Tonight on 48 Hours, they have a special on the epidemic , taking Painkillers, the New Epidemic. I think we all need to watch this. It comes on at 10pm in most places. Good luck to all of you who are fighting and trying/succedding in beating the addiction. These pills can get you in a day!! Don't blame yourself! Watch the show!
This is the first time I have written on a chat board about my problem, but I read with great interest that other people like myself are having the same sort of problems.
I was taking Tylenol #3 for about 2 years and got it by doctor hopping. When I could not doctor hop anymore, I found that I could get Tylenol #1 without a prescription. The codeine is a lower dose so I end up taking 3 times as much. I am taking at the moment 9 tablets every 3 1/2 to 4 hours. So another words I'm slowly killing myself! I have sought treatment and I was clean for 2 months but I then moved and started again. Is there anyone out there who can talk with me. Here in Canada we can get this without a prescription so i feel like the temptation will always be too easy so why try to quit again.
Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
I, as a 6 year perscription pill abuser would like to report an unexpected success in the area of self-treatment. I have found success in recovery with the use of clonidine. I have found that after a relapse one can actually forgoe 95% of the pain of withdrawl by careful use of clonidine. I usually will take two 0.1mg tablets before bed, leaving two additional tablets by the bedside. When withdrawl is in full effect a patient/abuser can rarely expect more than 4-5 hours of uninterupted sleep. When I wake, I quickly take the two other clonidine tablets and wait to fall back to sleep. In addition my doctor has me using the Anti-depressent/Sleep medication Trazadone. Using this method one can expect to get 6-8 hours of sleep or more. Also, by maintaining clonidine in the blood supply one tablet every 6 hours while awake will have the effects of keeping muscle spasms to almost nothing. I have found that by keeping the physical symptoms to a minimum, the focus becomes the inherent depression one feels during withdrawl. I keep my mood up by watching fun entertaining movies and eating "comfort foods". NOTE TO EVERYONE: If an patient/abuser is taking powerful doses of dangerous narcotics in large quantities this method does not help. This method is useful to pain-management patients and pill abusers that use between 1 darvocet (very weak) per day to 2 percocet (very strong) four times a day for long periods of time. This method has the best effect for patients/abusers using hydrocodone 5/500mg three times per day.
Many doctors I have spoken with feel that an abuser should feel the pain of withdrawl so they are relunctent to make the same mistake twice. I understand the logic in this, but I can't help but feel this information would benefit doctors that have patients that become addicted through no fault of there own.
Raptor you are a moron. You speak as if you wished you were some kind of experienced drug addict. Get real ass. You have so intelligently invented this complicated answer to withdrawl symptoms that doctors shouls take note of. You are an idiot, and Clonidine and Trazadone are no secret to anyone with a brain. I would love to see the day that a true pill/heroin addict got more than 4 straight hours of sleep during peak withdrawl. That will happen when pigs fly out of my ass you stupido!A person is lucky to get 2hours!!!!!! Go back to your 2 Darvocets a day. If that's all I was taking I wouldn't need anything and the withdrawl would be fine. So go take your clonidine and tradone jerkoff! Try doing 10 bags of heroin every day, and then take your little withdrawl system you have so brillantly come up with. *******. By the way dont forget to try and patent your system , you wouldn't want someone else taking th4e credit for it!
your attack on raptor was not only uncalled for, it was damned rude and uncaring- if you have constructive comments to make- than make them- otherwise no one cares to listen to your ****- i dont know how raptor feels- but if you lived close to me- and i knew who you were- i would gladly stick my boot up your butt and try to straigten your brains out- assuming you have a brain.
I need some help here. Im basically an acoholic I think.
Anyhow I also have a codeine problem. Ive been taking typlonal
1's for over 2 years now and now Ive stopped drinking and trying to stop the codeine. My question is? Ive had headaches none stop now, is it from stopping the codeine? I know your not doctors Im just worried now is all. Im just looking for some insight to my problem cause Im having a very hard time and Im very miserable and grumpy.
I just joined this site and read a post from Jan. from someone trying to withdraw from Codeine. The answer to the headache question is this. Withdrawal from Codeine causes "rebound headaches". Continuing to take the codeine for the headache will obviously not work for detoxification purposes. There are some good headache meds, unfortunally, many are addictive as well. I can recommend Ibuprofen and lots of ice packs until the headaches subside. Good luck, it's tough to go it alone.Although it's also tough to go to a 12 Step program, all research on addiction points to recovery through A.A., N.A.(Narcotics Anonymous) or at the very least, group counseling. You know, some type of emotional support. Again, good luck.
