Manage your pain effectively
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical or pharmaceutical advice. If you suffer from frequent headaches or live with constant, chronic pain, we’re here to help you manage it.
Pain management (Codeine transition service)
Prescription and over the counter pain relievers are commonly used to treat pain. There are two different kinds: non-opioid such as paracetamol for mild pain and opioid such as codeine that’s used to manage severe pain.
Changes to the access of codeine
Some medicines available without prescription for pain relief contain an opioid medicine called Codeine.
From 1 February 2018, all medicines containing Codeine will no longer be permitted to be supplied over the counter, and will require a Doctor’s prescription.
The change will bring Australia into line with several other countries around the world.
Pain medication management
If you regularly take pain medication that contains Codeine or are unsure if the medication you take contains codeine, we recommend speaking to your GP, and your Friendlies Pharmacist to discuss how the change might impact you and what options and alternatives may be available.
If your Doctor considers a Codeine medicine to be part of your pain management, a prescription will be required. Some medications containing Codeine may not be available after 1 February 2018.
Friendlies can help
Your Friendlies Pharmacist is available to discuss your pain relief options and how the changes may affect you. Alternative options may include non-medicinal treatments such as TENS machines and referral to other health professionals, which may include your GP, a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.
Speak to your local Friendlies Pharmacy team for more information.
Private pain management consultations
Book a free 15-minute private consultation with a Friendlies Pharmacist to discuss your pain relief options.
During the consultation, your Friendlies Pharmacist can discuss your pain, your pain medicines, if the changes to Codeine medicines may affect you, as well as suitable alternatives to achieve optimal control of your pain. Alternative options may include non-medicinal treatments such as TENS machines and referral to other health professionals, which may include your GP, a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.