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Why is there a shortage? I really don't like the boots own paracetamol and codeine, too chalky.
syndol isn't going to be available again to buy over the counter I am afraid. Licence been removed as too many people abusing. Same with paramol and propain. Sorry. Everyone very cross I know.
Syndol! I took 2 of them once and was asleep for a whole day!! They're strong stuff.
absolutely, doinmummy, they are v strong stuff. Although the do appear to be very good at removing the old headaches etc,they remove huge chunks of time/memory/judgment etc at same time
They were the only thing that shifted my hellish stress-headaches.
<sobs some more>
It's a licensing issue. They haven't been withdrawn for problems with abuse or any other reason. The company that made them has been taken over and the new manufacturer found a licensing discrepancy. They will be on sale later in the year. September by all accounts.
Freckly, I think it depends on how many you took!
They were fantastic for my awful headaches too (sympathies Katie) and I didn't ever abuse them.
I have 4 left which I will guard with my life and keep for emergencies such as being on a plane with a migraine or some such.
Surely if it was a problem with abuse all the medicines containing codeine would be on prescription only but you can still buy co-codamol over the counter?
Freckly, is your information official? So much conflicting information.
They have been discontinued and i read they weren't being re introduced Boots have also withdrawn their 'version' tension headache relief tablets
I am also devastated,I had finally found a cure for my migraines.
It was the fact they stopped the nausea that was usefull to me.
Does anyone know if similar is available on prescription.
Does anyone else object to being treated like a child?
They were the only thing that worked for my awful hormonal migraines. Nothing else seems to work anywhere near as well.
What fryingpan said
I asked at my GP and she said that they didn't provide them on prescription as they NHS aren't obliged to stock them. She did mention something about a private prescription but I was preoccupied with another issue at the time and got sidetracked - need to follow up that avenue of thought and will let you all know.
I hate being treated like a child yes, I would have thought that the amount of people it gave positive pain relief to far outweighed the number who would abuse it. Let's face it if someone is going to abuse codeine or whatever they are plenty of other ways to do so.
I had a migraine the other day and it took ages to get over it, it's not just a case of finding something else - I spent 20 years with migraines I couldn't deal with and had in last decade actually found something that worked. It is quite misery inducing that it no longer exists.
Posters that are saying it will be back in September - can I ask how you know for sure?
Boots own brand also made by same manufacturer which is why that too is temporarily out if production. It's nothing to do with addiction potential. Don't panic it will be back. If you're that bothered Migralieve Pink has codeine & an anti sickness ingredient. For proper migraine Sumatriptan can be bought at the chemist & works far better than syndol for migraine. You can also still get cocodamol over the counter too.
Thanks frying thats useful to know,for me its the nausea that makes it more unbearable. On wed i had to take 2 paracetamol 2 brufen and 2 domperidone juist to get through the day.
If it's any consolation that's not a lot. Go and see a GP & get some proper stuff prescribed. You will get much more for your money on prescription and will be much more effective than OTC stuff. Do try triptans for migraine. Been a revelation for me. Switches the pain and nausea off completely. Good luck.
Will get some tomorrow thanks. I am inclined to be sicky with most things.
I know that wasnt a lot but tyhe only reason it worked was because I have start to notice my early signs in my case its yawning and moodiness.
I have suffered from them for a couple of years after each baby i think its the epidural maybe.DD is now 1 so hopefully should be getting less soon.
Imigran (sumatripitan) is great but I find that the Syndol relaxes you more (doxylamine) I think that ingredient is the key to its effectiveness. Co-codamol doesn't contain that or caffeine so not the same.
Migraleve pink doesn't contain those ingredients either although yes it helps with the nausea although I find by the time you feel hideously sick taking the pills just makes you feel worse.
Migraleve does absolutely nothing for me, except make me feel even more sick.
Migraleve was crap, syndol was the only thing that actually worked for, I've started taking my paracetamol and codeine with a swig of red bull just to get the caffeine element
Does it help Juney? I wondered about making up my own concoction! I think the anti histamine element (doxylamine) really helped with the tension element.
Not really :/ not as much as Syndol used to.
Have you tried taking Paracetamol with Buccastem?
New migraine guidelines don't recommend Codeine or anything containing it as it has shown no effect in trials, can aggravate nausea, slows gut motility so can slow the absorption of other drugs and may be implicated in causing medicine overuse headaches.
Buccastem is a tablet for nausea in migraine that you push up near your gums and it absorbs straight into the bloodstream so acts much faster than anything that has to be absorbed from the stomach. It can still knock you for six though!
Mmm interesting. Do you have to get it on prescription Tranquil?
Propain plus sounds vaguely familiar..
Syndol is the only thing that works for my migraines and I've been told that it will be back in stock in June by every pharmacy in my town (yes, I really have been to EVERY one)
I've had to get some beta blockers from the docs. I'll stop taking these once I can get syndol again.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that finds Syndol to be the only thing that works. Please let the June thing be true.
I can't have beta blockers as I also have asthma grrrr.....
Propaine plus says it contains the antihistamine doxylamine
I've never tried them myself ,but I assume you can still buy them .
What fryingpan said, we've been told June.
Wow those are the same ingredients. Just looked in the Boots website and as with Syndol it says that you need a prescription which the doctor then says that the NHS won't provide .
Will go into the chemist tomorrow and see if any luck.
Watching with interest. Thanks for this thread.
Can buy buccastem over the counter yes.Its about 4.50 i use them if no syndol
and for my vomitous hangovers
Propiane is as hard to come by as syndol now
This is what makes me think it can't be a manufacturing issue unless propaine is made by the same company?
