Cocodamol withdrawal

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Hi. I am 56 hours into cocodamol cold turkey. Ive been taking these devil pills for 6 months now. I need off them. I'm a mom of 2 little angels, they don't need nor deserve to see their mom like this. I slipped up about 2 hours ago, took 3 8/500 as got a killer headache. Was taking 3-4 30/500 every 3 hours. Any advice please? Have I prolonged my withdrawal? Thanks

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    Hi Gemma, I tried cold turkey at the start of this week and I just couldn't do it. I had a headache that felt like my head was going to explode and I couldn't function at work or home so it's made me see cold turkey isn't for me. I've kept on taking the pills and this week will try and reduce them and come off gradually. Currently I take 4 at a time and can easy go through a full pack some days. But my plan is to take 3 a time for a week or so then reduce to 2 etc. I am determined to stop this as it's been my life for almost 10 years.

    Don't beat yourself up about going back and taking the pills. You just have to find a way that works for you. I wish you luck in kicking this horrible addiction. Keep in touch and post how you are doing

    xxx

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      Thank you for replying. The sad thing is I did it last may then slipped up. My withdrawals are mild compared to some stories I've read. I can do it as Ive overcome a lot worse. Just wanna know if by taking them 3 tablets this morning, Ive prolonged my withdrawal as I start my new job tomorrow xxx

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      Good for you.  If you are detrmined to drop the habit then you are halfway there.

      I was  prescribed co codamol for a shoulder injury and was only taking 3 to 4 a week. Yes a week. I suffered severe headaches , sweating at night, dry eyes, anorexia, weight loss, severe depression and anxiety etc and I did not even crave the rotten things.

      I stopped taking them went cold trkey . It was the best thing I ever did.

      A neighbour of mine is prescribed co codamol for migraine. She has to go to bed all day three times a week. I tried telling her that codeine causes analgesia induced chronic migraines but she refuses to listen. It is so frustrating. Sorry to keep on and on about it.

      ​I took a tiny dose of codeine four months ago and suffered dreadfully. So the lesson I learbned is that once someone suffers at the hands of an opiate that even aa tiny dose will be detrimental. Needless to say I will never ever take that drug again . Take care. You can get through this. 

       

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      Gemma

      Just posted to Claire re withdrawal.

      ​I was advised to take magnesium as it relaxes  muscles therefore helping with the spasms caused by codeine and enhanced with withdrawal.

      You can take it orally or alternatively by spraying magnesium oil onto the skin or taking epsom salt baths.

      There are even forums and advocacy groups for magnesium now!!!!!

       

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    Getting there now. About of restless legs. Headache seems to have gone. So hopefully the cocodamol I took this morning hasn't prolonged my recovery

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      Well it's 90 hours since last full day of taking them. Seem a little better. Legs are killing but I'm trying magnesium for this. Still got bouts of diarrhoea but hopefully that will pass soon. I was a heroin addict for 7 yrs and on a methadone programme which I came off no problem cold turkey but cocodamol sucks and so does the withdrawal from it

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      You are doing really well! Keep it up hun!

      I'm starting to reduce my doseage from today, cold turkey just didn't work for me unfortunately. But I won't give up, have to get off these xxxx

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      Done beat yourself up about it, it's not easy to do this! You are going to have slip ups but just don't let them get the better of you. It's not the end of the world, and you are doing really well!

      Hope the job goes well xx

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      The codeine will cause depression etc. Theywill do nothing for the rls or pain. Absolutely nothing!!

      The mind is tricking the body into believing that you need to replenish the supply of this poison. Don't let your mind/body play tricks with you anymore. Tell yourself that when you get a headache, spasms, rls, depression it is that bloody drug that is causng this. The word causing is important.

      ?The only option is to take control by stopping taking this poison.

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