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SYNDOL AVAILABILITY NEW UPDATE May 7th, 2014.
NEW LATEST UPDATE, MAY 2014 ! “'Sanofi' have confirmed that the product had been transferred to them in June/July of last year. They advised me it had been previously ‘out of stock’ whilst the licence was held by Reckitt Benckiser and then this has had a knock on effect when it was transferred. The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA)have confirmed that they have given Sanofi permission to recommence manufacture of Syndol, but as to exactly when they do so, is up to the Company. As at May 7th, 2014, there is still no indication that Syndol will shortly become available again within the U.K. Our advice is that to check regularly with your local Community Pharmacy, and see what advice they can offer.
We received this bit of advice from an Over-Count Client named "Richard"-
" I bought 100 South African Syndol from www.perkipets.com for £49.99 + shipping = total £56.48. They arrived promptly but your suggested supplier is significantly cheaper. (see below)
But you can also make your own Syndol! Look at the ingredients of Syndol. Codine and paracetomol in the same proportions as co-codamol which can be bought quite cheaply as a generic version (such as at Sainsbury pharmacy £1.40 for 32 tablets). You then need Doxylamine Sucinate and caffine. Google Doxylamine Sucinate and you'll find it available through Amazon.com as Kirkland Sleep Aid. I bought 4 tubs of 96 tablets including shipping to a US address for US $18.95, obviously more to the UK, say $25 = £15. But you only need half a tablet with 2 co-codamol tablets to equal two Syndol tablets. So you've then enough to go with 1,536 Syndol tablets! Caffine enhances the effect of the other chemicals and I reckon a cup of coffee or strong tea does the trick. We all know that Syndol makes us sleepy - the caffine is also there to perk us up and try to overcome the sleepiness. But if you take Syndol when you can be sleepy, it's no problem. Note that Kirkland Sleep Aid is exactly that and one tablet can be used as a low cost sleeping tablet so you certainly shouldn't take them when driving or operating machinery. Of course, you can't buy sleeping tablets OTC in the UK but if headaches are a problem, so can getting to sleep be a problem, and having a good night's sleep might make day time headaches easier to bear.
Instead of taking strong tea or coffee, you could always try taking a "Pro-Plus" Caffeine tablet- available at 'Poundland' for just £1 a pack.
So that's about £1.70, plus coffee or strong tea to make 32 Syndol tablets!" Thanks, Richard!
If you want to lobby "Sanofi" yourselves, with your views concerning their manufacturing it again, their contact details are as follows :-
IMPORTANT !! There are now virtually NO UK availability of supplies of Syndol, even via "Amazon" or other UK based Online Pharmacies. However, several Over-Count Clients have informed me that they have obtained supplies of Syndol via South African based Online Pharmacy suppliers- The Syndol although manuactured in South Africa, contains the same generic ingredients as the original UK product, but may have slightly different presentation and/or taste. One particular Online Pharmacy which appears to have fulfilled UK orders for Syndol, quickly and safely, and at a reasonable cost, can be found via this Link - http://www.ondoorsteppharmacy.co.za/ The current price charged, as at 24th December, 2013, for a large pack of 100 Syndol tablets, is equivelant to £33, plus another £9 approx. for air-mail delivery to the UK (which takes usually 10-12 days following ordering). However, Over-Count cannot guarantee complete safety when placing overseas orders, so we advise to FIRST - Check with the Supplier that they currently still have Syndol in stock, for immediate despatch. - Always pay your Order using a recognised Credit Card (Not a Debit Card) as this will provide you with added Payment Protection via the Credit Card Issuer. We are not endorsing nor advocating obtaining supplies of Syndol from overseas, but are merely providing this information as a public service. Just be careful when ordering. May 7th, 2014.
