I'm scared,embarrassed and addicted to over the counter codeine pills(paramol and neurofen+). I need help. This is where I start. Anybody with any info regarding stopping this life ruining drug,please forward. Many thanks. (i never thought I'd even get around to doing this... here goes..)
Do not be embarrassed, you have come to the right place to get help with this problem. There are many supportive people here, who have or are going through what you have been through. If you want to taper off the pills, you can avoid most of the withdrawals. I can help you with a taper schedule. otherwise you have the option of cold turkey and will have to deal with the withdrawals for around a week. You can google the Thomas recipe for some over the counter remedies to help the withdrawals. It recommends getting a benzodiazepine, but while that maybe helpful, it isn't a must.
Remember you are not alone and you can do this. I have helped a quite a few and am very willing to help you so keep on posting.
well u have taught me something i did not think you could get any kind of codeine otc? but you are in the right place.. I just came off oxycodone and its been a hard 3 weeks.. i had to quit cold turkey and it makes u so sick.. i could not afford the thomas remedy or suboxone.. however if u are able speak with a physician it helps to have a taper schedule and a plan.. keep posting chin up it gets easier..once your done being sick you will feel much better..again i urge you to speak with a doctor..drink lots of fluids and buy some imodium ..best wishes
Thanks,that helps. If u could assist with a taper plan,that would be great. Iv tried cold turkey but iv got myself into a situation where I'm hiding this from everyone,my wife,kids... everyone! I can do this but the withdrawals need to be less obvious..the one thing I will need help with is the leg restlessness! Would u have any tips please? Thanks for listening.
I will gladly give you a taper schedule but I first need to know what strength and how many pills a day you are use to taking. If you could post that info, I'll send you a taper schedule. As far as the restless leg, the only home remedies are hot baths and massage. I know that is not the answer you might have wanted but it is the best answer I can give. Please post or private message me with the information and I'll send you a taper schedule.
I no this may sound a little crazy or wierd... but for ur restless leg sydrome u may have trouble with... the best things i found, was this olf fasjhion home remady... simply buy urself a bar of Ivry soap, open it up, put that under ur fitted sheets in ur bed down by your feet... and u mite just be suprized that it would help. I have suggested this to a few other friends and family members, they were shicked and happy as well bc of agood nights rest they had for the first time in a long time... Hope at the least, this helps a little. Its atleast a tiny suggestion. Hope u get ur taper plan started, and get urself that thomas recipe for self detox... im shure u will get a lot of response and comments of concerns. there are so many nice, loveing and careing people on here always willing to help in every way possible. Your doing the right thing, by starting to realize u may need help, again, you are def in the right website as well... Please keep us all posted as much as u can... take care, be well and stay safe... Peace...
Feeling a bit sorry for myself today, I keep thinking about the harm I'm causing to my family,friends and myself. I know iv noone to blame for this but myself and I'm on a road to a better life but still,there's nothing positive about being an addict! Just wanted to ramble on for a small while. Together we stand proud tho.
I had a codeine addiction for 6 years. It was horrible. I tried cold turkey a couple times which resulted in the worst withdrawals. Flu like symptoms, diarhoea, shaking, sweats, buzzing tingling sensation, restless legs, nausea (the nausea was the wrost for me)
But there is hope you can get through this.
I havnt been off codeine for long yet. Almost a month now. But that is the longest I have gone without it for 6 years.
I cut down my doses by tapering for 6 weeks. I did this really slowly. I was taking about 300-500mg a day so I did it really really slowy but once I got rid of my panadeine forte 30mg per tab I cut down eventually to four 12.8mg tablets a day and went c/t from there. Try cutting half a tablet every four days.
OK so here are some things that helped me when I went cold turkey.
Dont make plans except to withdraw. If you need to work stop taking your last tablet on say a Thursday night or friday morning so you wont start bad withdrawals until the weekend.
Just accept that you wont get much sleep for a week,
Try pacing when you feel nausea: I would pace for hours
Write out a chart and cross off the hours as you go - withdrawal peaks between 48 and 72 hours so once thats done with you are through the worst of it. Once you hit 96 hours you should start to feel yourself again.
Immodium or gastro stop for the diarhoea
Cough syrup with NO CODEINE with dextromethorphan for the weird flu shakes etc (works for some people)
Try Gaviscon and herbal anti nausea meds to help with your unsettled tummy and know that the withdrawals WILL end. It just takes time. It will take you about 2 weeks to feel happy and yourself again.
I hope this helps.
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