Codeine phosphate is a painkiller used for moderate to severe pain in adults over 12 years, it is part of the opiate painkillers. The risk of addiction and dependence on using opioid-based painkillers is high compared to others.
Codeine is normally prescribed by your doctor after all other painkillers have proven ineffective, however, in some situations, your pharmacist can also recommend over the counter codeine based products for use.
Once in a pharmacy, you may find that codeine is available as a linctus and also in combination with paracetamol and other formulations. You need to follow your pharmacist or doctors recommendations when it comes to the dose to use, you can also read about codeine from the BNF.
You need to have a prescription before you can buy codeine phosphate 30mg in a pharmacy in the UK, however, the introduction of our approved online doctor service means no prescription needs as long as you can show that you have been medically examined by your regular doctor. You will only be required to complete an online consultation question by our doctors.