Hi I'm the same as you but a lot worse I started on 30 500 co codamol 6 years ago after a painful operation now I can take 24 codeine 30 mg when I can get them off my friend and 18 tramadol which I have a regular prescription for 50 mg and we are all the same when I came off my cocodamol I was in hospital 12 weeks ago and they changed them to tramadol so I didn't have any withdrawals because they are an opiate I think but I keep getting them off my friend like I said I had to withdraw though 2 year ago when I kept putting in my prescription for renewal when the receptionist said to me you only handed this in this week she said didn't you get it so she assumed it had been lost and I was deceitful and went along with her and got a prescription signed there by the doc as she thought they had lost it and were going out of their way to do a good job and be helpful so off I went and dropped in next day and asked at desk if my inhalers were ready on repeat and she looked in box and there it was my inhalers and tucked in middle were my cocodamol as they usually were because I always worked it out that I put something else in with it thinking it wouldn't look as suspicious when I came out of there I felt like ide won the lottery. I was so happy and excited couldn't wait to get home to take 8 with a hot coffee I can't explain the feeling I'm so scared to go through all that again I felt like I had the worst flu ever struggled to get out of bed the sweat was dripping off me and the pain cramps in my abdomen were shockingly painful not to mention spellings are a bit wrong start again the depression was awful felt like I was so lost without my cocodamol I wasn't happy and didn't want to do anything it was awful well the next week I handed script in and guess what no cocodamol they looked in to it and realized I must of got 2 or checked on the screen thing and realized how often I were getting them but I said I had to see doctor and next day I was sweating and went to see him and he said I was getting far too many in such little time he couldn't give me any more and I was so embarrassed he knew I was addicted really . so I just said oh right I just kept putting it in thought I had to do it every week and walked out devastated and it took me 3 weeks to feel normal again it was great I felt good happy and not reliant on those stupid things oh no but guess what was in bad pain and had sum ovarian cysts about 9 months later and what did I get from hospital after op co codamol I really didn't want to take them but I was in so much pain I had to and when I took 2 I was high as a kite it was lovely again and that was it hooked again although before I took them I was thinking strong I won't let that codeine demon get me again but he did and like I said I was in hospital 12 weeks ago with shocking pain and I have been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and it was most probably the pills and the drink because I liked a glass of wine and I still could stand after a full bottle and the pills but now I can never have another drink again as they said it would kill me my sugar level is all to pot I haven't touched a drop since and the last drink I had was on 1st may I feel proud at not drinking because addictions are hard to quit and I loved a drink I'm not a wino I'm a very respectable lady in my 40s and I find it hard to accept I do this pill addiction I feel so much better been able to tell you all my story and I enjoyed reading everyone's story I don't feel as alone now but I know I will soon have to boot away that demon again and I feel scared to do it again I am not looking forward to it.
Unfortunately I have required various painkillers most of my adult life and codeine has been just one of them for the last 15 years, for which I have had a 30/500 prescription of "co-codamol". I agree with several people here-I think codeine should be reserved for hospital pain relief only-it is such a powerful drug and has hooked so many innocent people-there are so many non-opiate based pain solution medications, but regular hard working professionals constantly seem to be finding themselves being treated like "drug addicts" every time they try to buy anything with a "P" controlled status from their pharmacy.
I just want to let you know that I am a recovering codeine addict. I know exactly what you went through and I really could not cope with life without a dose, the pain and the emptiness depression was too unbearable, to the point I just had to take them to stop me from being suicidal and I made a few attempts at OD and rushed to hospital...I was mentally unstable. One day my sister invited me to church and I gave my life to Christ, it wasn't easy, but the new found company of the holy spirit gave me that strength, love courage and determination to get through it - not to mention the peace I found which filled up all the emptiness I had away from the codeine dosage - can't explain but just some kind amazing transformation takes place on the inside and I know it was GOD hearing my cries for help and saving me from death....I cried uncontrollably when I was touched by the holy spirit like a huge weight had lifted off my shoulder and I was like a caged bird set free - I truly believe it was GOD saying to me, you've suffered enough, you don't have to suffer anymore....so 4 years later, I am no longer an addict, I no longer have any sickness or mental instability or illnesses, and I truly believe that Jesus is a healer, as I have a new chance at life, I am healthy happy and well and lead a happy successful life with no painkillers or antidepressants but I couldn't have done it alone - it was too hard, I was a mess...I'm not asking you to believe me, I'm asking you to try it for yourself. You can't do this on your own - it's too painful, too difficult and beyond your control...find a good church and praying community that will support you, and you must personally look to seeking that relationship with GOD that will help to put all those broken pieces back together. I truly am a broken mess put back together, it's a miracle I am still alive!!! but I believe I had to go through it so I could understand what you're going through and be a blessing to someone else going through the same pain...you are sincerely in my prayers I will be praying for you and I really believe that GOD has the power to heal you and deliver you from this horrible life-scarring drugs. I am a living testimony of this!!! :) have courage, have faith and put it in GODs hands - he will help you :)
I have only been taking codeine 3 weeks am definitely reliant on it only took small dosage 10 20 mgs prior to that was only taking 2 mg of Valium which I was finally sleeping on came to visit family and my routine was thrown off had pain so took codeine now life is pure hell maybe because of my weight it was too much for me I weigh 46 kg now I can't eat much again have severe depression I did have depression before but I was coping OK with it and anxiety now it has worsened to the extent I am so lethargic feel I want codeine and cannot sleep at all without it but on it sleep one two hours then wake am talking to myself feel jittery etc. It's been pure hell I've only just got some life back after Valium affected me I feel like I'm dying but its slow I suddenly have no interest in anything again where I was beginning to find interest stay away from this drug my daughter able to get it as work at chemist she doesn't seem to become addicted to prescription meds at all. I can take them or leave them why are some people so unlucky I've also lost weight since taking them I had to fight for years to put on 8 kgs. and was definitely feeling better till taking this horrid drug last night went to bed tried not to take one and just couldn't do without it due to lack of sleep please doctors ban it altogether anything potentially addictive should be banned.
