Why it matters: Soluble and effervescent preparations of analgesics contain high sodium content. 8 soluble paracetamol per day will exceed the recommended sodium intake for an adult of 2.4g (6g salt). In addition, these products are considerably more expensive than standard tablets or capsules. Therefore, ideally they should only be recommended in patients with genuine swallowing difficulties.
Description: Prescribing of soluble/effervescent forms of paracetamol and co-codamol as a percentage of prescribing of all paracetamol and co-codamol tablets and capsules
CCGs are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual CCG, plus deciles across all CCGs in the NHS in England.