I need support... Help ?
- 1 Feb 2010 by annpan
- 1 Nov 2011
- codeine, codeine/pheniramine/phenylephrine/sodium citrate
Can anyone help please. I just relised recently that I was addicted to Codeine which my Doctor has been prescribing then for 3 years. I am on 28 pills per day and each one is 30mg. I went to my doctor and told him I thought I maybe addicted to them, as I tried to stop taking them and became very ill on the second day off... never experienced anything quite as bad in my life.
So come this Thursday I will be starting on Methadone or Suboxone, not quite sure which one yet. I ahve been reading up on the difference's between the two, I think Suboxine sounds the best for me, however I have no idae what I am talking about when it comes to drugs legal or illegal. Can anyone give me their opinions and feedback. I have very little support, apart from my husband. I started taking this drug for carpal tunnel syndrome and three years later I am stuck in the middle of this nightmare they call opiate addiction. Please tell me someone out there is going to support me and keep in touch, as I am really dont know how much I cn take of this life with or without Codeine. When the dovctor cuts me off this thursday from the codeine That's it, I would not know any other way to get them, so I am terrified it all goes wrong.
Please take 5 mins out your day, I thank you if you reply.
Annpan (United Kingdom)
I prefer to know a person's age when I have to advise one of these? I also would like to know if you have a chronic pain problems? I'll be back.
ann, I can only be here to support you and talk or listen and be a friend. There are ppl on here who have been thru this and will help you. Please answer Thor's question, so he can start helping you. Von
Dear Ann... fret not dear... it will be ok. From the little info that I have read here from u... and I do think it IS enough... so here goes... I think thatnif you have only been on codeine that methadone IS NOT something that you should try. It has it's own inherent problems and is usually used for hard core addicts... I may get a little flack from saying this here but this is what I believe. If I were you... or if you were a friend or member of my family I would strongly suggest that you get on suboxone. The other alternative would be to use whatnis called the Thomas recipe (you can google it) to help u slowly wean down from the codeine. If you choose not to wean slowly down from the codeine I would highly suggest suboxone. You would probably only need 2 mg. You need to go to a suboxone doc of which you can find one from the suboxone website. You enter your zip code and then a list of docs will appear that are in your area.
So hive one of those docs a call and then make an appointment to see him/her. They will instruct you what you need to do before going in... I.e., you need to be n about 12-24 hrs of withdrawal before starting the sub.
Suboxone is soon becoming the gold standard in treating opiate addiction. It allows your brain to heal and get rid of all those extra receptor sites which were formed during opiate usage... so, in time, when you wean yourself down from the suboxone your brain will have the normal amount of opiate receptor sites. It is well known that many sub doctors start patients on way too high amounts of suboxone. I would not let him give you any more than 2 mg... that is plenty. You can go to Robert_325 and read his recommended suboxone induction.
After being on suboxone for a while... you and your doc will choose this time period... you will then start weaning down... and you will need to wean. Suboxone is an opiate... it does not cause the brain to form extra receptor sites so u will never have to go up on the dose to achieve the same effect as with other opiates like the codeine u have been on. Nonetheless, u will still need to wean off of it to prevent withdrawals.
You can read Pattishans profile to see how she weaned. She is really the most knowledgeable on suboxone weaning... as long as u follow that plan you should be fine. I would go ahead and friend her, me (), Robert, Cetteferge, jillyninnie, LaurieShay, and Coby, and sweet lemon... all are either on or have been on suboxone except for Sweet lemon... but all these folks will also be able to help you. Also, a fairly new member called amber wish will also be of big help. So dear u r not alone. So go ahead and find ansub doc, get yourself an appointment and get started and then come back here and we will all help you..OK... does that sound like something you might like to do?? I really think you will have an easier road than many of us because you have not been onnthat much.
Oh... OMT... suboxone also quells the cravings for opiates and gives you NO high...
So my dear, do all of this and then come back and we will help you.
I hope this post has helped you. If you have anymore questions please come back and someone will be on here to help.
God Bless you dear... i will pray for your strength in doing this.
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