Buccastem is a much better anti-emetic than the wimpy antihistamines in Propain or Syndol. If it were me I'd be trying Buccastem with soluble paracetamol.
Argh forgot to ask for that today!
Pharmacist told me that Propaine and Syndol are made by the same company with many other medicines affected, she said it is all due to re-licensing as the company has been taken over - nothing to do with abuse.
Should be back on the shelves by June if all the licensing issues are resolved although could be under different brand names.
June is better than September at least!!
Pharmacist at Stansted told me the same thing- temporarily withdrawn to re-licence, back before the end of the year,but poss with new name.
I heart syndol. And I love the whoozy feeling which when you feel poorly sick anyway, is like being wrapped in a lovely trippy soft blanket.
Migraleve total rip-off. ££££ for the paracetomol +codeine you couldhave bought in a plain box for about 99p. Once got v cross with GP who huffs and puffs about writing me a scrip for sumatryptan "look! look! how much they cost" (despite me pointing out to him that in 10years they have been the only thing I have had from the NHS) and made me try migraleve. Shite.
Beginning to think we need a support group for Syndol lovers
Would really love to know if anyone has actually ordered the beloved Syndol from this Zimseller company and if they are real and genuine?? I would deffo part with £20 for a pack!! I totally agree that they are the best thing for the Tension headaches and have to agree the feeling of knowing that you can tuck yourself up in to bed and wake up pain free is worth the cost!! And having eaten my way through a box of Co-codeine that have no effect at all,some genuine feedback on this company would be much appreciated!! xx
I really need Syndol to come back. I sometimes wake up with headaches that get worse as I'm lying down, to the point where I feel sick and at times have been been very ill. Syndol worked well for curing that, and now I'm stuck. I had one of these headaches today, took Migraleve Pink and Yellow which made no difference. I still have the headache now
I find Nurofen plus, cuprofen plus good. These are ibuprofen and codeine! I hope they aren't going to stop that!
i need syndol. was the only thing that stopped 4 day migraines. Imigran did bugger al
I suffered from migraines since I was 17. Nothing worked except Syndol and, believe me, my GP tried me on everything. After the Syndol shortage I knew codeine didn't do the trick so I purchased Doxylamine Succinate tablets in the form of Kirkland Signature's Sleep Aid. One of these before bedtime every night and I've not had a migraine since the shortage began. In a way, I find them better than Syndol. The only drawback is you still feel very drowsy on waking but it's nothing a quick shower can't fix.
I've just taken delivery of 72 Syndol bought in S Africa (much cheaper) where obviously still available with same contents as here.
where can I buy these kirkland tablets?
I'm a Syndol fan too and used them to help with hormonal headaches as well as to relieve tension headaches. I was devastated when I discovered they were leaving the shelves and wished I had stocked up on them. Nothing else has helped. I tried to go onto the zimseller website to try and order Syndol from Zimbabwe but my anti-virus blocked a web attack! not good!! Demi - where did you get your order from? Thanks
Me to!! I would love to know how u got on with the Zimseller website and are the ingredients etc the same? More info would be really appreciated Demi!! Thank you xx
Hi, I'm in France and my SIL asked me if I could get Syndol here, as she is also suffering from their loss! I went to the pharmacy here and the pharmacist gave me tablets with paracetamol, codeine and caffeine, and a separate packet of doxylamine for her. The doses are slightly different - slightly less paracetamol, slightly more codeine and caffeine, and she suggested half a tablet of the doxylamine to get the right dose. So if you are coming to France on holiday, this might be one solution for you, rather than a dodgy internet site?
I was going mad as the chemist were running or had no syndol. any way the company who made syndol also made Boots tension headache and propain plus thats why there aint none, (same company) as i have auras before my migraine the doc prescribed a high dosage of codine ect and threw them in the bin so in desperation searched the internet and found syndol 100 pack £50 from South Africa, yep i got them but round and hard to swallow, not that i cared but the 100% same, thank god...
not sure how i'm going to manage, am another migraine sufferer and syndol is about the only thing that helps, only got about 4 tablets left. can't take imigran as am allergic to it. wondering if dh has any of his tablets left from when he had his gallbladder out at christmas, the hospital sent his home with a shed load of stuff!
I'm glad Syndol has gone! I have had a serious addiction to Syndol for the past 5 years.
I got to the point where I was taking it every day - anywhere between 12-20 tablets a day. I was dependent on it. I tried to not take it one day and got very sick. I had major withdrawals. A huge migraine and I was vomiting. I couldn't take it any longer and caved in a bought more Syndol. I took 5 at once (not uncommon for me at all. I would wake up every morning and take 5 to get rid of headache and just because I needed it to get through the morning), and the migraine and sickness went away pretty soon after.
I got to the point about 4 months ago where I thought about the serious damage I must be doing to my body by taking Syndol every day like this. I am engaged to be married and want to start a family in about 5 years, and knew that I needed to sort this addiction out.
I decided the best way to do it would be to taper off. I started off with limiting myself to 12 tablets a day. Every two weeks I cut back the dosage by half a tablet. I am currently down to 6 tablets a day, and feeling very positive that I will soon be off the drug for good.
During this time Syndol became unavailable at the chemists. I had a mild panic about this but thought it was also brilliant as this would really force me to stop taking it. I am now currently taking a measured dose of Solphadine Max tablets and Doxylamine succinate tablets (what is in syndol) as an alternative.
I am actually thinking now that I am down to just 6 tablets that I may even attempt to go cold turkey.
