How does Dihydrocodeine work?

Usage: Moderate to severe pain, dry cough

How does Dihydrocodeine work?
Dihydrocodeine is an opioid pain reliever. It works by blocking pain nerve signals from reaching the brain. Dihydrocodeine can relieve moderate to severe pain. Dihydrocodeine also has antitussive properties and is used as a cough suppressant.

How to use Dihydrocodeine and adjust the dosage?
Dihydrocodeine is an oral medication and is commonly available in pills, oral liquids, and syrups. Dihydrocodeine should be taken after meals.

Relieve moderate to severe pain
Take 30 mg every four to six hours as needed.

Children (12-17 years old)
Take 30 mg every four to six hours.

Children (4-11 years old)
Every four to six hours, the dose is 0.5-1 mg per kilogram of body weight, not to exceed 30 mg per dose.

Children (1-3 years old)
Take 500 mcg every four to six hours.

What are the side effects of Dihydrocodeine?
Common side effects of dihydrocodeine include constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, agitation, hallucinations, difficulty breathing (in high doses), flushing, headache, nausea, and vomiting (more common when you first start taking it). Like other opioids, long-term use of dihydrocodeine has the potential to lead to resistance or addiction, which can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when discontinued.

Who should not use Dihydrocodeine?
– Persons allergic to dihydrocodeine or any component of its preparations.
– Those who have been or are currently suffering from alcohol or drug dependence.
– Patients with respiratory distress, severe bronchial asthma or gastrointestinal obstruction.

Pharmacist Tip:
– Opioids can be addictive and may develop intolerance after prolonged use.
– In case of serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
– If you have been using dihydrocodeine for a long time, do not stop it suddenly on your own.
– Eat more high-fiber foods, drink more water, and exercise more to reduce side effects (constipation).
– It is best to avoid alcohol while taking dihydrocodeine.

Common taking time:
Dihydrocodeine can be taken every four to eight hours, or as needed. Dihydrocodeine should be taken after meals.

The information is for reference only, and the actual medication time will be adjusted according to individual circumstances.

Common possible conflicting drugs:
– Antidepressants such as Amitriptyline, Doxepin
– Antipsychotics such as Aripiprazole, Risperidone, Olanzapine
– Benzodiazepines such as Lorazepam, Midazolam
– Blood pressure lowering drugs such as Atenolol, Verapamil
– Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as Selegiline

If you are taking the above medicines, please inform your doctor or pharmacist, the dosage may need to be adjusted.


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