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Veganin Tablets: Use, Side Effects And Availability

Veganin Tablets Use Side Effects And Availability

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


Veganin Tablets: 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.

Quick FAQ

Is Veganin an anti-inflammatory?
Paracetamol and codeine, both analgesics, are included in each white capsule-shaped film-coated tablet (relieve pain). Paracetamol is also an antipyretic (helpful in the reduction of a high body temperature) and a modest anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling).

Veganin Tablets: 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).

Quick FAQ

Can you take Veganin and ibuprofen together?
Veganin can be combined with ibuprofen and topical pain relievers like Deep Heat or CuraHeat patches. Veganin should not be combined with any other paracetamol, dihydrocodeine, or codeine-containing medications.

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

Veganin: Where To Buy?

Veganin tablets are licensed as pharmacy-only medication (P). P product can only be sold from a registered pharmacy including an online pharmacy. Many high street pharmacies sell Veganin including Tesco Pharmacy.

Some pharmacies will be able to order Veganin tablets on an individual basis for the same or next day delivery. Speak to a member of a pharmacy team to check if this is possible.

Quick FAQ

How is Veganin stored?
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25°C. Keep the tablets in the original packaging. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister strip after "EXP". The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

 Veganin Tablets: Restrictions On The Sale

In the UK, codeine-containing products have restrictions related to the sale of the products. The main restrictions are:

  • Licensed use:  over the counter codeine products should usually be considered as a second-line treatment when paracetamol and/or ibuprofen fail to control the pain
  • Only one box of co-codamol (including Veganin) can be sold to a patient at a given time
  • Codeine containing products should only be used for 3 days only and this must be a predominant message on the box of the product. This is due to possible addiction that codeine-containing products may cause.

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 www.medicines.org.uk. Summary product characteristics (SPC) contain 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.

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