Gosh...........I never realised that I wasn't alone. I am addicted to painkillers. I take 8 nurofen plus tablets a day and feel like **** for doing it. I amnot even sure what the codine content is but I take 4 at a time. It started at 2 for the odd headache and it has reached this uncontolled level. After reading this notice board I am going to wean myself off them, cutting down by 2 at a time.
good luck to you all, any advice would be great. No one knows about this but me - help
wow i came on here to research for an assignment, but starting to worry..
since breaking it off with my boyfriend, the past few months have been absolute emotional hell, and to start i was experiencing emotional AND physical pain through feelings of guilt and self-blame, and found nurofen plus to be the right strength pain killer i needed... now these few months later im finding myself taking at least 8 a day and recognising that 3 at a time has little to no effect anymore..
my friends dont know i take that amount, no one actually does, i dont have a problem do i?
its a quick and easy way to get rid of physical pain, and also helps emotionally to a great extent as well, but i could stop if i wanted its just i dont want to...
some advice? should i stop? do i actually have a problem i should look at? coz i dont think i do
Hey everyone just wanted to say @ the end of the day Addiction is a illness - so before anyone gives anyone any stick. I work in a hospital and people obviosly are puting comments on here because they want help- If you suffer from addiction then you should be able to understand this. Drugs which act on the central nervous system are normally the ones which are highly addictive. for example Heroine, which when taken either orally, IV or smoked reaches the brain within seconds. They are all mostly pain killers. Diamorphine is actually pure heroine. Hospitals use this for people who r in agony used for a variaty of different resons including when people are having heart attacks, to aid in the releive of pain. Basically Addiction is when the body is/or becomes dependant on that drug to make the body function. That is where the withdrawral side of things comes from- you become and feel very ill, because you body isnt working properly because it relys on that drug to do so. Symtoms of a withdrawral of an addiction can be, anything from Shaking/tremors, headaches nausia(feeling sick), depression, vomiting, irrational thoughts, itching i could really go on. Anyone can become addicted to any sort of drug even caffine- Addiction can leave deverstating emotional problems- a lot of people who suffer from this ILLNESS are actually very nice people. So to anyone who thinks they can comment on people when they dont no whats happened in peoples lives. take a sec to think! Hope someone finds this a comfort or a bit of usful info- take care everyone. Andi
I am a wife and mother. My husband has a long time addiction prob. Alcohol and pills. Alcohol he kicked to the curb finally 3 years ago. The pills have proved much harder. Recently he was feeling unwell, lethargic and has lost a lot of weight. He got some blood tests done. The next day the dr rang me and told me to take him to hospital immedicately, he needed a blood transfusion ASAP. His Haemoglobin was 70 (should be around 140) and his iron level was 3 (should be around 100). After 2 units of packed cells (blood) and a bag of iron transfused, he finally admitted to dr at hospital that he has a NUROFEN PLUS addiction. He has over time (3 years) been able to build this up to 96 tabs a day. Every day. Further tests revealed that he has severe ulcerative Osphegitis, many duedenal erosions and a pyloric channel ulcer. We still are waiting further tests to reveal where all his blood is going. He has had a colonoscopy, a gastroscopy, xrays, cat scans and now waits for more blood tests and a capsule endoscopy. Why are these available over the counter, from what i have read in here...they appear to be highly addictive. My family has been thru hell in the last few weeks and now they have him on valium to help with the withdrawals. Which is yet another thing that must be monitored and managed. And yes it is me that will monitor and manage this. Yet again. There have already been arguments over how many he can have at once. As a life partner of an addict, people need to know it is damned hard on us too. We cry, we plead, we threaten and we LOVE.
I 'm addicted to tyneol 1 with codine which is availble over the counter. I went to re-hab once but they did not think I had a problem. I next went to our community addiction center they also didn't think it was a priority for them. I next went to a methadone clinic and they strongly suggested I didn't do this because it was a big commitment and didn't think I needed it. I currently take 25 tablets up to 3 times a day. I know I have a problem. I then went to my psychatrist and he gave me large doses of oxycoten. This just added to my addiction. I know I need to stop and have made this commitment but I am already having pains in my legs. I have some ativan that I took but it doesn't help the aching. This is only my first day but I determined to quit. I know to-night I will be fighting restless leg syndrome because of it. How do I deal with the withdrawals. I've been doing this for about 10 yrs now and I'm getting liver spots on my stomach. It seems no one else thinks its a real problem. I KNOW it is. Can someone please give me some advice. I cannot go to AA as I have a social anxiety issue and don't leave my home. Everyone thinks right now I am no longer taking them. I need to quit now Please give me some suggestions that can help me. I am desperate. Thank you. HL
I get that really bad and then usually end up taking T1ls because I can't stand the pain.I did ok yesterday during the day but ended up breaking down last night when my legs got aching. I wish I could just stop but I know it's more then being addicted to the codine. It is a mental addiction as well. I also get restless leg syndrome when I withdraw for even a day. It is wicked because you can't do anything but walk around for 2 hrs or so. I am going to be starting a new medication from a pain clinic that is suppose to stop that. Lyrica I believe it is called. He tried me on a trial basis but I don't go back to see him until Nov. I have tried heating pads but it doesn't help. what is nurofen plus withdrawal. I haven't heard of it before. hl
You are both (anaddictswife & hellburke) posting an old thread, from 7 years ago. It will get lost almost immediately. I don't want you to feel like no one is answering you.