THIS IS A WARNING: Please stop taking anything with Codeine in it!! It is a seriously addictive drug. It may get rid of your headache/migraine temporarily, but it will then tell your body that you have another headache, then another, and another......until you convince yourself you suffer from constant migraines.
I recently discovered that I suffer from Menstrual Migraines and have found the best way to deal with these is to use Sumitriptan (or Immigran Recovery in the UK). You only need one to two tablets, it isn't addictive and it wipes away the migraine straight away! If you suffer from Migraines I suggest checking this out with your doctor as it is far less risky than becoming addicted to a pain killer with Codeine in it.
I really miss it too. It's the only thing that works on my headaches as well although thankfully I don't get those that often and I've always been very careful not to take them for more than three days in a row and then leave a big gap before I take them again as I'm well aware of the addictive properties. It's well worth warning people though Mermaid and I'm very sorry it has had such an effect on you.
In Australia and New Zealnd it is called Mersyndol. It is still available if you know anyone out there to post to you. Or there is a company Kiwi Drugs (from NZ) that will send them. I have bought them and they are exactly the same (I used to use them when I lived in OZ). I didn't have to pay tax on them when they arrived. Expect to wait up to 3 weeks, but that is better than August/September. Hope this helps
very good post, good luck with finishing your taper. Have you found the 'codeinefreeme' website? Those folks are really good at advising re tapering etc.
blimey mermaid, that is a serious amount of syndol. i often worry about my mum with this as she takes it a lot. for me, 1 box of 30 will last ages, as i only take syndol at night as it makes me drowsy, and only take 1 tablet at a time. 5 together would put me in a coma i'm sure! luckily i don't get migraines as often as i used to, the mirena coil seems to have helped in that respect, but when i do, syndol is the only thing that works. not heard of imigran recovery, but last time i took imigran (which may be the same thing), it made my throat swell, and i had to rush back to the gp for an injection to stop the allergic reaction.
fwiw, i also have used boots own co-codamol, which in theory is the same as syndol, but i found them to be very different, can see why syndol in particular can become addictive. good luck mermaid in getting through this, and thank you for your honest post.
Jeez, people abuse Syndol?! Wow, I find it's such effective stuff that I only ever needed to take one tablet at a time - two make me sleepy. mermaid I'm really sorry you've had addiction issues with it. I hope you've had some help to deal with it.
I have sumatriptan but actually I prefer to take Syndol, it seems to have a less debilitating effect on me. I know, most people don't get side effects with it. I do.
Just as an aside, for people who suffer with migraines related to their menstrual cycles like I do, since I've started taking large doses of Vitamin B6 (about 100mg) about 8 months ago I haven't had a single one. I used to get them every single month, like clockwork. I'm not promising it could work for you, but according to my GP it's quite well known that B vitamin deficiencies can cause migraines. Some people I know also swear by vitamin B12, omega 3, and evening primrose oil (which never did a bloody thing for me, but hey-ho).
Ok Ladies, Went to my local pharmacy on Tuesday, told him of the sadness of the lack of the Syndol and the possible suggestions posted. Firstly, he says it could be June or September when they return with the correct licensing requirements for Syndol, (nothing to do with addiction etc) A new company has taken over the product (plus some other well brand brands) and have had to apply for the "Rights" to have the licence for the ingredients etc. Secondly, asked about the purchasing of Syndol from Zimseller, he said to be cautious that the tablets dont actually come in packs of 100`s and others have also posted that they are a different shape etc. I did get all the way to the pay pal part of the zimseller myself but after looking at the cost of £19.99 for the tablets,£9.99 for a small item,£10ish to send them then another £10ish to have them sent in three weeks instead of six i thought better of it. Now, with much research with the pharmacist we can re-create as good as damn it using Veganin(available from the pharmcy non prescription) and Kirkland Signature sleeping aid (available from Amazon non prescriptipn) The Veganin contains 500mg paracetamol 50mg more than syndol 8mg Codeine 2mg less than syndol and 30mg caffeine same as Syndol.The kirkland Signature comes in 25mg tablets so pharmacy said to have half a tablet or quater to give 12.5mg for more drowsy deeper sleep or 6mg giving only 1mg more than the 5mg in Syndol. The Kirkland Signature is the ingredient called Doxylamine that gives the sleep and drowsiness associated with the Syndol. I have invested in the new "kit" and have found the Kirkland are tiny blue tablets that are a little difficult to quater and therefore half a tablet is plenty. Have now used the "re-created" Syndol for extreme pre menstrual pain and it worked a treat! Will post further developments once the dreaded migraine kicks in!! Hope this helps others as it has for me!!
still no luck buying syndol at the pharmacy, however, the pharmacist said to buy doxylamaine tablets and cut them into quarters which will give u the right dose and take with co codimol x2 that will be the same justno caffine, which is ok, just the muscle relaxation is what u need for migraine headaches. u van buy them from amazon for £8.02 per pack.
thank u darling42 for yr update. hope yr headache gets beta soon.
blimey I thought I was the only person missing it! I've been to every pharmacy asking, it's the only tablet I could take for back problems or migraine and know i'd wake up (all be it 13hrs later) feeling free from pain! Tried imigran today for the first time as I got a migraine. Normally syndol and sleep are the only things that work for me, but the imigran has taken all symptoms without any sleepiness, but now I just need to find an alternative to the back problems, so will have to try that Kirkland stuff.
learnt at my local hospital/pain clinic that syndol will be available from 28th may. will take a while for supplys to make way to shelves. Had learnt couple months ago, although tescos saying taken off shelves, manufactors factory had suffered a fire. Boots confirmed this as they sell their own brand made by same company. Have been assured by harley street consultant as i have used for long time safe to continue to do so. Helped so much with nerve pain.
