You should not drink alcohol if you are taking co-codamol, or any other medication that contains paracetamol or codeine. This is because alcohol can make you sleepy, and may increase the side effects of these medicines. This is a risk even in small doses, and can lead to accidents or injury. It is particularly dangerous to mix it with sedatives. If you do need to take these medicines together, it is important that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist first. You should also tell them if you smoke, or if you have any other health problems such as stomach ulcers or severe heart, kidney or liver disease.
Co-codamol is a combination of the painkiller paracetamol and codeine, which is an opioid. Opioids work by blocking pain messages to the brain. It is a strong painkiller, and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including headaches, toothache, and other pain and fevers. It can also be taken as a cough suppressant. It is available as tablets or capsules, or as a soluble tablet (effervescent or dispersible) that dissolves in water. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy. This is because codeine can pass into breast milk, and can cause breathing problems in the baby. It is also not recommended for breastfeeding, as it can pass into the mother’s bloodstream and harm her baby.
Drinking alcohol while taking can you drink on co codamol or other medication containing codeine or paracetamol can have serious side effects, especially in children. This includes drowsiness, slow or shallow breathing, and being unable to concentrate or think clearly. It can also cause seizures in some people. These symptoms can happen if you drink too much alcohol or have a very high dose of co-codamol. They can be life-threatening.
It is a good idea to have a glass of water or another non-alcoholic drink with each dose of co-codamol. This helps prevent constipation, which can be a problem with some painkillers. You can try to avoid constipation by eating more high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and drinking several glasses of water or other liquid each day. You should also do some gentle exercise.
It is important to talk to your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping or have other symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting or dizziness while you take co-codamol. It is a good idea to give them a list of all the medicines you are taking, or have recently taken. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as herbal remedies and vitamins. You should also tell them if you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. They can then check that the medicine is safe for you and your baby.