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I started taking 30/500 co codamol, prescribed by my doctor for back pain some years ago. There was NO warning on the enclosed leaflet to say that they were addictive.
So off I trotted and took one at a time because they were strong.
By 4 months I was taking 2 at a time, 4 x a day (maximum dose)
I never went over this maximum dose and as soon as I found out about them being addictive I cut them down - hard work, my head pounded, I felt sick but by chopping them in half and mixing the lower dose bought over the counter (8/500) I got down to zero 3 days before my total hysterectomy op. I was so pleased
Well that feeling didn't last. While in hospital, they gave me what I thought were just paracetamol (admittedly I am deaf in one ear and I'd got a thermometer in the other !) I wouldn't have taken them if I'd known.
Anyway, within 4 hours I'd got the shakes, shivers, was being violently sick.
Back to square one!!! For the next two years I fell back into taking the maximum dose - it was almost like my body had remembered the drug - maybe I hadn't gone long enough..... So
Here I am again, I took my last co codamol 30/500 2 days ago - this time going cold turkey, so far I've had the most horrendous headaches, can't sleep, feel sick etc etc....... wish me luck ..... watch this space
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