Just been on the telephone to the company Reckitt Benckiser who are the new owners of the brand Syndol and I spoke to someone in their Healthcare Dept. Was told that the License has now been granted and that they are being manufactured again and should be on the shelves in a week or so.
Have read all previous messages with interest. 1st used Syndol as it was recommended by friend for those bad hormonal migraine headaches that aren't touched by other tablets. It seems to be the only thing that works for so many of us. It's benefit compared to to other medications, is that it sends you to sleep, but when you wake up, the headache has gone. I have only ever needed to take 1 at a time & have done so as a last resort, but they have been invaluable. Lets' hope that the info coming thro about their return is correct.
I know some of you are saying that you only take one a night before you go to bed, so it's ok. BUT, just to warn you, that is exactly how my addiction started out! Your body will become reliant on it. Also, I used the excuse that I got headaches all the time.....the only reason I was getting headaches all the time was because when you take codeine and it starts to wear out, it gives you withdrawal headaches.
Since posting here the first time I have been doing really well. I am down to 4 tablets a day now. The tapering is working really well. I can't wait to be free of it for good.
Scrambled Smegs - I am going to try your suggestion of taking vitamin B6 supplements. I get migraines monthly like clockwork too, so this may help me.
Raele - Mersyndol is not quite the same. It is a weaker version of syndol. However, Mersyndol Night strength is exactly the same as syndol. But in Australia when you buy it over the counter, they make you fill out a form every time so they keep tabs of people who might be buying too much of it I guess.
Just a quick update. I rang the manufacturers, Recketts, this morning when I was dismayed to discover I couldn't get my favourite headache tablets (which seem to cure more than just headaches - for me at least) The good news: there has been some positive movement on the licensing issue recently, it's resolved. The bad news: no date can be given when stocks will come back into the shops, it may be possibly weeks, hopefully not months, but it WILL happen. Also the name syndol will remain the same, so that will be easy.
Im new to the site but found this through a search engine and have been reading the threads about syndol... i am a mum of an autistic, adhd 8 yr old and have an epileptic 4 yr old with special needs and suffer alot of tension headaches and migraines also bad headaches from the weather... i was devistated when i found out syndol had been with drawn as its all ive benn able to find that helps... after reading some posts on here and doing my own research ive found a way of getting the same results as syndol does and believe me it works as ive had a bad headache for almost 5 days and today i actually have relief... anyway if u buy boots own paracetamol and codiene or the brand paracodal and then get kirkland signatures sleep aid doxylamine succinate 25mg tablets (available on amazon)... technical side....
5MG DOXYLAMINE SUCCINATE
paracodal and boots paracetamol and codeine contain;
half a doxylamine is 12.5mg
100ml of a caffeine drink = 30mg of caffeine
so what i did was take a paracodamol and half a doxylamine succinate and 100ml of a caffiene drink... what you are missing in codiene you get the little extra from the doxylamine succinate...
i promise it works xxxx i feel fab today my heads not pounding anymore...
NOT A MOTHER BUT REALLY INTERESTED IN TOPICS AND COMMENTS REF. SYNDOL - I FOUND THEY WERE GREAT FOR TREATING MIGRAINES.
IT IS SUPER THEY ARE RETURNING - BUT WILL THEY HAVE SAME CONTENT?HEARD A RUMOUR THEY HAD CERTAIN COMPONENTS REMOVED - HOPE THAT IS NOT TRUE
I have found Syndol invaluable for myofascial pain (muscle pain) it can drone on and on for weeks when it's bad. Painkillers like paracetamol & codeine or ibuprofen only take the edge off but Syndol works. I find it takes 1.5 - 2 hrs to work but usually doesn't require a repeat dose. Because it takes so long to work it suggests to me that it is the doxylamine that does the job for me. I asked my Dr a couple of years ago if I could just get the doxy alone to test this theory but she said no, so I'm glad to hear it is available as a sleep aid. I will probably have to add caffeine though if I use it during the day.
As someone else mentioned amitriptyline (lowest dose) also relieves my pain but it tends to cause unwelcome side effects, 'jiggy' legs, hard to rouse in the morning, depression until used to it. It also takes a couple of days to work. Whereas syndol can do the job in one or two doses. No risk of addiction if I'm only taking it occasionally.
To other myofascial pain sufferers - I have found out how to manage my condition and this has helped me to be pain free for longer, but if you can't make the postural changes you need to, because of your job for instance, then constant pain is such a problem.
woodturning - there are a few references to buying doxy on line ( amazon I think ) on page 3 of this thread .
Thankyou so much Darling42 I read your post about Syndol and I have suffered migraines for years and Syndol is the only thing that works for me. I havent been able to get any for months and Im down to my last four tablets. When I read your post I went straight on to amazon to order the Kirkland tablets and then to the pharmacy for veganin then I waited! I have now used this combination three times for my migraines and its great works just as well as Syndol. I have now not got to worry about going on my holidays and being bed ridden with a bad head!
I have been a Syndol user for over 30 years. Thanks to this site I was able to discover the Kirkland sleeping pills which I tried and they worked but they were not as convenient as the original Syndol. Next I tried the Zimseller site and I placed an order for 300 Syndol on the 8th May and paid extra for airfreight carriage. The total price for the 300 was £123.46 and the pills arrived in Belfast on 22nd May. The packaging is different and the shape of the pill is not a capsule but a flat round pill exactly as they used to be when they were available only on prescription in the 1980's. I don't need Syndol every day but every 3-4 days I will need to use them as nothing else works. The order from Zimseller is about twice the normal UK price but these will last me until they are available in the UK again. I just wanted to let people know that the Zimseller site is legitimate but you cannot use Paypal only a credit/debit card. Thanks to previous posters for their help in pointing me in this direction.
