From 1 February 2018 codeine will only be available with a prescription. This is due to changes made by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA). This decision has been made as codeine available over-the-counter is in doses that are ineffective for short-term (acute) pain. Codeine is not appropriate treatment for long-term (chronic) pain. Codeine is potentially harmful, with an unpredictable metabolism that prevents reliable, safe and consistent pain relief. Codeine can result in toxicity, dependence and death.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen in combination is more effective for pain relief than over-the-counter products containing codeine. For those with chronic pain, a multi-disciplinary approach is best. Talk with your GP about your options to best manage your pain. Read more here.