Dihydrocodeine

Usual solid dosage form
Tablet
Available as a liquid
Yes - oral solution
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution
Liquid strengths
10mg/5mL
Liquid sugar free or not
No
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes, some
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Yes - oral solution, suspension
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
No information available
Available as other formulations?
Injection (subcutaneous or intramuscular) (50mg/mL), MR tablet
Note
-
Film coated
No
Modified release
Yes, some
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Dihydrocodeine tartrate
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Enteric coated/modified release products should not be crushed.