Dihydrocodeine

(DF 118 Forte®, DHC Continus®, Dihydrocodeine tartrate)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablet
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
Yes - oral solution
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
-
Available as granules?
-
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
-
Available as an injection?
-
Available as nasal/oral spray?
-
Safe or appropriate to crush
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.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Dihydrocodeine tartrate
Usual formulation brand names
DF 118 Forte®, DHC Continus®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes, some
Modified release
Yes, some
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
No
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
No
Are specials or imports available?
Yes - oral solution, suspension
Liquid strengths
10mg/5mL
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
No information available
Notes
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