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co-codamol

hi,

i dont know where to start so ill just say it, ive been taking co codamol (up to 35 a day) for a while now and im wanting to stop now!!!! i stopped or a while and felt really good about it but was getting upset stoamch where i couldnt keep off the toilet, restless legs couldnt sleep shivers, flu symptoms no energy so started taking them again stupidly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  i need to stop it now so i wondered would anybody know how long them side effects last? i do work cant really take time off.

Thank you for your time
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we dont really have this med in the states. So sorry for your situation.  I'm sure someone can give advise on your situation.

Good Luck!
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You have to stop taking that acetaminophen because it will destroy the liver.If your mind is made up to stop you will have to suffer some of the withdrawal.On the side of this page is the Thomas recipe and amino acid protocol.I would suggest trying those.You will need b12 1000mcg,vit d 1000u,Omegas and antioxidant vitamins with zinc to help you thru.Rebound pain can be treated with ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen(paracetamol).Restless legs can be treated with epsom salt soaks or muscle relaxants.If you feel the compulsion to take a pill take B6 25mg or vit c 250mg,or B12 250mg each time and these vitamins will be good for you and you will be with recommended doses.You will find the withdrawal pain will subside and you will not need the codeine any more.Nytol helps sleep.The worst takes about 4 to 7 days.Get immodium and gatorade.Good luck and post
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PS You have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Thomas recipe or amino acid protocol.You really have to have the desire to fight this enemy and beat it.Just keep in mind that the enemy can be defeated,but you can not.
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hi everyone who reads this,

Tomorrow i start my new life with NO pain killers got all my vitamins and bottles of radox just need some luck and hope i do it this time im scared but I WILL do it :-) i wont be beaten this time.
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hey

im sure you can do it, your in the same boat as me im on my 8 day without pain killers and now i feel fine, but now im on the hard part to try and stay clean this time maybe this is 4th time lucky for me so if you got any question don't be scared to asks me.

JC1981
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1108251_tn?1305194646
hiya,

thank you so much im scared tho its the upset stomach not been able to sleep and aching legs that done my head in last time couldnt cope in the night but its now or never if i dont do it now i never will. your doing great i cant imagine me in 3 days never mind 8.
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this is driving me mad and its only day one but i wont give in feel hot restless legs are driving me mad and have back ache i will not give in!!!!!
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dons..if you really want to succeed,you have to be ready to fight a battle and arm yourself with some armour to help the fight.B12 1000mcg daily,omegas,vitamin d1000U,antioxidants with zinc daily.I am afraid with all the paracetamol you have taken if your liver is ok,but if it is you have to take something for the pain or you will give in.If liver os ok take 1000mg paracetamol every 4 hours max 4000mg/24hours and ibuprofen 400mg 1 or 2 every 4 hours max 2400mg for a few days to deal with the rebound pain.These doses should only be for a short time and after the rebound pain subsides you will probably only need occasional tylenol or ibuprofenIF You can get robaxacet extra strength,take 2 of those at night instead of the extra str paracetamol for restless legs.It contains a muscle relaxant and often helps.for sleep sometimes benadryl or doxylamine which are antihistamines will cause drowsiness.Epsom salt baths are great for relaxing and getting magnesium into the body.Keep trying and posting AND GOOD LUCK.
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i got 5 hours sleep which is loads more than i thought i would thats a good thing, another good thing is i woke up this morning not feeling drowsy from the pain killers the worst thing at the min is i cant keep off the toilet so took some imodium (immodium)!!! its so easy to think oh im just gonna give in but ive done one full day i can do rest of my life i know i can and i will.
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Just keep a positive attitude and know that with each passing day it will get better! Be sure you are pushing the fluids, eating healthy, and exercising. I know it seems impossible to muster up the energy to do so, but force yourself. It make a world of difference and really speeds up the whole process.
Take each day minute by minute. Try and pick up some hobbies so you keep your mind occupied. You don't want to just lay around and dwell on the symptoms. Do a puzzle, read a book, watch some funny movies, etc. Just anything to keep busy.
Stay strong and tell yourself constantly that failing is not a option. Stay strong and before long this will all be a distant memory. Hang in there and best of luck!
Brian
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thank you so much, im off to work soon so be busy there i will do this i wont be beaten.
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Im addicted to co-codomol take a mixture of 40 tablets a day (30/500 & 8/500) also started stealing a relatives methadone 10 ml a day-Im on day 8 of "cold turkey" and it has been the hardest 8 days of my life-I just want some advice if ANYONE has got any Im fighting the demons in my head now and im finding it increasingley hard to function as I used to without the drugs-im on sick and stay in all day with panic attacks and thoughts of getting my hands on something to relax me-do I need professional help-Im a working mum of two and no-one but my doctors knows this I feel like I have an evil twin a complete double life and I have to hide my real feeling as the shame would be 2 much to bear. I can't even answer the phone
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hi

well im now 12 days clean from taken pain killers so i know how u feel but trust me it will get better, after day 5 or 6 i felt a hell alot better than i did before but you have to stick into it and not give up, what i did was take long hot baths with radoxs i also told my doctor he give me tablets to relax me which have worked alot so thats another way to go, im also going to see a counselor to talk about my problems so i don't go to the way i was before, but as i said im on day 12 of cold turkey and the only thing wrong with me is that i got the cold.

so all i can say is stick in there and if you got any question don't be scared to asks me

JC1981
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Thank you JC1981

I do feel more energetic than I have done in such a long time, and the physical pain is over-its just the mental side-but my doctors has now wrote off to a psychiatrist so Im going there Monday to talk about why I ended up in this mess in the first place