I LOVED Syndol. Several years ago, for about 18 months i use to take about 4 a day, every day, especially 2 a night, so i wouldn't wake up with a banging headache the following morning. Ohhh the relaxing feeling it provided me, that weight of my shoulders and the migraine just lifting away...heaven. I haven't taken one in what about 5+ years now, but there have been times (like today) when i so wish i could.
I'm still suffering from my headaches, badly. But i'm just about to start another thread about them! Anyway all i know is Codine is great for taking your migraine away, BUT taking it on a regular basis, IT WILL GIVE YOU YOU MORE HEADACHES IN THE LONG RUN. My gp at the headache clinic told me that today, not to take it more than twice in one week.
I have been scouting the internet for answers regarding when Syndol will be back but everybody seems to be speculating.
Somewhere on this forum, I read about Syndol being available from zimseller.com. I bought 100 pills from them at the beginning of April but these are about to run out. (By the way the Syndol from zimseller.com is legitimate. My local pharmacy tested them for me and confirmed that they have the same ingredients as the ones manufactured in the UK. However the ones from zimseller come in packs of 100 and they are flat yellowish pills).
I am keeping my ear to the ground. Please post here if you hear anything from Reckitts, the new manufactures of Syndol. God knows how long we will have to wait!
Sorry facebook link above doesnt work.
I ordered 100 Syndol from zimseller and thought I'd paid, now they tell me they have no record of my payment. A bit worrying. According to them Syndol are made by Adcock Ingram (.co.za), but when I went on their website list of products, Syndol wasn't on there. Like everyone else, I've never found anything to match them for migraine, but I'm now concerned if I redo the payment thing, they might be fakes, and who knows what might be in them.
About 2 yrs ago I checked with my GP about taking Syndol pregnancy. He looked at the ingredients and said taking a Syndol was no different to taking:
a strong coffee
an antihistamine tablet
Must say, I've never tried it but certainly worth trying!
I have just joined mumsnet so I can pass on my findings- and I am also a mum! The magic ingredient in Syndol is Doxylamine Succinate. It's available abroad in pharmacies over the counter as a sleeping aid. Thats what relaxes the tension in the stress headaches we're all complaining of! My pharmacist friend checked this method out for me...its fine as long as you get the proportions correct. I get my friends/family to bring me some DS back whenever they go to Spain or the USA. You need to do the Maths and combine some of the Doxylamine Succinate with ordinary cocodamol tablets from the pharmacy here. I found that half a Spanish DS tablet and two cocodamol were the equivalent values of two Syndol. It works for me so good luck with this. You can check the drug quantities of Syndol from an old pack or I usually just google it. (at the moment I don't have those details to hand.)
Hi All I have some good news apparently Syndol has been re released and Point Pharmacy, on the following link are taking orders to fill as soon as stock arrives!!
I hope that this helps mine are on order having had 3 migraines in 3 days!!!
Hi, I too suffer with really bad migraines, a few years ago i found syndol, my saviour, they knocked me out cold, which was always the best thing to escape the pain, and terrible mixed up vision. i was devastated like a lot of you ladies when i couldnt get it anymore, i also had a slight panic attack when i heard, i have been searching since for something to take its place, and havent found anything up to now, then i thought about the ingredients in it, and have just ordered "doxylamine" from amazon, i can't wait to get them, the other two ingredients of syndol are paracetomol and codeine, codiene is the one that gets you hooked, so i wont miss that, in future now i have decided to just take paracetomol for the pain and doxylamine to help me sleep the migraines off, i also used to take half a syndol at night if i couldnt sleep, it sure did the trick, so im hoping my new stash of doyxlamine will help me get a good nights sleep once again. hope this helps ladies.
i have an update for anyone that has been desperate for syndol.it is now available at boots again.gonna stock up incase they become unavailable.
I'll have to go try our local, I'm getting a bit peeved with the pitying looks I currently get from the pharmacy staff when I ask if they've got any back yet.
Oh thank goodness! I have 3 left which I've got in a little pot in case of unbearable migraine before a holiday or some such emergency.
Phew and thank you for updating!
Will have a look tomorrow. Thank goodness I haven't had a humdinger of a migraine for a while, but when I do Syndol are the only thing that can fix it.
Somebody upthread suggested using Veganin and doxylamine. If I recall correctly from my pharmacy days Veganin contain aspirin as well as paracetamol and codeine so are stronger in analgesic terms but without antihistamine.
Hi, I have been reading these comments since the Syndol shortage kicked in and can relate to all the range of problems here. I am also pleased to report that I went into my Boots chemist in Co Down today and Syndol were back on the shelf. I have a pack of 30 in my handbag as I type this! Hopefully this is the end of the problem now. Good luck peeps
I managed to buy the last box in Boots today!
Thanks for making me welcome (new member) and greetings to all. I can confirm that Syndol is back - I went into Boots in Exeter today and was amazed to see it. I had emailed Reckitt Benckieser who make it, and was told it had been Ok'd by the MHA but production would take time, so I was SO relieved. My GP and a specialist have both said I should use it when I get tension headaches, as paracetamol doesn't relieve the tension and pain just comes back - Migraine in my dear Mum's family so don't want to start that. NO signs of Syndol in other pharmacies yet, so will get some ASAP just in case they vanish again. Our GP is dead against aspirin/Veganin in case of internal bleeding - Syndol is safer, so long as you don't drive after it! ( best before bed then sleep it off I find). Au revoir for now.
