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Co-proxamol suppliers?

My friend has been able to get co-proxamol on a private prescription through a private doctor. We were getting some locally up until about March last year but it's extremely expensive, we found somewhere more affordable online but they're no longer supplying it since last month.

I wondered if you knew anywhere either online or somewhere we can phone to get hold of co-proxamol please?

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Can you write to the maker direct from the info on the patient information leaflet you get with your meds. And have you read the info on this drug on wiki. It possibly explains on the uk paragraph bit why you are having difficulties getting this drug on prescription.


If you are in the u.k., it's available on prescription. Don't know if you have been taking it for a long time but it's an opiate and addictive.... If it's pain relief you need then speak to your g.p.


Thank you my friend does have a private prescription, and we can get hold of some but it's the price has gone up by 250%. Thank you for the idea of looking at the leaflet I think my friend has probably tried that but I'll check.

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Hi have Chemist.Net stopped issuing Co-proxamol on Private Prescriptions?

The ban on Dextropropoxyphene based production was reversed in India within 12 months of it being banned, and is back in full production at a very competitive price, £1.13 /100 tablets!

I'm still campaigning

for the UK to reinstate the licences for Co-proxamol and import the drug directly from India.

For this reason the ‘Named Patient Facility’ should be reinstated immediately and the suitability for controlled status for general use should be considered on the same basis as Tramadol!

Co-proxamol is far safer than Tramadol, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Buprenorphine! MHRA’s scare tactics were totally responsible for the scandalous price increases (£49.50 when the product was finally removed from the NHS prescribing list).

My complaints are being dealt with by the ICO and Parliamentary & Health Ombudsman, I'll keep you updated when I receive a response.


I take cocodamol and tramadol amongst other things , I’ve never heard of coproxamol what is it??


MHRA’s decision to advise the UK Government to ban Co-proxamol was seriously flawed from the start. Evidence had been available since 1998 that Co-proxamol was an effective analgesic which had given millions of patient’s adequate pain relief without suffering any unpleasant side effects for over fifty years. [Hanks Forbes Report]

The ban on Co-proxamol was debated in Parliament; unfortunately the views of 70% of GP’s and 93 % of Rheum were completely ignored!

Taken from Hansard


17 Jan 2007: Column 343WH (4.40 pm)

Dr. Howard Stoate (Dartford) (Lab): Thank you, Mr. Cummings, for giving me an opportunity to take part in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg) on securing it and on her excellent speech. She has been a tireless campaigner on this issue, and my colleagues in the medical profession, as well as the 72,000 patients who continue to use co-proxamol, owe her a debt of gratitude for the work that she has done in raising the profile of the subject. I concur with almost everything that she said today, but I shall come back to that later.

I would like to begin by reading a quote from a consultant rheumatologist from Wearside who has been working in the field for more than 20 years and is, therefore, well placed to comment on the merits of the decision of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to withdraw co-proxamol:

“There is absolutely no doubt that co-proxamol is an invaluable drug for patients with chronic rheumatic pain. Its withdrawal has caused enormous distress for a large number of patients who have found it to be safe, effective and free of the side-effects of other analgesics such as constipation and impaired cognition...Large numbers of rheumatologists and patients have come to the conclusion that co-proxamol is superior to other simple analgesics.”

His is by no means a lone voice. It is apparent from the medical press that the frustration that he feels is shared by hundreds of consultants and general practitioners throughout the country.

Indeed, the poll carried out by the medical magazine Pulse of GPs and consultant rheumatologists in October 2006, to which my hon. Friend referred, found that 70 per cent of GPs and 94 per cent of rheumatologists wanted the MHRA to revisit its decision to ban co-proxamol.

Why are clinicians so strongly opposed to the MHRA’s decision? After all, a review by the Committee on Safety of Medicines found that the painkiller is the second most common prescription drug associated with fatal overdoses, with around 300 to 400 people dying each year as a result of accidentally or deliberately taking too many tablets. Similarly, a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2005 found that an overdose of co-proxamol was more than 10 times more likely to be fatal than one of co-dydramol or co-codamol.

Perhaps the main reason why GPs and specialists are so unhappy with the MHRA’s decision is co-proxamol’s proven track record as an effective painkiller and the absence of any suitable alternative for certain patients.


The UK government were forced to impose a ‘controlled status’ on Tramadol during June 2014 as a result of the ever increasing annual death toll to 240. (The same as Co-proxamol)

I’m currently waiting for a response from the ICO regarding my last FOI request, a report from the Ombudsman regarding my last complaint to MHRA, and have been in contact with the ‘Parliamentary Health Committee’ hoping that Co-proxamol will be reinstated.



What exactly is coproxamol? What is it made of codine and ?

Well I guess if we can’t get it here it doesn’t matter to much lol


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