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Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500

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2014/12/08 12:06:08 (permalink)

Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500

I am still taking Pregabalin 200mg, butrans patch 10mcg and Amitriptylene 25mg.
 
But i want to give this one a go as a start.  I asked for this two years ago and was told to take it when required but I knew I was going to take it as a feel good thing to get me through my 12 hour shift.
 
Its almost two days, looking forward to see how I feel in the next few weeks.
 
Some people are actually taking 20-30 a day of this medication.
 
Anyway I will let you know how things go.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 14:18:56 (permalink)
    That is a lot of acetaminophen over a long time. How are your liver enymes?
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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 14:35:21 (permalink)
    i've been on co-codamol and tramadol for nearly 3 years (4-6 of each per day). Its hard to stop them like that...you could always ask for a lower dosage of the codeine next prescription....

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 14:42:29 (permalink)
    Id rather see how this goes. Sometimes I only took four, very rarely ever took 8.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 15:14:43 (permalink)
    I always quit cold turkey on everything I did. Usually 2wks of agony but was so worth it. I think when I quit drinking that was the worst. Shakes, foul sweat, and sleeping was miserable.
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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 15:54:55 (permalink)
    Tbh, It was my buzz in the end, as I do not like alcohol anymore and have never smoked.  I especially liked taking them before I watch a dvd or programme I like.   I tried to liken them as a safe supplement but that cannot be right.  I was due to get my next 100 friday night but had 10 left and have had 4 since Saturday evening.  What's annoying is the patch's dont work as good, it seems every 5 one if Im lucky, Dr knows that after two days I stick another on.
     
    Thing is I was arguing ( friendly though ) with my sister over this.  I was justifying at 51 I am, feel fit and well and put it down to my concoction of prescribed meds and that my sister is not qualified to tell me to stop, however one nurse in A&E when I work at the hospital said although I feel no liver, kidney pain she said once you do then the damage is done.  That was over two years ago.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 16:33:16 (permalink)
    What's wrong with you? 
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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 16:37:52 (permalink)
    Just got addicted to pain medication.  Back is a bit sore but nothing to stop me walking long distances and lifting heavy ( whats heavy to me ).  Amitriptylene is to help for sleep.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/08 17:28:21 (permalink)
    I take no meds. Just get a massage and chiropractic adjustment. Good to go.
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    Re: 2014/12/08 19:50:06 (permalink)
    I need to get my back seen to, I'm on tramadol have been for years and I can't go one day without tramadol or I'll start having withdrawal symptoms.

    I was on four a day now down to two, if my back isn't as sore on a certain day I still have to take one to stop withdrawal symptoms even though I might not need it.

    I need it most days though so I'll just take it
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    Re: 2014/12/08 20:07:24 (permalink)
    I was on tramadol. Worst drug in the world co co is a walk in the park to come of compared to tramadol
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    Re: 2014/12/08 20:50:28 (permalink)
    I feel absolutely nothing from tramadol now, no sides even if I take two at once. At first if I took one or say two at once I'd get a weird buzz off of it now nothing at all. It really just takes the edge off of things, I actually prefer codeine for pain but don't like taking paracetamol every day and the Dr won't give me codeine on its own
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    Re: 2014/12/08 21:01:39 (permalink)
    When i had a bad back due to an injury in the gym (bad squatting) i was prescribed Tramadol, while it did deaden the pain some what it made almost impossible to go the loo to do a number 2, very painful and the result was bricks in the toilet bowl.
     
    I stopped taking it after a week it was worth being in pain from the injured back then taking Tramadol.
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    Re: 2014/12/09 08:53:11 (permalink)
    I don't have that problem, when I first started taking them they made me feel sick now I only feel sick if I don't take them.
    My wife can't take them without them upsetting her stomach.

    There is a drug called diflaconic I believe it is, it has a horrendous list of potential side effects another one is naproxin both of which my mother was on until I convinced her to come off them. The diflaconic caused ulcers and left my mum in a worse off condition, there have been petitions to get the drug banned in the UK it's that bad.

    I know each drug effects everyone differently, the Dr tried me on anti depressants once and it felt like I was on speed it was a horrible feeling.

    My Dr likes to through anti depressants at me, I'm not depressed I think I have low test which I'll get checked in the summer.

    Back on subject I am going to try come off tramadol, it can't be very healthy taking it every day for the rest of my life. I've still to see an osteopath which will hopefully help.

    It was at the gym I ruined my back, velcro belt burst open during dead lift I couldn't straighten my back for weeks I was in severe pain and didn't go to the doctors like an idiot. Eventually I did and he just said slipped disc at the bottom, my Dr is a bit of a tool though he doesn't listen to a word I say
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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/09 09:03:35 (permalink)
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    I especially liked taking them before I watch a dvd or programme I like.



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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/09 10:15:03 (permalink)
    Thats annoying I would walk out of the surgery if if my gp werent paying attention and book to see someone else.  Low test, how can you get that checked, never realised that could be what's making me down.  The list of meds cant help either.

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    Re: 2014/12/09 11:06:42 (permalink)
    Just ask the Dr to check test levels, if you have low motivation and lack of energy they usually brand you as being depressed when it could be low testosterone.

    We only have one Dr in the village so it's convenient but can take almost two weeks for an appointment which is madness, he just speaks over me I tell him what I thinks wrong but he almost always shuts me down and tells me what he thinks is wrong and what I need without really listening to my problems

    Last problem I had it was clearly some kind of kidney infection, I couldn't sleep due to the pain and I couldn't move without being in agony, he gave me paracetamol and ibuprofen said I'll be fine and that was that I was away in agony with no real help. Luckily it went away after a few weeks, it could have been a tumour I can handle alot of pain but it was that bad I felt like going to A&E I told him this and he gave me what he did.

    If he does check your testosterone levels don't let him tell you there fine it's within normal range, doctors will tell u it's normal despite it being near rock bottom.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/09 11:43:34 (permalink)
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    Tbh, It was my buzz in the end, as I do not like alcohol anymore and have never smoked.  I especially liked taking them before I watch a dvd or programme I like.   I tried to liken them as a safe supplement but that cannot be right.  I was due to get my next 100 friday night but had 10 left and have had 4 since Saturday evening.  What's annoying is the patch's dont work as good, it seems every 5 one if Im lucky, Dr knows that after two days I stick another on.
     
    Thing is I was arguing ( friendly though ) with my sister over this.  I was justifying at 51 I am, feel fit and well and put it down to my concoction of prescribed meds and that my sister is not qualified to tell me to stop, however one nurse in A&E when I work at the hospital said although I feel no liver, kidney pain she said once you do then the damage is done.  That was over two years ago.

    F#ckin hell dont take any real recreational drugs, ever. You will be a complete victim!
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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/09 12:05:40 (permalink)
    Day 3 now just worry that I might just take two forgetting Ive given up.  I suppose I used them as a crutch when work was getting my down and the thought of not hardly seeing my kids so I took these to chill me out and at 51 I feel I have a right to feel good so I can function better and be useful in life.  As I said day 3 and I have no drive to do some new signs or go to the gym.  But, I am willing to give it a try but if I am feeling like **** friday night before I see my kids saturday I will take a couple.  But not too bad at the moment.

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    Re: Giving up one of my meds. Cocodamol 35/500 2014/12/09 13:15:48 (permalink)
    Addicted to pain killers. Wonder what would happen if you took some decent drugs lol.

    Joking aside. Would it not be better to do it under medical supervision. They may be able to offer advice on how to reduce side effects when coming off, such as taking anothet med or tapering down?

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