Panadeine Forte

Panadeine forte is an oral (tablet) analgesic. Each tablet contains 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of codeine phosphate. The analgesic works by increasing a patient’s pain threshold and blocking their pain impulses.


Panadeine Forte Use

Panadeine forte is used for continued pain relief from limb fractures and burns when a patient is isolated, medical intervention/patient evacuation has been delayed and the maximum dose of methoxyflurane has been administered.


Panadeine Forte Administration

Panadeine forte should be administered as follows:

  • Adults: 1-2 tablets taken with water every 4 hours (maximum 8 in 24 hours)
  • Children 7-10 years: ½ tablet taken with water every 6 hours
  • Children under 7 years: Nil.



When administering pharmaceutical pain relief, there are a number of contraindications you need to be aware of. A contraindication is a factor that renders the administration of a drug inadvisable. It is contraindicated to administer panadeine forte when the following factors are present:

  • patient has known hypersensitivity
  • patient is under 7 years.


Adverse Effects

When administering panadeine forte, the following adverse effects may present:

  • gastrointestinal tract (GIT) disturbances
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • dyspepsia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation.


Precautions should be taken when administering panadeine forte to patients who present with the following symptoms:

  • hepatic or renal dysfunction
  • central nervous system depression
  • decreased respiratory tidal volume.
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