Veganin tablets
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What is Veganin?

Veganin tablets are a pharmacy only (P) combination product containing paracetamol, codeine, and caffeine. As the name suggests, Veganin tablets are vegan and do not contain animal ingredients.

Veganin: active ingredients

  • Paracetamol 500mg per tablet
  • Codeine phosphate 8mg per tablet
  • Caffeine 30mg per tablet

Apart from the addition of caffeine, Veganin’s composition of active ingredients is of standard Co-codamol, another pharmacy only medicine.

Veganin: what are the indications for use?

Similarly to Co-codamol tablets, Viganin is licensed for the treatment of acute pain, which is not relieved by other analgesics like paracetamol and ibuprofen alone such as: 

  • headaches,
  • migraines,
  • period pains,
  • toothaches

Paracetamol and codeine are included in the Veganin’s formulation to relieve symptoms of the pain. A more detailed description of the mechanism of action of codeine can be found in the post: Can you buy Co-codamol Over The Counter

Caffeine can reduce fatigue, but more importantly, the addition of caffeine to paracetamol containing products can provide for better pain relief (Derry et al, 2014).

Veganin common side effects

Side effects associated with taking paracetamol are not common. Rarely some patients may experience skin rashes.

Codeine, on the other hand, has a number of common side effects, including: 

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation 
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth 

How to find out if a medication is vegan?

Many tablets and most capsules are not vegan. This is because many drugs contain ingredients/excipients which are not vegan. Some common examples of non-vegan excipients include lactose and gelatin. Lactose, a bypass product of milk production, is commonly used in the production of many drugs as filler in tablet formulation. Gelatin is made from collagen taken from animal body parts is used in a capsule formulation.

However, there are more excipients than lactose and gelatine. The Vegan Society produced two very useful articles on vegan medicines: Is my medication vegan? and listed animal free medications.

To find out a list of excipients for any medication, patients can use the information on Summary product characteristics (SPC) contains useful information generally used by healthcare professionals. Each SPC is formatted in the same way, providing information on all drugs licensed in the UK. Alternatively, a product information leaflet usually lists all excipients of a particular medication.


Derry CJ, Derry S, Moore R (2014). Caffeine as an analgesic adjuvant for acute pain in adults. Available at: Accessed on 24/05/2019

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