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Hi. I am looking for some advice really. Firstly, I get ill a lot. I'm a 35 year old male, professional and work hard. About 7 years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) gave me some cocodamol (30/500s). Whenever I was ill or needed to sleep I would nibble a 1/4 of a tablet. Over the years since, I have began taking them more and more often. When ill at work I would take one - maybe once a fortnight. This led to two when I was ill.
When going to the doctor for back pain about 18 months ago, he gave me a 100 box to save on prescription charges. I got a box every 3 months or so before asking the doctor for pure codeine - I said it was because i wanted the option to 'top-up' if standard pain relief didn't work, however, I just didn't want the paracetamol. I then started to take them at the weekend - something to look forward to on a Friday. Before I knew it, I was taking 180mg a day 3/4 days a week (I needed a couple of days off so that I could have a poo). About 6 weeks ago I realised I had a problem - had two weeks off and thought 'I can quit when I like' - may as well get back on them. I'm now completely out of codeine but have started asking people at work casually. Found one random 30mg on Saturday and took it straight away. Not sure if I'm in withdrawal or not, but it's not overpowering - I just want one if that makes sense. If I continue, will it get worse? Every time anyone in my family gets given codeine I always end up finishing them off. I speak with people at work and loads of people seem to be on either codeine or tramadol and say 'it doesn't affect me' - I can't see how it doesn't though. By the way, I've never taken more than I should (60mg) and never taken a dose early (less than four hours in between doses). Any advice would be greatly appreciated 😃 xxx
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