I am pleased and incredibly relieved to say that Syndol box of 30 tablets were back on the shelves in Boots in Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday. Have found like most on here that nothing else seems to work as well.
I've been following this thread and can tell you my local pharmacy (Evergreen Pharmacy) in blackheath has got them back in stock! I grabbed a couple of boxes just in case
Yes! I could not find them at my local boots, but found a site called betterchemist.com that is stocking them and sending quickly! Cant wait for the heaaches to finally end.
Syndol is back on sale in Boots in Swindon. I assume that means it will be back in other branches now or soon. Like others who've contributed to this thread, they are the only thing that touches my tension headaches so this is great news!
Back in the shops but pharmacist advised it may go out of production again so stock up!
They are available in Cambridge as well. I bought several boxes before they ran out several months ago and was coming to towards the end I noticed yesterday in Boots they were £5.25 but dont know if that was for 20 or 30. Anyway in the meantime I had also done as someone suggested previously and bought my own ingredients which works out much cheaper. Syndol consists of
5MG DOXYLAMINE SUCCINATE
You can make your own up by buying
Boots paracetamol and codeine which contain:
Doxylamine is available from Amazon and costs about £6.25 for 96 tablets 25mg or £8.00 for 192. They are very small and only scored down the middle but 12.5mg is too much for me, so I cut into quarters (need a blade to do that) bringing it down to 6.5 mg. I dont worry about the caffeine as its not good for me anyway.
Elaine. you dont worry about the caffeine as its not good for you? not sure caffeine is any worse than all the other drugs in your concoction.
It's in tesco pharmacy too.
That 'concoction' as you call it, is a lifesaver for those of us who suffer crippling migraines balotelli.
Ha better avoid the coffee then
I'm glad we're all getting our stocks of Syndol back!
Hi, I've received 100 Syndol from zimseller, but my local pharmacy, the local NHS Trust, NHS direct and various laboratories all tell me that it's not possible for member of the public to get any pill tested. I've tried everything, can you tell me the name of your local pharmacy so I can pay them to test one of mine please?
Incidentally Syndol is back on the shelf now, but I still have a box of 100. Don't really want to waste the £50 it cost to buy and ship over here.
Found this forum when I was searching for Syndol on Google, so have decided to join! Not sure if people are still struggling but I have found some here at co-op pharmacy online - they have different sizes.
I have just bought some - hoping they will arive soon - I'm so happy it's available again. Hopefully it won't go out of production again. I'm going to stock up!
I hope that's helpful!
Hi all, I noticed SYNDOL in my local independent Chemist today. I am so glad as I have a bad neck / headache pain, think i got my pillows mixed up. Just happened to see it on the shelf. The leaflet inside was updatged April 12. £5.99 for 30.
I have been addicted to Syndol for 30 years and am only now getting help, used to be a cop and got injured a lot allso headaches. Do some research into codeine before its to LATE.
There are better ways
if you guys are making your own then you are hooked WAKE UP!!!!!!
Didn't know it had been on the market 30 yrs
what is happening with syndol - again?
does anyone know?
An ingredient shortage. I spoke to AAH (a wholesaler) yesterday and they have no date as to when it will come back.
Some people say it has gone for good Hope not!
Codeine , in Germany for decades, is prescription only. Greece will confiscate it at customs.
I used to take it with paracetamol only for period pain, once a month.
Later in life, I found that if i woke with a muzzy, foggy brain, taking just 5mg with paracetamol, helped to wake me up and feel more with it. But only took one when than happened.
Later, I was prescibed 30 mg of Codeine with Paracetamol after an op, but didn't need them. Got a bit of a head/neck pain one morning and took 2 as prescribed at mid-day on an empty stomach. After 20 minutes, I felt woozy, stood up to go to bed and collapsed unconscious and banged my head on something. When I came to, I was paralysed, but wore off after several seconds. Managed to get to bed and slept it off for 8 hours.
Nurofen plus contains 12.8 mg of codeine sulphate.
I was told in a chemist they MIGHT be back in march
I contacted the company that produce Syndol yesterday and this was the reply
Thank you for your email regarding Syndol.
Distribution of Syndol is currently on hold. We are working with the MHRA to secure a resolution but unlikely to resume production in the near future.
We can only recommend you to seek medical advice for an alternative treatment.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your ongoing patience.
Found some at www.pharmacysaver.co.uk , a bit more expensive than normal retail price but better than not having any or buying from amazon where they are £30.00 +
You need to be aware that purchasing from online chemists may not be what they appear to be and check them out first - most of these tablets are coming from abroad and may not be being produced by UK manufacturers
Dawadaktari, did your syndol arrive ok and are they genuine syndol tablets as far as you can tell?
It took me half a day last week but I sourced some gold!
Still available, I just checked - £7.49 for pack of 30 + P&P of £2.95
They also have packs of 10 & 20 in stock
My little gift to other Mums on Mothers Day
Has anyone bought Syndol from an online company called buysyndol.co.uk?
Has anyone bought Syndol from 'buysyndol.co.uk'?
Have used Syndol for years and only thing that ever worked for my hellish time of the month migraines, however after reading this forum and getting advice on what to try :- 2x solpadeine plus tablets + half a doxylamine succinate tablet (available from Amazon)is working a treat. Would be nice to take it in one dose though as hate swallowing pills!!
