in response to jamie's post about codeine addiction

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This is scary, i've been getting dihydrocodeine from my doctor for the last three years, i got there by a different route to jamie but the end esult is the same. i am getting 8 a day, am despertely trying to cut them dwon but it is a constant struggle, the temptation to take a couple more on days when i feel tired or down is very strong some days, i think i'vegot to manage with 7 a day now but progress is painfully slow. i just thought i'd stick this up here in the hope that someone out there will be able to advise me on \"techniques\" to cut down but i get the feeling i'm on my own. when i don't take them i feel so down, depressed and listless i have to drag myself into work etc. just laely i feel 've got things under control but like i say anyone with anything helpful to say or experiences to share please do



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    Hi joe graham99, I know how frustrating it is I took them for years and got no help to stop. What you have to do joe is substitute the Dihydrocodeine for another of lesser strength, it's the psychological effect that's the hardest.

    What I did was bought Paramol tb's from the chemist, thats 7.5 mgs. and 500mgs of Paracetamol, that is after you have exhausted your Dihydrocodeine. Take no more Df's but begin the Paramol taking two tablets every four hours, remember every four hours. Stop at eight a day but don't beat yourself up if you take another two to make you sleep at bedtime. Once you are accustomed to the Paramol for a week or two begin the weening process and slowly reduce. I guarantee it works I've proved it.

    Don't get another prescription for DF's you'll only slide back again, I assure you of that. The Paramol tb's come in packets of 12, 24, 32, get the 32 packet, about £5. The Paramol are much easier to come off than the Pure 30mg Dihydrocodeine and are a good substitute.

    Keep to the advice joe and it will work. If you become 'unstuck' drop me a blog on this site.

    All the best. Ron.

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    hI Ron,

    Many thanks for your response. Do you really think i could manage this ? it seems a large cut down to me. i take (at the mo) 5 dfs to get me going in the morning and a further 2-3 later on if i start feeling the aches and tiredness which i always assume mean i'm starting to withdraw; i'm sure a big part of my problem is psychological, but i'm not sur if i could take the drop from 150 mgs to 15 every 4 hours do you think i could? If so this would be a boon for me. my doc reckons the only way to come off is to reduce slowly, but if this worked for you i might try it. Anyway Ron, many thanks for taking the time to reply.

    thanks for now


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    Hi Joe, Glad your giving it a go it's great at least you can always say you tried. Unfortunately, and this is the 'stinker' you cant get away with NO withdrawal symptoms no matter what you try. There are tranquilizers on the doctors books to help you but its hard to say he would take this line.

    If need be Joe in the morning instead of taking five DF's try enough Paramol to quell the craving and choose what your relaxed with. To make yourself ill with Paramol you'd have to consume a 'fair' amount,so your safe there. But try and go at it with your interests at heart, if that makes sense, nobody else can do it.

    Its a sod Joe but a lot of people have been there and beaten it and so can you.

    All the best, Ron.

    PS Let me know how you do...

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    Actually there is a drug that can almost eliminate the withdrawal symptoms its called [b:05b93af440]Subutex[/b:05b93af440] (Buprenorphine) smile Anyway Ive witnessed its effects and theyre remarkable, you can be off DHC within a day smile Err but then theres the problem of getting off the Subutex :oops: :?
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