Do not take dihydrocodeine with painkillers that contain codeine. You will be more likely to get side effects.
Painkillers that contain codeine include co-codamol (codeine and paracetamol), Nurofen Plus (codeine and ibuprofen), co-codaprin (codeine and aspirin) and Solpadeine (codeine, paracetamol, ibuprofen and caffeine).
6. Side effects
Like all medicines, dihydrocodeine can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
You’re more likely to have side effects if you take the higher strengths of dihydrocodeine.
Common side effects
Common side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or do not go away:
- feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
- feeling sleepy
- confusion, feeling dizzy and vertigo (a sensation of spinning)
- dry mouth
Serious side effects
Serious side effects happen in less than 1 in 100 people. Call a doctor straight away if you get any of the following:
- muscle stiffness
- feel dizzy, tired and have low energy – this could be a sign of low blood pressure (hypotension)