Still looking for someone who has bought Syndol from buysyndol.co.uk ??? I have e mailed them but still dubious about whether its a secure site. Getting desperate now! Have you seen the price of them on Amazon. Phew!.. I am going to try the same as Tiara74. Just ordered doxylamine succiinate. Hopefully this will work. Good luck all you migrane suffers.
Think i may order doxylamine from amazon....
Ive suffered from tension headaches for 8 years now & syndol/boots tension headache pills were the only tablets to help
Finding it so hard now, nothing helps (currently sat with heat wrap on neck!)
Has anyone tried doxylamine only?
Hi i got syndol last week from THE HEALTH COUNTER pack of 20, i checked tonight & they still have stock. hope this helps.
Just talked to Reckitt Benckiser. The issue is quality control. They found some tainted stocks and are having to review their whole production system. it has nothing to do with addiction problems or anything else. It is coming back....but they don't know when!
I would just add that the "tainted or impure stocks" were not in any way harmful but medicines and quality control need to be of the very highest standards.
I stumbled onto mumsnet by accident while looking for syndol. I am fotrunate not to be troubled with migrain but my wife has suffered many years with it and syndol is the only thing so far that gives her any relief. her doctor advised her against using imigran. It`s obvious that all medicines do`nt suit all people. I ca`nt understand why there should have been all this trouble in the transfer of one company to new owners In the search for syndol I have been given every posible excuse for the lack of supplies the latest of which is the quality problem. I recently travelled 10 miles to a chemist who I know still has a limited supply of syndol left. He tells me now that the 30`s packs are now discontinued and though I could buy 30 in one pack he is not allowed to sell me 3x10`s or 1x10 +1x20 which by my calculation equal 30. I ask does any of them know what they are doing?. Anyway best of luck to all you migrain sufferers you have my deepest sympathies and thank you for those tips and suggestions that you have posted. My wife will be most grateful if any of them help. To the ladies, you know when you suffer so do us men.
Forgot to tell you in my last post my wife was prescribed MIGRIL which worked for her but she had side effects.Her eyes used to go glassy and she would vomit ,then she would have to go to bed for two or three hours.A friend of ours took them without side effects. May be OK for osme of you hopefully good luck.
I suffer from really bad migrains and can be wiped out with visual disturbances, sickness and thought destroying head pain! I have used Syndol for about 2 years now and it really has been the only thing that has helped me when I get one of my attacks (once a month ish). I ran out of my remaining tablets about 6 weeks ago and was living in fear that I would have an attack but no Syndol! I took the decision to order from www.buysyndoluk.co.uk that was recommended to me by a work colleague who suffers in similar way to me. They sell Syndol in smaller amounts as well as the big 100 packets. I purchased a pack of 10 first to see whether they would actually turn up, and they did so I then ordered a pack of 100 to keep me going until Syndol are back on the shelves (soon I hope!). The pack of 100 turned up today so hopefully that should see me through!
Hi everyone. This has been bugging me for a while! I've managed to buy Syndol from healthcounter.co.uk up until recently but it's now also out of stock! But does anyone know if www.buysyndoluk.co.uk is genuine?? I'd prob pay £10+ for a pack of 10 but I'm not sure about the legitimacy of the website itself.... Other than that, I guess we'll have to wait for Reckitt Benckiser (who now own Syndol brand) to sort the licensing issue!!
Thanks to RainbowKrystal I got some Syndol for my wife a few months ago from healthcounter. Its worth its weight in gold.
I have used getslimmingpills.co twice now and its been fine.
I have just ordered 100 from buysyndol.co.uk so will let you know how it goes. Expensive but if it allows my wife to keep her job I'm afraid its worth it for us.
WARNING re. busysyndol.uk
Has anyone rec'd 10 Syndol from busysyndol.uk yet? I ordered and paid by PayPal for it on 2 July. It states 48 hour delivery. I have left two voicemail messages and as yet, nobody has called me back.
Hi Passiflor, I recieved mine this morning! from www.buysyndoluk.co.uk. When I called and I was told that they are very busy with orders and they where very sorry for the delay. In the end they were 2 days late but I guess as long as they turn up thats what counts. I'm just glad I can still get Syndol.
PLEASE IGNORE WARNING
Having just posted the last message, a man from that Company has just called me to say that due to huge orders there is a delay, but it was posted to me yesterday. I should receive it on Monday.
My 10 tablets came today, but they are made by a different Company Adcock Ingram in South Africa. The tablets are rather large, round, and yellow. Is this what others have rec'd? The print is in purple.
Yes Passiflor, they are the same as I received from www.buysyndoluk.co.uk. They are the only way to get Syndol in the UK at the moment. The Adcock Ingram tablets are actually the original Syndol and have been around since the 70's. They are a different shape but they have exactly the same ingredients, Codeine Phosphate 10mg, Doxylamine Succinate 5mg, Paracetamol 450mg and Caffeine 30mg. I lived in South Africa for 5 years and that's where I first came across Syndol (thank god). They had the purple packet just the same when I lived there.
It is MHRA policy not to discuss details of pending applications with third parties However, the MHRA can confirm that following evaluation of a variation application to address the quality issue, that the MHRA is currently awaiting a response from the company.
this is the statement given today 18th July
so things are moving to get syndol back on our shelves in the uk
Bumped into this thread by sheer luck, anyone know if syndol is now available.locally. Seeing some overseas suppliers only.
I bought 100 from buysyndoluk and can confirm that they are absolutely fine although horrendously expensive ... somebody somewhere is making a fortune out of our suffering grrr...
I spoke to someone in Tesco who gleefully (I swear) told me that they wouldn't be coming back ever again !
The idea of paying £60 for a 100 of them each time just makes me want to cry.....