Go to the bottom of this page. Hit the "back to the forum" button. When you get back to the forum, you will see a "post a question" button (up top on left). Hit that and follow the instructions. That way you will create a brand new post which will be at the top of the forum. Type exactly what you did here. You will get responses.
hello - i have been taking nurofen plus for 2 years now whilst drinking alcohol every night (more or less - sometimes stop for a week or so) - find it v. hard to stop - i use to be a heroin addict as well but kicked that but with my brother dying of cancer i needed to find a way out again - have spoken to many doctors and to tell the truth they didn't really seem to be too concerned - one of them even said that she had no idea why i have become addicted to this (maybe its the codeine...???) anyhow - i believe that the best way to stop is to keep trying - its tho as i don't tell anyone about this - am very embarassed about it and would not want to put my family through hell again ... especially after they have been through so much - also, it is soooo easy to buy them over the counter......anyway - i think i can do it but will take time...
this is a very old post. started December 12, 2001. you should scroll to the top of this page, click "back to forum" and make an original post. Copy your already typed paragraph and then paste it into your new original post to make things easier. you will probably get a better response that way.
I was addicted to Nurofen Plus. At the end I was taking over 70 tablets a day and life was hell, not only for me but also for my wife and 2 kids. I was on a rollercoaster of extreme highs and then extreme lows. I was impossible to live with or work with - I thought no one noticed but when I eventually managed to detox from the tablets, I discovered that everyone knew something was wrong with me but they didn't know what. In the end my whole life was sepnt going from pharmacy to pharmacy - I would always leave a month or 2 before returning to any pharmacy because I was afraid that I would be recognised as a regular user/abuser and would be refused the Nurofen Plus - and I didnt't want to be confronted with that shame and embarrassment (you see I didn't want to face the real honest fact that I was an addict and I didn't want to give them up). You see the reason I was taking Nurofen Plus is that I simply could not deal with reality - whenever I felt fear and anxiety, I couldn't bear that feeling and I wanted to be free of that pain IMMEDIATELY- that's the way I have always been, I wanted instant relief and life is not like that, but I couldn't (or what I really meant was that I was not WILLING) deal with life on lifes own terms - I ran for cover and cover meant pills. Soon however, the tablets became the problem themselves - the sweats, the moods and the fear of the medical problems were now the problem - the tablets were no longer the cure - THE TABLETS BECAME THE PROBLEM. I lost total interest in my family, myself (I would not wash for days and I was sweating buckets every night as my body was crying out for more CODEINE), work, friends - everything. The only thing that mattered in the end was the tablets - it was a total preoccupation for me - I went to 100's of pharmacies over time and in my daily life if I was not taking tablets, I was wondering how many tablets I had left, how long before I took the next tablets, where was I going to get the next tablets from and then travelling about the area looking for pharmacies - it became a full-time job.
If anyone can identify with what I am saying here, remember that you are not alone - people like myself do care about other people that are addicted and want to help for no other reason but for the fact that I went thru this and came out the other side - I am now off Nurofen Plus 7 months today and life has never been better - EVER !!!
If anyone wants and they feel it would help, I can tell you how I managed to kick the Nurofen Plus - just post a message here and I would only be honoured and privilaged to go thru it all with you - each day as you finally say goodbye to this and move on to a better life - its what we all are really craving for and its what we all deserve.
i have the same problem as yourself, it almost sounds like im reading my own life story, i have not taken any in 4 days, not very long i know, but you have to start some where, i am feeling a little worse for wear to put it mildly, have you any advise that could help with the withdrawal as it hurts sometimes. any help would be welcomed and taken on board
It was yesterday that I read all your comments in this forum. I already knew I had a problem. I have been taking Nurofen Plus, Panefen Plus, and Panadine Extra for about 2 years maybe even longer now, I cant even remeber how it all started. I know I used to take them for stress and pain relief, it was a good way to be able to cope with 2 young boistress boys! I usually take anywhere from 12-14 tablets a day. The first 4 straight up as soon as I roll out of bed and get in the shower. I am the same, continually hopping from chemist to chemist giving ******** stories about why I need them. I recently moved town and thats when my problem really escalated as I had all these new chemists that I'd never been to before! MY GOD IM AN ADDICT!! Yuk Im so disgusted with myself. I have a great marriage and 2 beautiful boys, a great job, nice house, nice car, but I have an addiction.
I went home yesterday and told my husband the extent of what I have been taking, and to say he was shocked was an understatement! Before I left work I took the last 5 tablets in my packet and said to myself thats enough. Luckily it made me feel quite sick!
Today is the 1st morning in a very long time that I havent had anything, its now mid morning and my body is aching all over. My back, kidneys and legs are sooo sore but I want to get through this. Cant concentrate as its all I can think about.
Wish me luck on my recovery, I want my life back....
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