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Co-codamol & alcohol side effects

Before we look into the side effects of mixing co-codamol and alcohol, it is important to gain an understanding of what exactly co-codamol is and what it is used for.

Containing paracetamol and codeine, co-codamol is a painkiller and is used when paracetamol alone doesn’t ease the pain. The added codeine, a slightly stronger painkiller, also helps to provide relief from pain and discomfort.

Despite being available on prescription from a doctor, co-codamol can become addictive. We compiled a list of prescription drug addiction blogs that may provide a greater understanding into the effects that they can have.

No matter your tolerance level, you should never mix alcohol with co-codamol. There are numerous side effects to mixing the two that we will explain further down this page.

As previously mentioned, co-codamol contains ingredients of codeine – an opiate drug used when someone isn’t responding to painkillers. Prolonged use of codeine can lead to a full-blown addiction. Read up on codeine addiction help here.

As a prescribed medicine, co-codamol is used for back problems, muscle ache, pain relief after surgery, rheumatic disorders, flu, fever and migraines.

Side effects of co-codamol

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Itching or skin rashes
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty passing urine

Upon reading the possible side effects of taking co-codamol, it becomes even clearer why you shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking this drug. Drinking only serves to further emphasise many of these side effects and can become extremely dangerous when mixed.

Can I become addicted to co-codamol?

In short, yes. Co-codamol addiction occurs in sync with an increased tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. In order to achieve the sought after feeling, users increase the doses and can quickly become addicted.

The need to remove the feeling of intense pain can lead people to take co-codamol at increased levels, as described in this co-codamol addiction blog.

It is entirely possible to overdose on co-codamol and doing so can cause serious damage to the liver and kidneys. Of course, alcohol increases the risk of liver damage if an overdose of co-codamol occurs and persistent heavy drinkers are at a greater risk.

In a recent high-profile example, Ant McPartlin (one half of Ant and Dec) revealed how he turned to prescription drugs after a troubled operation on his knee back in 2014.

The I’m A Celeb presenter said: “Initially I was prescribed co-codamol, codeine, the normal stuff you would get, and then a lot of opium-based stuff.

“They’re very hard to come off, and I drank with them, which was stupid and very reckless.”

After being told by his doctor that he was taking his life into his own hands, McPartlin sought help.

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