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Changes to Codeine Availability

From February 2018, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has made the decision that all products containing codeine will require a prescription. This includes many of Australia’s most commonly used painkillers.

While this reduces some options for pain relief, Capital Chemist can assist you with many other effective products to treat short-term pain that do not require a prescription.

The reason the TGA made this decision is because codeine comes from a class of medications called opioids, and there are risks for long-term use of codeine. The negative effects of using codeine for pain relief longer than three days includes constipation, nausea, a reduced effectiveness due to your body building up a tolerance to the medication and there is even the risk of addiction from long-term use.

The TGA’s actions will help to ensure that patients with chronic pain are more closely monitored by their doctor, allowing patients to focus on managing their pain, restoring normal function and minimising side effects for those patients using long-term medications for pain relief.


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