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I have been prescribed codeine for over a year for lower back pain, and believe that I have become dependent on them. I restrict my does to only 2 x 2 30mg tablets in the evening as I know that they are addictive. So in real terms I am probably just a baby addict and have nothing to worry about. In my own mind I know that I am dependent as I can't wait to sit down and take my lot of tablets. I then feel good in myself and even positive for once! I am also on antidepressant which don't make much of a difference. Recently I have had a lot of weird symptoms during the day, pain, irritability, overexcitability, nervousness, tension, crying etc which makes me wonder whether the codeine is wearing off and I need my next lot of tablets. Also I have been wondering where to get a secret stash of codeine from in case my GP suddenly decides not to give me any more. So far I haven't given in but have broken down with suicidal thoughts again. Am due to see the psychiatrist next week. I am worried about the dependency and sometime try to only take 3 tablets but then I feel REALLY rough the next day and i am back on 4, wishing I would take more, stopping myself because i am worried about becoming even more addicted. Viscious circle and I am fed up with it now. Do you all think that I am dependent or am I making a meal of it? Please help, thank you!
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