphate 10 mg

The following inactive ingredients are found in Chemists' Own Pain Tablets:

  • starch - maize
  • cellulose - microcrystalline
  • silica - colloidal anhydrous
  • povidone
  • croscarmellose sodium
  • stearic acid
  • magnesium stearate

Chemists' Own Pain Tablets does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules Each Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules contain the following active ingredients:

  • Paracetamol 500 mg
  • Codeine Phosphate 9.6 mg

The following inactive ingredients are found in Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules:

  • Lactose
  • Glyceryl monostearate
  • Povidone
  • Stearic acid
  • Sodium starch glycollate
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Quinoline yellow (104) ci47005
  • Sunset yellow (110) ci15985.

Numbers in brackets are the Australian Food Standard codes.

Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules does contain lactose, but does not sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Manufacturer

Chemists' Own Pty Ltd
(A member of Sigma Group of Companies)
96 Merrindale Drive, Croydon
Victoria 3136

Consumer Enquiries: 1800 003 013

Website: www.chemistsown.com.au

The Australian Registration number for Chemists' Own Pain Tablets in blister packs is AUST R 93836.

The Australian Registration number for Chemists' Own Pain Tablets in glass bottles is AUST R 93828.

The Australian Registration number for Chemists' Own Pain Tabsules is AUST R 93812.

This leaflet was prepared on the 5th February 2004.

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CMI provided by MIMS Australia, December 2014  

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