What are Solpadol 30/500mg Capsules Used For?

4th November 2021

Solpadol is a brand of pain relief medication. Solpadol contains a combination of paracetamol and codeine. The generic version of Solpadol is called co-codamol. 

Can I take Solpadol?

Adults and children aged 12 and over can take Solpadol. Like all medications, situations can arise which make Solpadol unsafe to take. You must check with your doctor before taking Solpadol if you:

  • Are allergic to codeine, paracetamol or any of the other medications
  • Have severe asthma attacks or a condition that causes you to have breathing problems
  • Have recently had a head injury
  • Have been told by your doctor that you have increased pressure in your head. Signs of this include headaches, vomiting and blurred eyesight
  • Have recently had an operation on your liver, gallbladder or bile duct
  • Are taking medicine to treat depression called MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or have taken them in the last 2 weeks
  • Have problems with alcohol consumption
  • Are under 12 years old
  • Are under 18 years old and have had your tonsils removed, due to sleep apnoea
  • Are currently breastfeeding
  • Are or have ever been addicted to opioids, alcohol, prescription medicines, or illegal drugs
  • Have previously suffered from withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, anxiety, shaking or sweating, when you have stopped taking alcohol or drugs
  • Feel that Solpadol is losing its effect on relieving you of pain
  • Have severe kidney or liver problems
  • Have problems passing water or problems with your prostate
  • Have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Are elderly
  • Are taking a benzodiazepine
  • Know you are a slow or intermediate metaboliser of an enzyme called CYP2D6, because a different dose may be applicable to you.
  • Are taking a medicine that induces CYP3A4 enzyme activity such as rifampicin

Solpadol can affect your ability to drive as it can make you feel tired or dizzy. It is vital that you do not drive whilst taking this medication. 

Solpadol for neck pain

How do I take Solpadol?

How much Solpadol you should take must be decided by your prescriber/a medical professional. You must always take your dosage as it has been outlined. Never take more than your recommended dosage, never take the medication for longer than has been recommended to you and swallow the medication whole (do not cut up or crush).

Although your dosage will be personalised to you by a professional, on average, the dosage pattern for Solpadol is as follows.


2 capsules every 4 to 6 hours, when necessary, up to a maximum of 8 caplets in 24 hours.

Children aged 16 to 18 years:

1-2 caplets every 6 hours, when necessary, up to a maximum of 8 caplets in 24 hours.

Children aged 12 to 15 years:

1 caplet every 6 hours, when necessary, up to a maximum of 4 caplets in 24 hours.

Solpadol should never be taken for longer than 3 days. If your pain does not alleviate after the 3 days, do not continue to take the medication. You must contact your GP for advice.

Does Solpadol have any side effects?

Like all medications, Solpadol does have side effects. Common side effects can happen in 1 out of 100 people. The side effects should alleviate once you have stopped taking the medication but if they do not, or if they are bothering you, it is best to speak to your GP.

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Fainting
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty urinating
  • You get infections or bruise more easily than usual
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

The following side effects are slightly less common and if they occur, it is recommended that you seek advice from a medical professional straight away:

  • Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • An itchy, lumpy rash or nettle rash
  • Severe stomach pains which can also be felt in your back
Solpadol for headache

Can I buy Solpadol from EU Meds?

You can safely buy Solpadol online at EU Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before you can buy Solpadol. The online consultation will ensure that Solpadol is the right medication for your medical condition.