Dicogesic is a generic preparation of dihydrocodeine tartrate
30 mg tablets made by Duopharma in Malaysia. I managed to get a script
of 60 tablets of DHC (dihydrocodeine) filled just now and the
interesting thing about Dicogesic Tablets is that it’s smaller than DF-118 and it comes in a blister pack.
The blister pack of Dicogesic contains 10 small tablets of 30 mg
dihydrocodeine tartrate. The tablets are green and it’s much smaller
than GSK DF-118 tablets. This is an important distinction as I’ve had
Dicogesic in the past and it seems to produce much less constipation
than DF-118 (which is notorious for its constipation inducing
properties) probably due to the lower chalk content in the Dicogesic
Qualitatively, there is no difference between Dicogesic and DF-118
tablets – both contains 30 mg of DHC in each tablet. Surprisingly,
Dicogesic seems to retail for much higher than the original DF-118
tablets, for reasons unknown to me. However, the reduced binders and
fillers (especially chalk, which is present in large amounts in DF-118
tablets) makes it a much more palatable alternative to DF-118.
This is a close up of the blister pack – Dicogesic Tablets comes in
the standard bubble blister pack with the tablets visible through the
The back of the blister pack lists the contents of the Dicogesic Tablets – Dihydrocodeine Tartrate 30 mg.
Dicogesic tablets are green and has a four leaved clover logo on one
side and the letter ‘P’ on the other. The logo looks remarkably like
the Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals logo and the blister pack design for
dihydrocodeine is unusual since most DHC preparations comes in loose
tablets in 500 or 1000 tablet containers.
Dicogesic gets a thumbs up from me, despite being a
generic preparation, coz the reduced chalk content does not cause
problems that users of DF-118 encounters – prolonged constipation. ;)