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Dihydrocodeine is a strong pain killer which is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is an opioid-based analgesic that can be used on its own or with other painkillers such as paracetamol or aspirin. It is usually used when other painkillers, including over the counter and prescription painkillers, have not been effective enough when used on their own. In the UK, it is sold under the brand name DHC Continus, and manufactured by Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd was founded in 1923 and it is a private pharmaceutical company based in Cambridge who produces many opioid-based medications.

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Dihydrocodeine 30 mg

The active ingredient in this medication is called dihydrocodeine tartrate, and this was first developed in Germany in 1908, and licenced for use in 1911. As it was developed so long ago, there has not been a patent in place for many years. As there is no patent in place, generic versions of the medication have been in circulation for a long time. Some of the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture Dihydrocodeine tablets in the UK include Accord Healthcare Ltd, M&A Pharmachem Ltd, and DE Pharmaceuticals.

Do you have a chronic condition that causes endless pain? Do you need treatment that effectively manages your symptoms? Are you in need of affordable medication? If you said yes to any of these questions, continue reading to find out how we may be able to offer just what you need.

What is Dihydrocodeine Used to Treat?

Dihydrocodeine is an opioid analgesic used to manage moderate to severe pain. It is also sometimes used to prevent coughing and treat breathlessness; however, this is less common. It is usually used as a painkiller after surgery or after a serious injury. It can also be used for acute pain, which means pain that does not last for more than a few days. Acute pain examples include:

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Toothache
  • Period pains
  • Joint pains

This medication is also used for the management of chronic conditions where pain is a primary symptom. Some of the conditions this is useful for include the following:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Dihydrocodeine pills can be used in isolation, however, their effectiveness is further increased when combined with other painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin. It is widely accepted that using opioid-based analgesics alongside over the counter painkillers is more effective than using either on their own. Living with pain can be debilitating and many people choose to buy Dihydrocodeine to relieve their symptoms so that they can be free of symptoms and live their lives to the fullest. If you are looking for effective treatment, then we have a range of affordable options for you on our site.

Dihydrocodeine Mechanism of Action

The Dihydrocodeine mechanism of action is similar to other opioid-based medications such as codeine and morphine. It is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller, and it works by targeting opioid receptors. These types of receptors are found in the brain, which is part of the central nervous system. Our central nervous systems are responsible for transmitting information and controlling our bodily functions, including the perception of pain. We have different types of receptors all over our bodies and they receive different stimuli in order to produce an electrical signal which transmits information, in this case, pain. The receptors which receive information about pain are called nociceptors, and a stimulus that produces pain is called a noxious stimulus.

Noxious stimuli are solely to do with pain, and it is this perception that the Dihydrocodeine active ingredient subdues. When the active ingredient binds to the opioid receptors, it releases certain chemicals which reduce the sensation and perception of pain. It also targets the noradrenergic and serotonergic neuronal pathways which is thought to help with the psychological aspect of pain as well as the physical sensations. It is quite a complicated mechanism of action, but in simple terms, it reduces the electrical signals which transmit information to do with pain, thereby relieving you of your symptoms.

Dihydrocodeine Duration of Action

Dihydrocodeine tablets are absorbed effectively following ingestion. They typically take around 1 hour to start working and reach their highest concentration after about 1 hour and 45 minutes. This can vary from person to person based on certain aspects of your body. For example, someone with a low body mass index (BMI) may feel the Dihydrocodeine benefits a little quicker than someone with a high BMI.

Similarly, if someone has a naturally fast metabolism, they will feel the effects of the medication faster than someone who has a slow to average metabolism. Additionally, it may take slightly longer to work if you take this medication with food as opposed to on an empty stomach. This variation of absorption is minor, however, and most people will benefit from taking the medication within 60 minutes.

The Dihydrocodeine elimination half-life ranges from between 4 and 5 hours, so this is roughly how long you will feel the benefits of the medication. When health professionals refer to the elimination half-life, they mean the time it takes for 50% of the active ingredient to be metabolised by the liver and excreted from the body. So, after 4 to 5 hours, half of the medication will still be in your system, and it can be detected for up to 34 hours.

Dosage Instructions for Dihydrocodeine

Before you start taking this medication, read the Dihydrocodeine dosage instruction leaflet carefully so that you can get the best out of your treatment. In terms of strength, Dihydrocodeine 30 mg is usually used for moderate to severe pain, and as we mentioned, the effects of this can be increased by combining it with other over the counter pain medications. It may sometimes be necessary to take a lower strength, for example, if you have any contraindications. You can easily take a half-dose by breaking your tablet into two. Dihydrocodeine 60 mg is the strongest dose available and can be used if your pain is not managed effectively enough with lower doses.

How often you take your medication will depend on what you are using it to treat. For acute pain, you can take it when you feel you cannot tolerate your symptoms. For chronic pain, you will usually follow a routine of taking your first dose in the morning, then at lunch, at dinner time, and before bed. It may not be necessary to take it this often, and this will of course depend on the severity of your pain. It should be noted that you cannot take Dihydrocodeine more than 4 times per day.

Medication should always be stored out of reach of children, ideally in a locked cabinet or drawer. It should also be kept in a cool, dry place.

Does Dihydrocodeine Have Side Effects?

