Co Codamol Addiction

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I am 46yrs old. I have been addicted to co-codamol for years and after i attempted suicide 4 yrs ago my doctor stopped prescribing me them. I then found another source for them from a neighbour and i have been taking 6x30/500mg at a time three times a day. Now that my neighbour has moved away i am having to buy solpadeine max from my chemist which are not as strong as the prescription strength ones. Now am having to up the dosage to stop withdrawal symptoms which are terrible. I want to stop taking these as basically i have hit rock bottom and my life is a mess, i am scared to go to my doctor and confess all, please help me.

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    Hello John. I really do empathise with you. Coming off these drugs is so hard and buying solpedeine must be costing you a fortune! I like you would feel awkward going to my GP as well.

    Is there an Addictive Behaviours service in your area? You can self refer and they see hundreds of patients in a similar situation and never judge. They would really help with the withdrawal symptoms helping you come off codeine slowly and safely. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    Hi John,

               I had an addiction to painkillers for 5 years mostly Dihydrocodeine and was buying packets of Paramol over the counter and was spending alot of money ( £5.99 box of 32 ) a week on them. I was going through roughly a box of 32 a day and it was gettting to the point where the chemists in my area refused to sell me them so I had to travel on the bus to the city centre where there was loads of chemists. I stocked up on these until one day I decided to make an appointment with my doctor and tell him everything. I'm glad I did as he started prescribing me pure Dihydrocodeine because the tablets i was buying had 500mg of paracetmol in each tablet and he was more worried about the amount of paracetmol I was putting into my system each week. After a couple of years of trying to reduce them I ended up getting referred to a specialist centre not far from me who took over the prescribing and checking of my health. In December 2013 I went into rehab for 3 days. The day before I went in I took my very last Dihydrocodeine and then went 25 hours without anything at all,the reason for this is that they needed all the opiates to be clear from my opiate receptors before giving me medication to help with the withdrawals. Those 25 hours were the worst hours I've ever had to endure and I nearly walked out of the rehabilitation clinic and go buy tablets to make myself better but I stuck through it and I'll be honest.....I'm so glad I did otherwise I probably wouldn't be replying to this as everyday I was overdosing and one weekend I took a mixture of tablets 120 in total and ended up in hospital with an overdose. I nearly lost everything and everyone I loved just because I wanted my hit. I would advise you to make an appointment with a doctor, try finding out which is the most sympathetic doctor in your surgery and make the appointment with them and then explain everything to them....Do Not Be Afraid To Be Open And Honest because if you don't....then they can't start helping you in the way you need. Good Luck and I really hope you get all the help you need. P.S find out if there is any Narcotics Annonymous meetings near you and if there is then visit as it'll help you and no one will judge you as you ain't the only one who's been in this predicament.

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      Hi Paul. I was really touched by your reply and it has given me and hopefully many others food for thought and the courage to take the next step to overcome this addiction. I don't take cocodamol but codeine on its own prescribed by my GP for arthritis in my shoulder. I am prescribed two 30mgm tablets 4 times a day and take them religiously. I have noticed recently that I'm taking them even when I don't need them and if I have any extra I will take more. My GP has put these on repeat prescription so I can get 8 packs of 28 tablets a month. When I write it down like this it's horrifying and has made me think it has to stop so I intend to speak to my GP.
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      Thanks for the reply Matron. I ain't ashamed or looking fo r sympathy for what my addiction has done to me I just reached a stage where I wasn't ashamed to let people know what was and still is wrong with me, I really do hope you get an appointment to see your GP as if you don't and keep taking extra tablets even when you don't need them things spiral way out of control. I started out on 8 tablets a day and by the end of my addcition ( Year 5 ) I was comsuming between 90 - 120+ tablets a week and that was on top of prescribed medication. I ain't boasting about it just letting people know how far things can go if help isn't seeked out. I know people won't believe that I took that amount and if I did then I wouldn't be here writing this but trust me....that's what i did week in and week out. If people stick to the recommended dosage on the package then everything should be fine but even an extra 2 tablets can alter the future of your life 
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