CAN YOU HELP WITH THIS UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ?? "Over-Count Drugs Information Agency" is helping Ms Niamh Fingleton, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, with a research project about over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine dependence and addiction. These are medicines which can be obtained without a prescription. e.g. painkillers which contain codeine and paracetamol/ibuprofen, cough and cold remedies, etc. Niamh would like to speak with people in the UK who are currently dependent on or addicted to an over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine, or who are currently receiving treatment for over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine dependence or addiction. The aim of the study is to find out what helps and hinders seeking and obtaining treatment for over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine dependence or addiction. It is hoped that this research will help to identify any changes that need to be made so that seeking and obtaining treatment is easier in the future. Any information you provide will be confidential and you will remain anonymous in any publications or presentations of the research. If you are interested in taking part, please read this information sheet ( a pdf document) for more details about what taking part would involve. Niamh is not medically trained and is therefore unable to provide medical advice or support. Your help would be greatly appreciated. CONTACT DETAILS: Niamh Fingleton, Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, Aberdeen. AB25 2ZD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01224 437206
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"SOLPADEINE IS MY BOYFRIEND" RADIO DRAMA
First seen at the Dublin Fringe festival, "Solpadeine is My Boyfriend" is about change. It's the changes you can't control, can't come back from, like growing up, emigrating, and the moment you realise: you're not who you thought you were going to be when you wrote about it in 3rd class. Stefanie Preissner confronts the psychic paralysis of post-boom Ireland .. A stark and frank tale of Dependency......
Written and performed by Stefanie Preissner
A "With an F Production" directed by Gina Moxley
Sound Supervision Mark McGrath
You can listen to the Radio Drama using RTE's Player, or download the Drama as a Podcast by clicking here :-
SNAKE VENOM THE NEW ALTERNATIVE 'MORPHINE' PAINKILLER ??
A painkiller as powerful as morphine, but without most of the side-effects, has been found in the deadly venom of the black mamba, say French scientists. The predator, which uses neurotoxins to paralyse and kill small animals, is one of the fastest and most dangerous snakes in Africa. However, tests on mice, reported in the journal Nature, showed its venom also contained a potent painkiller.
They admit to being completely baffled about why the mamba would produce it. The researchers looked at venom from 50 species before they found the black mamba's pain-killing proteins - called mambalgins. Dr Eric Lingueglia, from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology near Nice, told the BBC: "When it was tested in mice, the analgesia was as strong as morphine, but you don't have most of the side-effects." Morphine acts on the opioid pathway in the brain. It can cut pain, but it is also addictive and causes headaches, difficulty thinking, vomiting and muscle twitching. The researchers say mambalgins tackle pain through a completely different route, which should produce few side-effects.Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19812064#
NEW CONCERNS ABOUT PAINKILLER OVER-USE SYNDROME :
Taking medicines such as painkillers over a prolonged period of time to relieve headaches can actually make symptoms worse, according to latest guidelines from NICE.
Headaches are one of the most common complaints presented to GPs and neurologists, with more than 10 million people in the UK experiencing them frequently or at regular intervals.
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Repeatedly taking slightly too much paracetamol over time can lead to an overdose that is difficult to spot, but puts the person in danger of dying, researchers have warned. Paracetamol is a widely used painkiller, and is easily available over the counter in pharmacies, supermarkets and other outlets. If a person takes a large amount at one time it can be dangerous - if not fatal - and medical workers are trained to spot the symptoms of such overdoses, which are a common form of attempted suicide.
But now researchers have found that people who continuously take slightly too much of the drug on each occasion could be putting themselves at risk without showing any of the standard symptoms of a paracetamol overdose. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Liver Transplantation Unit looked at over 650 cases of patient admissions with paracetamol induced liver damage to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh over a 16 year period. Of these, over 160 had taken a so-called "staggered" overdose, usually to relieve a range of common aches and pains, such as headaches, toothaches or muscular pains. Study leader Dr Kenneth Simpson said that in such cases, "they haven't taken the sort of single-moment, one-off massive overdoses taken by people who try to commit suicide, but over time the damage builds up, and the effect can be fatal." "On admission, these staggered overdose patients were more likely to have liver and brain problems, require kidney dialysis or help with breathing and were at a greater risk of dying than people who had taken single overdoses" he added. "Staggered overdoses or patients presenting late after an overdose need to be closely monitored and considered for the paracetamol antidote, N-acetylcysteine, irrespective of the concentration of paracetamol in their blood," said Dr Simpson. The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, calls for more work to find new ways of assessing whether a patient can be sent home, needs medical treatment to counteract the paracetamol, or needs to be considered for a liver transplant. Source: http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/accidental-paracetamol-overdose-warning.htm 23/11/2011.
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LATEST NEWS: David Grieve, the Founder and Project Director of "Over-Count", won the Dumfries and Galloway "Volunteer of the Year" Award, at a civic ceremony held in Dumfries, on Friday, March 11th, 2011.
Painkillers linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes-
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. NEWS!! Research has just shown taking that common painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, have been linked to increased risks of Heart Attacks, Strokes, and now- Irregular Heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) Read the article here- http://uk.news.yahoo.com/painkillers-linked-heart-risks-230104147.html