What is Solpadeine?

Solpadeine is the brand name of a painkiller that contains codeine and paracetamol. Although it is available through prescription, Solpadeine can also be bought over the counter and provides fast and effective pain relief when weaker painkillers fail to respond. However, although codeine is considered less addictive than other opioid medications, it is also incredibly addictive. With Solpadeine being so easily accessible means many people develop an addiction fairly quickly.  

What is Solpadeine Addiction?

Solpadeine addiction can occur as a result of taking the drug for an extended period or taking more than the recommended dose. Someone addicted to Solpadeine is unable to control their need for the drug and will spend most of their time obsessing about their next dose.

Long-term abuse of Solpadeine can ultimately lead to tolerance. Tolerance is a phenomenon whereby a substance no longer produces the feelings it once did, leading to higher and more frequent doses to achieve the desired effects.  In cases of prolonged use, the drug is needed just to feel normal. Addiction will eventually exacerbate a user’s inability to cope with day-to-day tasks without codeine.

Solpadeine addiction is particularly dangerous because many people don’t consider it to be a powerful drug. However, opioid withdrawal symptoms can be agonising and will manifest even after short-term use. 

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Solpadeine Addiction Symptoms

Addiction to over-the-counter medications like Solpadeine can be harder to recognise in yourself and others. There is far less stigma attached to its use because it’s an illegal substance, which means many users remain in denial for much longer.

However, the long-term effects of Solpadeine addiction can result in serious mental and physical harm. Recognising the common signs and symptoms of Solpadeine addiction means you can treat the problem sooner rather than later. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, common signs and symptoms of Solpadeine addiction include the following:

  • Lying to conceal the true extent of your Solpadeine use 
  • Increasing your doses to achieve a high
  • The onset of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Solpadeine
  • Continuing to take Solpadeine despite no longer experiencing the pain you were treating 
  • Visiting different chemists to obtain Solpadeine
  • Exaggerating medical issues as a way of manipulating doctors to prescribe more Solpadeine 
  • Hiding Solpadeine tablets and Solpadeine consumption from others
  • Paying less attention to your appearance and personal hygiene 
  • Becoming more withdrawn and isolating from friends and family 

Addiction is a progressive disease, and as it continues, you are increasingly likely to go to dangerous lengths in order to gain access to the drug. This could involve stealing money to help fund your addiction, increasing your dose and mixing Solpadeine with other substances. 

If you are concerned about a loved one or are worried about your own dependency, it is important to seek help as soon as possible before the problem deteriorates. 

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Solpadeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Solpadeine contains codeine, which is a highly addictive painkiller. After long-term abuse, tolerance to codeine will build up in the body, which means you will require much higher doses to achieve the same effects. This in turn can lead to physical and psychological dependence on the drug. 

Much like other opioid drugs, abuse of Solpadeine can lead to chemical changes in the brain and central nervous system. Over time the brain becomes dependent on Solpadeine to produce chemicals such as dopamine and is unable to do so without it. If you suddenly stop taking Solpadeine the brain and body must learn how to function without it and needs time to adjust. During this period, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.  

The symptoms of Solpadeine withdrawal will vary for each person depending on several factors such as age, weight, height, gender and overall physical health. The severity and duration of the Solpadeine withdrawal will be affected by: 

  • Duration of Solpadeine use
  • Your average dose 
  • Frequency of use
  • Whether it was combined with other substances
  • Method of use 

Common symptoms of Solpadeine withdrawal include:

  • Fever
  • Stomach pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Cravings

While these symptoms may not sound serious alone, there is a high chance they will deteriorate if not treated appropriately. Dehydration can lead to dangerous and sometimes fatal health complications which is why a medical detox programme is always recommended if you wish to overcome addiction to opioids. 

What are the side effects of taking Solpadeine?

Solpadeine, like many other medications on the market, involves the risk of experiencing side effects as a result of regular use. When Solpadeine is abused recreationally, the likelihood of experiencing adverse reactions is much higher. The following are some of the side effects known to be associated with Solpadeine:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Difficulty passing urine

If you experience any of the symptoms above, you should avoid operating heavy machinery or participating in any activity that may cause harm to yourself and others.

What do you do if you overdose on Solpadeine.

A Solpadeine overdose will produce many of the same symptoms as other opioids. Contrary to popular belief, an overdose doesn’t always mean falling unconscious, which is why many signs of a Solpadeine overdose are ignored, to begin with. However, if not treated immediately, these symptoms could lead to more dangerous consequences, some of which can be fatal. Recognising the symptoms of a Solpadeine overdose could ultimately save a life. The most common symptoms include: 

  • Irregular breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Discoloration of lips and fingernails, indicating oxygen deprivation
  • Sweaty or clammy skin
  • Lack of coordination due to loss of oxygen 
  • Pinpoint pupils 
  • Cardiovascular changes such as a weakened pulse 

Solpadeine & alcohol:

Although Solpadeine is effective for pain management, it is still considered a weak opioid compared to other medications, which is why some users choose to mix it with substances like alcohol. By doing this, the effects of both Solpadeine and alcohol are temporarily enhanced.

However, due to how both substances affect the brain, the intoxication that occurs as a result of mixing the two is far more intense than using one or the other. Because codeine and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, combining the two can eventually lead to respiratory failure. 


Solpadeine & addiction treatment

Solpadeine contains codeine which is an opiate drug. This means the possibility of agonising withdrawal symptoms which can be extremely distressing to people who have not been through it before. The most effective way to overcome Solpadeine addiction is through a combination of medical detox and addiction therapy. 


The most effective form of Solpadeine addiction treatment is inpatient rehab. Being removed from society and your access to drugs has proven to be the safest and most successful way to overcome addiction.

At an inpatient rehab, you will be assessed by a doctor and prescribed medication which will help alleviate the symptoms of Solpadeine withdrawal. Once you have begun your detox and you are considered physically well enough to participate in therapy, you will be offered individual and group therapy to treat the psychological aspects of addiction. 


Solpadeine is a painkiller used to treat pain when regular over the counter medications fail to do so. It can be obtained through a prescription from a medical professional. 

Someone abusing Solpadeine may present a range of physical or behavioural symptoms which could indicate a potential issue. Physical symptoms include drowsiness, slurred speech, and lowered inhibitions. However, behavioural signs are easier to spot, with many users lying about the extent of their Solpadeine use, as well as isolating themselves from friends and family. 

Solpadeine is not an illegal substance and is available to buy over the counter at most pharmacies. However, Solpadeine contains low doses of codeine, which is controlled under Class B of the Misuse of Drugs Act. That means it’s illegal to possess codeine on its own without a prescription. Possession can lead to a maximum of five years in prison, a fine or both.

Solpadeine contains codeine, which is an opioid, therefore it will produce the same effects as other opioid medications. As well as effectively treating pain, Solpadeine can make users feel calm and relaxed, and also has sedating effects. These effects are what make it one of the most abused over the counter medications on the market today. 

Many people put off getting help for Solpadeine addiction because they don’t believe it’s necessary for issues involving over the counter medication. However, Solpadeine contains codeine which is highly addictive and can result in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms which may result in further use and eventually lead to overdose. Over the counter medications require a medical detox in addition to therapy.   

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