I think the thing that scares me most is that this will be with me forever. I never thought for one moment that I would become addicted even when my body ached for the drugs I shrugged it off as just flu-even though the pain went away as soon as I had my next fix.
The one thing I am ashamed of is that I actually miss the feeling, life can sometimes be that much easier when your numb - now i have to face up to my problems clean. But I will do this - I feel like ive been asleep for a long time! and my sex drive is coming back!!! its a miracle
good luck
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yeah i miss the feeling of pain killers aswell i get it everyday and i know were to get the pain killers but i keep sayin to myself no don't go back there, yeah your sex drive does come back :)
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Its strange to miss something that has caused me so much pain-I can be talking to someone and it will just pop into my head how I would like to just feel that warmness one more time-this will be the hardest thing for me to overcome, but ive never been more determined in my life
looking back on the person I became and how i isolated my self will get me through it

Heres to a Happy Christmas drug free!
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ema..to be a success you have to make yourself stop thinking about missing the buzz or high.Just put it out of your mind.That stuff has no place in your present or future life and if you make up your mind to look after the present the future will look after itself.I remember when I quit smoking there were urges but I made up my mind that they would not stay and they left quickly.Now 26 years later there are no urges to smoke at all.I also gave up codeine almost 3 months ago and used the same mindset and have no urge for it because my life is better without it.I remember inj the first few days being a bit dissappointed that I would no longer have this buzz to look forward to but decided that I was not interested in the buzz and my life was quite good without it and I do not miss it at all.Mind over matter.
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Im glad im not the only one who has had these feelings, I actually can't believe how many people are in the same situation its crazy
im glad im off to speak to someone I need to clear my head and get on with my life
im starting back at the gym nxt week and hopefully will be able to socialise with my friends again and maybe pick up the phone and call them i kinda slipped off the radar

thanx for all your advice such a comfort to know im not alone
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yeah a christmas drugs free for the first time in 10 years
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10 years is such a long time, ive struggled with 2.5 years
I wish you loads of luck x
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thanks but the first thing i need to get done is to get my liver back to normal which will take time, i wouldn't rush right back into fitness i would take your time because i rush myself back into fitness and nearly passed out in a swimming pool that was only 3 days into cold turkey, but after 11 days i went back to football training yesturday and felt ok but i was very tired afterwords and fell asleep right away but thats up to you but everybody different x
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hiya,

well i had a really bad day yesterday but today i dnt feel to bad actually its just the thought of that warm feeling BUT i havent give in even tho its taking all i have to not give in done it now and gonna keep doing it my legs tho are driving me menatl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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hey

have you seen your doctor to give you something to relax because thats what i did and my tablets run out tomorrow and they worked wonders for my legs and also i can get a good sleep at night.
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I hope your ok?

It never occured to me about the damage inside even when the doctor gave me a stern telling off-im awaiting blood test but i must say ive had no symptoms to suggest anything is amiss its the paracetamol content that is the worry
ill try not to rush into fitness, its just something I used to enjoyed but it went out the window with the rest of my life-i suppose i crave normality
one of my hurdles is the depression I suffer already ive been on antidepressants since I was 17 Im now 29-the past few years they don't seem to be helping me but i think its the drugs that clashed with them plus i missed some doses when i began using methadone
i wish i could stop taking them but i suffer terrifying hallucinations at night
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yeah i should be fine, i got one of my bloods test back last thursday that was the one that said my liver was large or high canna remember but i to get blood taken again in feb, then on monday i got my other bloods test back and got put on folic acid tablets, to take them for 2 months then get blood taken again,
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no not seen my doctor just gonna do it done 3 days can do the rest im so pleased you have got this far how do you feel now?
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well done on 3 days clean i knew you could do it , yeah it's the best thing to do is see your doctor and get the right help.

i feel alright now, legs are now rested no more backache, no more sore heads, can sleep well at night now but the only problem i've got is my liver still but that should be fine in a few months maybe after new year.
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i feel awful today!!!!!! could really really give in very easy!!!!!
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but thats one thing you don't wanna do is give up then you will be right back to the start again this is day 4 now for you and trust me after day 5 and 6 u will feel alot better, the withdraws would be going away but the only thing you need to do is get a good night sleep but as i said everything get better after day 5 or 6,
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its going to get better i know and i cant give in now done it all on my own with help off you and this site. my head is aching today tho
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I just wanted to ask anyones advice, work are calling me asking if they can help in anyway-should I be honest and tell them the truth?? Im scared Ill be judged or sacked
Im due back in Monday

Well done everyone day 9 for me feel so energetic but must say have an headache
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hi my sister is a co codamol addict she been cold turkey for 3 days now ive seen the affect so far she keeps asking for some i am refusing to give her any she wants to know how long will she crave them for she has them on repeat but i am trying my hardest to convince her the temptation is too much please some one help me with something positive to tell her she had got 3 kids and am worried for her life thanks everyone x x
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I am just looking into this as my partner is coming off codeine gradually and want to help him through it. I just want to say good luck to you all and I think you are all trying to do a good thing. My partner has been weaning himself and although has felt a bit restless etc he's getting through it. Maybe some of you could consider doing this if you haven't already managed cold turkey.
      I willbe stocking up on the vitamins recommened on here to help hime through and getting some nytol as sleep seems to be the hardest part for him.
     Good luck to all again. x
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I have been having co codamol for the last 2 months because of an operation and I've become addicted to them I had become addicted to them years ago and I have been free of them for 6 months and now I've had the operation and the Dr gave me co codamol and was an idiot and went ahead and took them thinking I would not get side effects but I'm crying with panic attacks huge anxiety been off them now for 24hrs and I am going through hell I don't know if I'll be able to cope can someone enlighten me on this please  I am in the thick of it and I want to die rather than feel this way
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