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Can I alternate co-dydramol with nurofen back pain tablets?
You can... but to get the most effective pain relief you should take paracetamol based analgesics (like co-dydramol) 4 times daily and Ibuprofen (ie Nurofen) 3 times daily. If you don't need/want to take both regularly you would be better off taking one of them regularly than both less often. IFYSWIM!
When I hurt my back a couple of months ago, my gp prescribed paracetamol (1000mg x 4 daily), codeine (10mg x 4 daily) and ibruprofen 400mg x 3 daily),
so a codeine/paracetamol based product and ibruprofen would be fine as long as you stay within the maximum doses for each - they work on different receptors so do slightly different things - i think paracetamol/codeine is a pain reliever while ibruprofen is an inflammation reducer.
I don't think expiry of Sept '10 would make a difference tbh, most that would happen is the effect would reduce? someone else would tell you more about that i am sure.
Co-dydramol and nurofen can be taken together or alternately, but if you look at the pack of nurofen, you'll probably find that the active ingredient is ibuprofen and the dose is usually 200mg (exception is nurofen migraine which has 342mg ibuprofen lyseine). Instead of paying £1.40+ for nurofen, you could just buy a pack of say, Tesco/Asda own brand ibuprofen for about 30p. As long as the active ingredient is the same at the same dosage, you just end up paying a good bit more for a brand name.