Hello, I have finally realised after 7 years I have a huge problem with codeine. I think driving around looking for a pharmicist late at night and knowing all the pharmacies in my area and their opening times has made me realise this. Anyway, long story short, I started taking it for migraines, I suffer terribly with them but started taking more and more and then when I didnt have one. I am a lawyer and it has got worse this year until finally I am taking 3 months off to sort myself out. I was taking 16 to 24 8mg codeine/paracetamol tablets a day. I have got it down to 10 on saturday, 8 on sunday and so far I have had 3 today (its only 10am!). I do feel sick, headachey but I bought some sumatriptan and ibuprofen in case I get migraine or headache. I find if I dont take 3 or 4 as soon as I wake up I get a crippling migraine so I am reluctant to stop these now, but I am limiting it to 3 in the morning. I cant go cold turkey it makes me so ill with a migraine that Id just break and take 6! Im hoping if I take 2 or 3 more later on this pm then i can struggle on to the evening and just go to bed early. I might stick to 7 today and 7 tomorrow then 6 and so on. Is this a good way to do it? I feel dreadful already but if I get it down to 4 a day for a while I might be able to get it down to 1 right? Then nothing! I will be free of this awful thing. Any advice and help would be grateful, I dont know how but no one in my family knows or has twigged!

Lucy