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Co-proxamol or paracetamol for acute pain?
  • Relevant BNF section: 4.7.1


Fifteen years ago, we drew attention to the widespread use of the fixed-dose combination product co-proxamol (dextropropoxyphene 32.5mg plus paracetamol 325mg) and the paucity of evidence that it was more effective than paracetamol alone.1 Co-proxamol is still widely used in the UK. Here, we consider its use and review data comparing co-proxamol with paracetamol in the short-term relief of pain.

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  • Relevant BNF section: 4.7.1

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