I read about people having codein and painkiller addiction of 5 years and less, but I have used approximately 40mg of codeine on a daily basis for over 20 years now. Most often combined with either paracetamol or some other medical drug. I started having constant pain and discomfort in my legs recently. Can anyone tell me if taking approximately 4 painkillers on a daily basis for two decades is truly harmful or can the body cope with that?
Recreational use of codeine occurs often mainly because it is very easy to obtain. Codeine can be obtained either over the counter in low doses or through prescription combination drugs. Reasons for using Codeine include experiencing the euphoric effects associated with opiates.
Another very common side effect is decreased libido (lack of sexual drive). Codeine is known to interact negatively with certain psychiatric medications, so prior to administration it is advisable to check with a physician. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to codeine, which has been known to cause swelling of skin and rashes.
Like any other opioid addiction, treatment should be immediate. Addiction to Codeine encompasses more than just the . If an individual is addicted to Codeine, there is most likely a physical and psychological dependence involved as well. If a friend or loved one is displaying odd behavior and codeine addiction is suspected, intervention is recommended. Otherwise as noted above, many different body systems can be affected and in severe cases Codeine addiction could even lead to death. There are many available and effective treatment programs that can address this serious problem.
is a well-known prescription drug that is commonly known as Tylenol 3 in North America. Codeine falls into the category of and is turned into by the body in order to be utilized properly. Codeine is derived from the opium poppy and is related to morphine and heroin.
The purpose of Codeine is to relieve pain and anxiety. This drug, like other opiates, not only has the potential to depress breathing but can depress other body systems as well.
Like any other drug, tolerance can result after consistent use of medication, this includes therapeutic effects. How quickly this occurs depends on the metabolism of the individual. In addition, the different side effects tolerance may develop at different rates. As with other opiates, a serious probable adverse reaction is respiratory .
Another very common side effect is decreased libido (lack of sexual drive). Codeine is known to interact negatively with certain psychiatric medications, so prior to administration it is advisable to check with a physician. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to codeine, which has been known to cause swelling of skin and rashes.Recreational use of codeine occurs often mainly because it is very easy to obtain. Codeine can be obtained either over the counter in low doses or through prescription combination drugs. Reasons for using Codeine include experiencing the euphoric effects associated with opiates.
It is common practice for individuals wishing to obtain a high to drink cough syrup straight or by taking a combination of pills whole or crushed mixed with water as this allows faster absorption into the body. Codeine can also be extracted by using methods such as cod water extraction.
The dosage at which codeine is safe is from 10-60mg at once. However, when Codeine is used recreationally it is between 60mg to 400 mg in one shot. If an individual uses more than 400 mg in one shot, it exceeds the amount of drug the liver can metabolize at once which means that it will be wasted.
In order to get the full effect of the drug, it is recommended to take Codeine all in one dose as opposed to taking it gradually over a long period of time. Codeine can be taken orally, rectally (via the anus) and can be given as a shot. It should never, however, be snorted, smoked or injected intravenously.
Using Codeine recreationally is dangerous on many different levels. Some of the more dangerous side effects include the following:
There are some countries where cough syrups and tablets that contain codeine are available without prescription. It has been reported that in France approximately ninety five percent of the consumption of Codeine cough medication is attributed to non-medical use. In fact, it is common for individuals trying to reduce the by using Codeine.Like any other opioid addiction, treatment should be immediate. Addiction to Codeine encompasses more than just the . If an individual is addicted to Codeine, there is most likely a physical and psychological dependence involved as well. If a friend or loved one is displaying odd behavior and codeine addiction is suspected, intervention is recommended. Otherwise as noted above, many different body systems can be affected and in severe cases Codeine addiction could even lead to death. There are many available and effective treatment programs that can address this serious problem.
im a mum of 5kida who i love so much,i got addicted because i had a bad back and i love the pain free feeling,but i cant get off of them,i want help,im only 33 and my mum died the same way,i want 2 be my old self again,id do anything never 2 put unother pill in my mouth,iv told my family,but when i dont take them my body hurts,i feel sick,i get tired,i go into major depression,i hate this feeling,i want my old self back,can anybody help me become the bubbly person i use 2 be