As with all medications, there is the possibility of side effects. They tend to only affect a small proportion of people, however, and this medication is generally tolerated well. Some Dihydrocodeine side effects to be aware of include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Despite some people experiencing drowsiness, Dihydrocodeine 30 mg has fewer sedative effects than other opioid-based medications. If you do feel sleepy, however, it is important not to drive or use machinery as this can impair your judgement. If you feel sick when you take this medication then you should make sure to take it with food, although try not to eat rich or spicy food as this can make symptoms worse. Ensuring you stay well hydrated will help with constipation if you experience that.

It is very uncommon, but some people may have more serious adverse reactions when they take Dihydrocodeine tablets. Some of these side effects include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe mood changes

Mild side effects will usually improve as your body gets used to the new medication, and do not usually require intervention. If you suffer from any of the serious adverse effects mentioned, seek immediate medical assistance.

It should be noted that this is not a full list of possible side effects. If you would like an extensive overview of the side effects associated with this medication it is advisable to read the patient information leaflet which can be found on our website.

Can Dihydrocodeine Be Used Long Term?

Ideally, Dihydrocodeine 30 mg should be used short-term. If it is used for longer than 28 days, there is a risk of physical dependence. There is also a risk of increased tolerance, which means that your body gets used to a medication the more you take it, and it will not work as well as it did. To reduce the risk of dependence and tolerance, you should ideally change the type of medication you take every 4 to 6 weeks. If you want to stop taking Dihydrocodeine pills after taking them for an extensive period, then it is advisable to reduce your dose slowly so that you avoid withdrawal effects.

Unfortunately, not everyone can take painkillers on a short-term basis, especially if you have a chronic condition such as arthritis. Leaving chronic pain untreated can be detrimental to your health. For example, you may have reduced mobility, decreased concentration, insomnia, or mental health problems such as depression.

Should Anyone Avoid Dihydrocodeine

Dihydrocodeine is suitable for most people, however, there are people with certain conditions who may need to take extra care when taking it, or even avoid it completely. Seek advice before taking this medication if:

  • You have an allergy to Dihydrocodeine
  • You have problems with your kidneys
  • You have problems with your liver
  • You have breathing difficulties such as COPD
  • You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant

There are also some medications that interact negatively with this one, which include:

  • Other opioid-based medications such as Oxycodone
  • Benzodiazepines such as Diazepam
  • Non-benzodiazepines such as Zopiclone
  • Some herbal supplements such as St John’s Wort

This is not a full list of possible contraindications, and if in doubt, speak to a medical professional before you buy Dihydrocodeine or any other medication.

Considerations Before You Buy Dihydrocodeine

Before you buy Dihydrocodeine, think about where is best to get it. Some people may prefer to get non-prescription medication from a high street store. Over the counter medication is much weaker, however, and ineffective for most people unless they have mild pain. The range of medications from high street stores is much more limited than in online pharmacies. Most people prefer to buy Dihydrocodeine online because there are so many more options available. It is also much cheaper as the overhead costs of running an online pharmacy are much lower.

We do not require a prescription for any of our products so that we can make our medication available to anyone who may need it. Being able to buy medication without a prescription means you also have more privacy, which is lacking when you consult your GP or pharmacist. Your privacy is further increased when you shop with us as we use plain packaging when we post your order.

Where to Buy Dihydrocodeine in the UK

Hopefully we have answered any questions you had about what Dihydrocodeine is, how it works, and the potential of any risks involved. All you need to do now is to place your order with us. This process is easier than ever, thanks to our simple web interface.

First, select the medication you wish to buy, such as Dihydrocodeine 30 mg. When you have done this, you will need to choose the desired quantity you want to order, which will be added to your cart. If you have added everything you wish to order, you can proceed to the checkout, where there will be instructions advising you on how to complete your transaction.

We accept different payment methods including MasterCard, Visa, direct bank transfers, and Bitcoin. You will get a confirmation email after your transaction is complete with details including the delivery date, and the descriptor name that will appear on your bank statement. We offer fast UK to UK and UK to EU delivery, so you will not be waiting long for your medication.

Place your order to buy Dihydrocodeine online in the UK by visiting Sleeping Tablets Direct today, and get the relief you need.

FAQ – Dihydrocodeine

What is Dihydrocodeine Used for?

Dihydrocodeine is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, during recovery after surgery, chronic pain and other conditions including coughing. Dihydrocodeine can be taken on its own or in conjunction with aspirin or paracetamol.

How Long does Dihydrocodeine Take to Work?

Dihydrocodeine is fast-acting and begins working within 30 – 60 minutes. The recommended dosage is 15 – 60 mg every 4 – 6 hours no more than 4 times per day.

Is Dihydrocodeine Twice as Strong as Codeine?

Yes, Dihydrocodeine is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic medication used for severe pain and is regarded as twice as potent as Codeine.

How Can I Buy Dihydrocodeine Online?

Shopping via online pharmacies has made it easier than ever to buy Dihydrocodeine online. Genuine retailers provide customer service around the clock and offer flexible payment and order options.

How Much does Dihydrocodeine Cost?

Dihydrocodeine retails online from approximately £1.00 per pill. Prices get cheaper the more you order and promotions are available.


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