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I have been taking DHC for around 18 years, it started off with a back problem and before i knew it i was collecting a prescription for 200 per month. To start off it was Co-Codomol with 30mg of codeine but after 6 months it changed to 30mg of DHC. At my peak i was taking 18-20 30mg per day. This wasn't to get me high it was what my body asked for just to get me through the day. I have tried weaning myself off gradually but it never works. I have seen several doctors over the past 18 years and everyone had a different idea of how to get me off. Eventually i found myself getting weekly scripts for 8 per day which wasn't enough and forced me down the buying route. Luckily enough i found someone who sold me 5 boxes of 28 for £40. This cost me a fortune each month as i needed 2x loads. My last visit to the doctors i was seen by a new registrar and he said it was time i was off them and sent so many post dated scripts to my chemist at a weekly reduction of 1 tablet which would have taken me 8 weeks. Not a chance, i told him i didn't want to do that but he was adamant so i visited my pal and bought them from him for 8 weeks, i went back to the doctors and told them i wasn't off them but the same doctor said as far as the surgery was concerned i was off them. The only way i could get some more-he said- was to buy them as he wouldn't prescribe any more. This sent me in to a wild panic as my pal didn't get enough to see me through so in the end i went to see a different doctor and begged for help. She gave me enough for 5 a day and 12x 2mg of Diazapam and some Burscopan. The latter 2 are for the 17th of June where my work has given me 5 days off to come off the DHC altogether. I feel let down and now i'm going to be on my own coming off a drug i've been on for 18 years. I don't think 2mg of Diazapam is any where near strong enough but it's what i have. Anyway, i just wanted to share my story. I would have been quite happy to continue the rest of my life on these tablets that the doctors failed to inform me were so highly addictive but i know i have a big responsibility for finding myself in this position. Hopefully everything will go ok and i can save myself £80 per month and be opiate free. Thanks for reading, Chris
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