Codeine addiction and withdrawal

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Hi all i have been a codeine addict for 4 years now all started with a simple back injury at home a trip to the doctors and cocodmil 30/500 priscribed.

After a few week/couple month my back was better so stopped taking them I can't remember if i felt ill because I didn't know the dangers or about addiction at this time but my back went again so yet again doctor gave me these tablets 100 of them. I was on these for 3/4 month when I stopped I felt horrible sweats.rls.cant sleep all the withdrawal things so I took 2 tablets with in half hr I felt fine that's when I hit Google and found out the truth about these tablets.

Since then I have been taking them no more than 12 a day still a lot I know.

Anyway for a codeine addict like me 12 tablets over 4 years how do I approach the withdrawal.

Please help me get off these I have already tries taper plan and failed.

Thanks x

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    Sorry to hear this Lana. Have you approached any Organisation to help you?
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      Yes I went to my doctor who send me packing to the drug alcohol team who wanted to put me on suboxone and that was a no no but it wasn't straight forward was at least a month before I could get on it.

      Also went to go who wanted me to cold turkey which I tried an failed I have tried everything I'm so desperate x

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    Hi lena I would suggest reducing one tablet at a time whenever you feel able. You shouldn't really notice it much till you get to about four a day. Pregabalin for a short period of two weeks max when you do stop. Then keep active and occupied and get as much exercise as you can. Get involved in something to keep your mind from thinking about pills and to prevent you dwelling on withdrawals.

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      If only used for two weeks it shouldn't be a problem. It worked for me and got me through the worst of withdrawals. It is about damage limitation in my view. Plus I didn't find pregabalin pleasurable in the way I did find codeine. The pregabalin just took away the worst of withdrawals. Obviously if taken for longer they have like any drug the potential for dependency. However I really can't see why anyone would carry on taking them.

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      I trained as a nurse and have found that a lot of drugs cause so many problems. The answer is to prescribe another drug which inevitably causes even more problems than the original drug!

      Pregabelin/Lyrica  prescribed for my epilepsy caused cortical myoclonus in myself after only  three weeks at 25 mgms a day. One tablet is enoughto cause serious side effects.

      My neurologist actuallyspoke to me again this drug this afternoon recalling the reaction I had to it.

      I have researched this drug at length and yet I did not know unitl an A and E consultant told me that pregabelin can cause Long qt syndrome.

      Horrific. The processs of withdrawal is very unpleasant but trust me not half as unpleasant as having cortical myoclonus etc.

      If you contactthe manufacturers of this drug and requesta FULL data sheet they have to send it. Alternatively youcan check online withth MHRA about the side effects of this nasty drug.

       

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      It is a drug used as an anti-convulsant as well as for neuropathic pain and generalised anxiety disorder. It has been used successfully for alcohol and opiate withdrawals. Ask your GP to prescribe it for a maximum of two weeks. I would suggest 75mg x twice daily or as required. I recommend waiting until you stop the codeine completely before taking as it just makes the withdrawals more bearable.
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      Jane obviously you have had bad experiences on this drug. However I would suggest that that is related to your other medical conditions. Pregabalin helped me get through the withdrawals from codeine and as I only took it for under two weeks I did not suffer withdrawals. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to come off opiates.
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      Hi John Drs usually prescribee a low dose of pregabelin then sre how the patient gets on, if necessary the dose may be increased.

       feel it best for the op to dvise on specific dosss .

      Take care

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      Pregabelin is prescibed in various doses depending on the nature of the condition being treated and bearing in mind the patients medical history, other drugs and supplements they may be taking.

      The objective is to try the smallest dose first then if necessary to increase the dose accordingly.

       

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