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Is mixing nurofen and paracetomal OK for adults too?

(34 Posts)
Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 16:22:06

Like you do for babies

just wondering if its ok to intersperse them or have I been poisoning myself the last few days

snafu Sun 20-Feb-05 16:23:46

If it's okay for babies then I'm sure it's absolutely fine for adults...probably?

happymerryberries Sun 20-Feb-05 16:24:34

Yes, you will be fine. They act in different ways. Just make sure that you stick to both the accepted maximum doses, and put in the second when the first is mid way between doses IYSWIM. And ibuprofen is a no-no is you are asthmatic

happymerryberries Sun 20-Feb-05 16:25:41

And you can trust me I used to work for Boots who invented ibuprofen! As an aside don't bother buying Neurofen, always get the Boots own brand ibuprofen, they are made in the same factory to the same standards!

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 16:25:56

This is fine.

If you're really miserable, you can also have codeine. Makes you dopey, though. (But is fine with bf)

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 16:26:46

is it? I didn't know that HMB

don't think I am asthmatic any more .. I got pregnancy induced asthma but it seems to have settled down and I haven't taken inhalers for a few months .. although every time I get a cold it goes straight to my chest

arrrghhh .. don't know what to do now

sievehead Sun 20-Feb-05 16:29:17

You definitely can mix them. I was told that when I had tonsillitis - you take paracetamol, then 2 hours later nurofen, and so on. Hope you are ok. Whats up?

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 16:54:10

all my glands for a start

joints ache

stuffy nose

sore throat

shivers and fevers

the usual really .. but particularly nasty one .. <feeling sad for myself>

Flossam Sun 20-Feb-05 17:56:47

Twiglett have you ever taken aspirin or ibuprofen before? If so and no problems you are most likely to be fine. Both DP and me are athsmatics and take ibuprofen and paracetamol together. What is a really good idea is to take paracetamol, then ibuprofen 2 hours later, paracetamol 4-6 hrly after the first dose (of paracetamol). Unless you're in major pain, then take them both at the same time to hit the nail on the head so to speak. HTH!

happymerryberries Sun 20-Feb-05 18:01:57

Yes the advice is realy to stop you having a particular allergic reaction to the ibuprofen. Astmatics are a little more likely to get the reaction, so they are advised not to use aspirin or ibuprofen. If you have taken it before, chances are youwill be OK, but the formal advice is still to avoid it IYSWIM

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 18:03:32

thanks for clearing that up guys

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 18:05:17

If you're having problems sleeping, thanks to the bug, I strongly recommend codeine at night.

misdee Sun 20-Feb-05 18:06:24

can u get codeine on its own over the counter? i've only had it on perscription.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 18:09:15

Not entirely on its own, with paracetamol. They keep it behind the counter, you have to ask for it, and a pharmacist will peer at you or maybe ask you what it's for, but I've never had any problems.

I don't use it often (haven't for ages) but as I tend to b/f for ages, and you can't have night nurse when b/f, it's nice to know you have something that will knock you out when you have a nasty cold.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 18:09:57

Oh, it's worth knowing, it can be addictive. My sister used to have a real habit. But I don't like feeling foggy, I just like getting some sleep when I'm ill.

misdee Sun 20-Feb-05 18:11:35

it can be very addictive. dh is paranoid he'll be addicted to it. but has been off it now for 2 weeks. was taking it nightly in dec and jan. it helps stop night coughs as well.

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 18:12:30

is it called co-proxamol? like they give you in hospital (you're right .. I can't sleep)

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 18:13:09

actually forget that .. I wouldn't take it .. don't really need it that much

Slinky Sun 20-Feb-05 18:30:24

Went into Boots yesterday to get Calpol and Nurofen for DD2 (having tonsils out tomorrow). Boots refused to sell me both together, so had to buy Calpol in Boots, then walk round to Lloyds to get the Nurofen.

Twiglett Sun 20-Feb-05 18:31:07

that's strange .. my chemists (and Boots) don't have a problem with it

Enid Sun 20-Feb-05 18:34:03

solpadeine (codeine and paracetamol) is brilliant in the night (not solpadeine plus, thats got caffeine in). I took that and nurofen when I had flu/sore throat over Christmas and it was a brill combo. Sorry to hear you feel so rubbish x E

Slinky Sun 20-Feb-05 18:37:58

Twig - no I've never had a problem before (in either Boots or Lloyds) - I just think I was being served by "Mr Jobsworth" yesterday - did try to argue the toss but he wasn't having any of it

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 19:15:16

co-codamol is another name for codeine and paracetamol, twiglett, I think that's what you mean? They do give it to you post-section, that's when I found out it was easily available here, and ok when breastfeeding. (Boots brand sells it as codeine and paracetamol, though.)

I think it's worth taking when you need it, if you're careful about addiction, and not worried about constipation (which it does tend to cause). But then, I feel the best way to get better is to sleep well, at pretty much any cost.

Flossam Sun 20-Feb-05 19:15:23

I thought they had stopped prescribing co-proximal (paracetamol and codeine) or am I just confused.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 19:23:58

They gave it to me when I was recovering from my section, in September. So I think they're still prescribing it.

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