What changed and what medicines were affected?
On 1 February 2018, there was change to how codeine medicines were scheduled. The change means codeine medicines have stopped being available over-the-counter at a pharmacy.
The following codeine-containing medicines are no longer available without a prescription.
- Codeine-containing combination analgesics (painkillers) (available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus, Mersyndol and pharmacy generic pain relief products).
- Codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products (available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines).