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I have recently been told the true reason for the withdrawal of Distalgesic was price and not
concern regarding side-effects. If medicines with severe side-effects were to be banned then we would have very few left on the market.
There is no doubt Distalgesic has side-effects but it is also very effective for those who tolerate it well. As it stands, those that can afford it buy abroad and the remainder continue to suffer.
I have oesteoporosis, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal cysts, spondylosis and pain from a fractured spine. Since stopping Distalgesic I have been in continuous pain. Codeine
makes me nauseous, gives me nightmares and hives and does not control the pain. The GPs attitude is 'tough luck'. There are only a couple of drugs not containing codeine available. They
both cause me nasty side effects. So I have years of life ahead that will be full of pain. What price 'Human Rights'?
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