Got the Syndol situation sorted for my monthly migraine/tension headache from hell, are you ready?
Get 2 co-codamol, a mug of coffee (not de-caff, you need the caffeine!) And finally get onto amazon uk, and order kirklands signature sleep aid ( sold in costco in US) half of one of them is about the same amount of doxylamine that you would have had in 2 Syndol! Was a pharmacy technician in previous life, before kids, so know what I am doing
Hope this helps someone, it might just be one migraine/tension headache a month but it is so worth trying
Domestic. What about the nausea? Dies doxy help that?
You can get co-codamol with caffeine in at Tesco. I have tried that combination too, for some reason it doesn't seem to work quite as well but I suspect a lot of that is psychological for me.
I have since stopped buying from Tesco. I am now getting them for £30 for 100 of them from www.ondoorsteppharmacy.co.za, just took a few days to arrive here and its such a relief! literally!!!
Took stock of 100 syndol from ondoorsteppharmacy yesterday!! Ordered them on line, bit unsure at first but they took just over a week to arrive and come in a different box and are tablets the size of a 5p coin, low and behold, headache kicked in and took two tablets last night, woke up this morning pleased as punch to say headache gone, and feeling ready to tackle the world again!!! Cost me just under £40 for 100 tablets, totally worth it!! No lengthy medical check like some sites are asking, the tablets come from South Africa and when you use the site for the first time everything is in dollars but it is converted for you when you come to pay. Hope this helps others desperatly seeking the "gold dust" syndol!
I bought some syndol from a South African pharmacist but worried about taking it....a few people have mentioned that they had done the same. Its in a purple packet And the tsbs are yelloq and a flat circular shape.
I have been prescribed Naproxen 500mg from my gp for my tension headaches which are thank goodness infrequent. It makes you woozy but only taking x1 twice a day has worked. Gp told me to take for 2 days to see if it worked and it has !!!!!
I found syndol the only thing to sort migraines and very frustrated that unavailable AGAIN...tried G.P. useless and online prohibitive cost..asked friend and family in U.S.A and N.Z. ..former can't get..and he is a dr[!] latter bought but had to give his name and address and not sure if allowed to send unless he is an authority [no just an individual],tried relation going to S Africa..Does anyone know if there is any legal restriction to someone who lives here bringing it back to the U.K. and how much it costs there? Thanks..this is my first time with mumsnet
Syndol has 100% been discontinued! If you are buying any Syndol, it probably isn't legit. Don't find that out the hard way!
I've been looking for Syndol too because they were the only pain killers that were able to numb my migraine and knock me out.
I found this list of alternatives from a tweet after searching #syndol (haha so desperate!) : blog.thehealthcounter.com/2014/04/syndol-is-gone-but-there-are-alternatives/
These products look like they might work just as well! I wanted to share the great news!
Syndol is definitely not coming back, and it looks like people are making fake Syndol (which is really not good. I think it's time we all moved on and found products that are 100% legit.
Hope this helps!
There are some for sale on eBay at the moment available for dispatch from the UK by first class post. The seller has 100% positive feedback. Expensive though.
I asked the pharmacist in Boots the other day and she said any being sold in the UK were either old stock or fakes possibly coming in from abroad and they have no date as such yet for the reintroduction.
She said co-codamol was the nearest thing. I said bollocks is it. <<<technical term.
Hi sangria. Think it is old stock as it is the genuine product but has an expiry date of 8 months, which is more than adequate to my usage. Have to agree with your "technical term"
I buy from South Africa on the internet and it's exactly the same as the 'old' syndol in the UK. Also asked a friend to bring back some which they did.
Very relieved as it's the only thing that works for me too.
The link above shows a picture of the packets that I've received - the ones that my friend brought back in person came through a doctor friend in SA complete with a prescription for customs - identical packaging.
Just my experience.
Sorry I was referring to the link in Hattie's blog link that says they may be dodgy.
I had a cupboard full once. Stockpiled the first time they withdrew them.
Sadly have now 1 slightly soggy pill left.
Just don't think I would feel comfortable buying from abroad but thanks for the info. May have to consider it when I can't get any more UK ones tho!
Syndol is Co-Codamol with doxylamine so you the easiest solution is to buy doxylamine and take it with generic Co-Codamol. I got mine from Amazon as 'Kirkland Sleep Aid' which I know is a reputable make because Kirkland is Costco's own brand.
The one I bought runs out that 2 Co-Codamol and half a Sleep Aid is roughly similar to 2 Syndol
Guys I know everyone is feeling desperate but really how safe is it to buy products from abroad with no guarantee of what you are actually taking?- it may be worth looking for alternatives if you can't get the UK one
Since I last posted in April, I've been following The Healthcounter (the place where I found that blog) and they've just posted on their facebook that they're getting Syndol back in stock!!!!
It looks like they've changed the packaging a bit, but I don't care as long as I get my Syndol!!!
I'll let you know when they announce they officially have it back
Yes, it's back, it's in Boots today, but if you read the ingredients on the pack or the manufacturer's website (Sanofi) you will find that it's not the same as before. It now contains 500mg Paracetamol, 8mg Codeine and 30mg Caffeine. It no longer contains doxylamine succinate which seems to be the ingredient that gave Syndol its magic ability to cure my headache. It is now being sold for "headaches" rather than for "tension headaches". IMO the new Syndol is a complete waste of time and money.
Not a waste of time and money at all! Just bought a pack of Syndol new formulation from Boots and it works very well for my tension headache! I am so happy that is back in the market! You should try the new formulation. :-)
Ha , came on to revive this thread !! So happy.
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