While Nurofen Plus is an over-the-counter drug used for pain relief, it contains Ibuprofen and Codeine which can be addictive. Available without a prescription, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a Nurofen Plus addiction to ensure that you are taking the drug responsibly.

Below, we outline what Nurofen Plus addiction can look like as well as what you should do if you’re worried about yourself or someone you know.

At Ocean Recovery we offer specialist private drug and alcohol rehab to help you or a loved one through the potential tough times ahead.



Can You Get Addicted to Painkillers?

The short answer is yes. Despite painkillers being readily available, there is a risk that you can become addicted. This is because painkillers work by adapting the signals in the brain, numbing any pain, and creating a sense of relaxation.

This, combined with their addictive nature, can result in people taking higher doses, which then creates dependence and can lead to painkiller addiction. What’s more, if you do become addicted to painkillers, you’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms and side effects if you try to stop using painkillers or reduce your dose.

This can create a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. In the case of Nurofen Plus, it’s the Codeine within the drug that is highly addictive and can cause drug addiction.

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Symptoms of Nurofen Plus Addiction

If you’re concerned about your own Nurofen Plus usage or someone else’s, it’s important to talk to a medical professional or one of our advisors on 0800 880 7596.

At Ocean Recovery, our team is always available to chat on the phone or via message and will listen to your concerns, and answer any questions. Additionally, they can outline what options are available to you and your next steps.

Addiction is a highly personal health condition and can manifest itself in numerous physical and psychological symptoms. Common signs of a Nurofen Plus addiction include:

  • Having cravings and withdrawal symptoms without Nurofen Plus
  • Needing a higher dose of Nurofen Plus to function
  • Attempting to get more prescriptions through multiple pharmacies/doctors
  • Stealing, forging, or buying prescriptions
  • Taking Nurofen Plus albeit the original pain has stopped
  • Wanting to stop but not being able to

Unfortunately, many people struggle to come to terms with the fact that they are addicted – especially when it’s an addiction to Nurofen Plus which is available at the pharmacy or local shop.

However, admitting you need help or that you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. Even if you don’t think you have a problem with Nurofen Plus, it’s important to consider if your usage is influencing other areas of your life like relationships, finances, and your job.

If it is, you might benefit from professional help. Nurofen Plus addiction can soon take its toll on your health and cause irreparable damage to the organs. The sooner you speak to someone, and get the help you need, the sooner you’ll be able to get your life back on track.

Rehab Treatment for Addiction

As with many other addictions, often drug and alcohol rehab is the best choice if you want to recover. This is because addiction is a serious health condition that requires medical support and treatment.

As a leading drug and alcohol addiction treatment centre, Ocean Recovery offers evidence-based therapy and is the perfect place to heal. Using a combination of therapies that include counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychological therapy, and wellbeing activities, you’ll be supported to combat the physical addiction, and to understand your emotional dependencies.

With this knowledge and the right support, you can then begin to produce healthier coping strategies and new lifestyle choices. Based in Blackpool, our treatment clinic focuses on helping you to move past your Nurofen Plus addiction, motivating you to set goals for the future, and highlighting to you that there is another way.

When you arrive, you’ll typically need to complete a drug detox. This is where Nurofen Plus leaves your body and is essential before you start any treatment.

The detox process can take up to a week and it’s normal for you to experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, generally feeling unwell and aching muscles.

You may have already tried to detox at home but, at Ocean Recovery, we’re able to oversee the entire process to ensure you’re safe and supported. Any side effects or symptoms will also be monitored and reduced with medication.

Your treatment for Nurofen Plus addiction isn’t over when your time at rehab comes to end.  The idea of returning to your home setting can be a stressor, but we’ll ensure that you have the relevant knowledge, skills, and resilience to be able to stay strong in the outside world.

A specialist team will work with you during your time at rehab to prepare you with an aftercare package and relapse prevention advice, and you’ll have details for local support groups in the community too. Of course, our phone line is always available also.


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Addiction can happen to anyone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But, if you are worried about your own Nurofen Plus usage or that of a loved one, then it’s important to get the relevant help.

At Ocean Recovery, we’re proud to have created a space that is free from judgement and pressure. Instead, our advisors will simply outline what the future could look like for you and kickstart the process if you want to go ahead.

For friends and family, we offer an intervention service, and our friendly advisors can help lighten the load. We know that addiction impacts the whole family which is why we’re here to support everyone going through it.

Contact us today and together we can take the first step towards a new future.


John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 2, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.