How Long Does It Take Dihydrocodeine Work? This depends on the type of dihydrocodeine you take – fast-acting, standard or slow-acting.
Dihydrocodeine liquid is fast-acting and takes around 30 to 60 minutes to work.
Standard tablets take between 1.5 and 2 hours to work fully.
Slow-acting tablets may take a little longer to work, but will last longer.
1. About dihydrocodeine
Dihydrocodeine is an opiate painkiller. It’s used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as after an operation or a serious injury.
Dihydrocodeine is only available on prescription. It also comes mixed with paracetamol, this is called co-dydramol.
It comes as standard tablets, slow-release tablets and as a liquid that you swallow. It can also be given by an injection into the muscle or under the skin. This is usually done in hospital.
Dihydrocodeine is also known by the brand names DHC Continus and DF118 Forte.
2. Key facts
- Dihydrocodeine works by stopping pain signals travelling along the nerves to the brain.
- Standard dihydrocodeine tablets take 1.5 to 2 hours to work fully.
- It’s possible to become addicted to dihydrocodeine, but your doctor will explain how to reduce the risks of becoming addicted.
- If you need to take dihydrocodeine for more than a few weeks, your treatment plan may include details of how and when to stop taking this medicine.
- The most common side effects are feeling or being sick, feeling drowsy or constipation.