Co-codamol addiction

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Prescribed Co-codamol several years ago for back pain, my doctors literally dish it out again and again even if script isn't due, if I run out I'll buy paramol etc, I do suffer terribly with the pain if I don't have them, but do take many more than 8 a day, also often have upset stomach, headache, doesn't bother me taking them, but am worried what the amount of paracetamol is doing to my stomach? sad

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    It sounds to me as if you need to do a pain management review with your doctor, you shouldn't be consuming large amounts of Paracetamol, there are safer more efficient ways to treat pain, obviously I don't know your situation, or why your taking what, but stomach damage / pain is a direct result of the large Paracetamol consumption. 

    The Paracetamol can be separated from the Codeine element of the pill, just look up "cold filtration methods" but you shouldn't need to be doing that if your under a doctors care!

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    Paracetamol isn't bad for your stomach.It is very bad for your liver, but only if you take more than the recommended amount. Are you confusing it with Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen/naproxen etc? You can buy co-codamol over the counter, which would be a better choice than buying paramol. Horrible stuff.

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    You need to ask your doctor for codeine phosphate as this does not have the paracetamol in which will damage your liver! Also get your liver checked out and be honest with the doctor about your situation x
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      Paracetamol won't damage the liver unless you take more than the recommended dosage. It's more likely that the codeine will damage the kidneys!

      Side effects of codeine (or any other opiod analgaesics include)

      nausea and vomiting (particularly in initial stages), constipation, dry mouth, and biliary spasm; larger doses produce muscle rigidity, hypotension, and respiratory depression . Other common side-effects of opioid analgesics include bradycardia, tachycardia, palpitation, oedema, postural hypotension, hallucinations, vertigo, euphoria, dysphoria, mood changes, dependence, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, sleep disturbances, headache, sexual dysfunction, difficulty with micturition, urinary retention, ureteric spasm, miosis, visual disturbances, sweating, flushing, rash, urticaria, and pruritus.

      As opposed to Paracetamol where side effects are very rare.

      Side effects and effects of toxicity due to overdosage are two very different things.

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