Just interested, how you getting along. Drug free?. I hope so. Perception is a handy tool is something I found helpful. I send all of us belief in yourself and the thought that being in a battle with yourself is pointless. You don't need luck when you believe in yourself. It's a juggernaught of a system and unconditional trust is dumb. Onwardmarcher.
UK, up to 32 tabs of 12.8/500 a day.
Thank you all so much for sharing, I hope to put the useful tips to good use and, although I’m not going to be this optimistic in a day or so, I hope to be free of this 7 year addiction.
I came off the slowly as recommended by my doctor
And I have not had any for three days now and all you read on her I have had it’s been so hard. But I know it will be all Worth it
I was put on them when I had a hip replacement that went wrong and left me in pain. I was taking 8 tablets 30/500g a day
If you set your mind about it you will do it. Not going to say it is easy but read everything on here and lots of tips
And has really helped me best of luck
Hi... as this thread stoped?? So heartwarming and comforting to read abt all ur story's.. I'm currently on day 4 of cold turkey and to be fair its manageable n I wer takin 40 plus a day for 5 month. Did ave a relapse 6 month ago coz of how east they r to obtain but that issue as been sorted and this will be the last time a go threw this. Hope u all found price n got rid of thes demon pills Malcolm xx
I can tell you how I quit and perhaps this method will work for you,
Firstly I set it in my head that I would quit. You need to want to quit. The problem arises when you start to get the ill effects of withdrawal. So I prepared myself for this.
Remember I was taking 5 x 30/500 in one go 9 times per day!
What I did was this:
1. Set the date in my head when I was going to stop.
2. Plan How I would attempt it.
Once I had the date set in my head Which was about a week away. I made appropriate arrangements to get enough pills to see me through from start to finish. I had worked out roughly how many boxes of 100 tablets I would need. Which was about 3 boxes. These 3 boxes would normally last me 1 week. I also stocked up on anti diarrea tablets. Without th anti diarrea tablets you will definitely not manage my method. So these are a must.
After researching things I discovered that although possible to go Cold Turkey it would not be the right way for me and would be the hardest way for most people. Going Cold Turkey is like an extreme prolonged does of the worst Influenza you can imagine. The easiest way is gradual reduction of consumption and also to extend the period of time between doses.
Codeine has quite a short half life so the body doesn’t hold onto it for too long. Maybe a few days at most. However Withdrawal for me started very quickly. I was used to taking mines every couple of hours. If my body wasn’t fed the codeine then it would soon let me know. Initial withdrawal in the first hour etc is quite mild and nothing more than a nagging feeling and the urge that you need to take more.
Imagine Codeine is a MONSTER – which it is. The Monster needs to be fed or it gets nasty and angry. You need to gain control over the monster and become its master.
I didn’t set myself any hard and fast rules on how long i would set. But I had an idea that I could be free completely within 3 weeks without suffering any major symptoms.
So it was quite simply setting the date then beginning the process, and carrying on with my life as per usual. If you go Cold Turkey you will be bed bound – except for frequent rushes to the toilet.
Day 1 - Dose 1 – I took my normal dose of 5 x 30/500 when I woke up. At this point your body is most in need as it has gone all night without.
Day 1 –Dose 2 – Once the craving for coding kicked in I held of taking the dose until I couldn’t wait any longer. This was around 30 minutes. At this point I took 1 anti diarrea tablet and 4 x 30/500
Day 1 – Dose 3 – Same as dose 2 – remember to wait as long as you can before giving in. Dont be hard on yourself too much if you only add 10 minutes instead of half an hour.
Day 1 Dose 4 Same as dose 3
Day 1 Dose 5 Same as above and so were the other 4 doses for that day.
Day 2 and 3 I continued as above but added an extra anti diarrea tablet as and when required. By day 3 i only required 7 doses as opposed to 9.
Day 4 – Dose 1 to 6 – reduced to 3 x 30/500 and regular 2 x doses of anti diarrea tablets as and when required. Remember only to feed the monster when he is starving and you just cant wait any longer.
Day 5 Same as day 4
Day 6 reduced the dosages from 6 to 5 times per day
Day 7 reduced the dosage from 3 x 30/50 to 2.5 5 times per day
Day 8 same as day 7
Day 9 reduced dosages to 4 times per day
Day 10 and 11 same as day 9.
Day 12 reduced dosage to 2 x 30/500 4 times per day.
For the next few days until day 15 i stayed on 2 x 30/500 4 times per day
Day 16 reduced dosage to 2 x 30/500 3 times per day
Day 17 reduced dosage to 1.5 x 30/500 3 times per day
Day 18 same as day 17
Day 19 reduced to 1 x 30/500 3 times per day
Day 20 reduced to 1 x 30/500 2 times per day
Day 21 reduced to 0.5 x 30/500 2 times per day
Day 22 same as day 21
Day 23 0.5 1 times per day
Day 24 0.25 1 times per day
Day 25 – completely free of taking codeine
So that is how i managed. I have to say it wasn’t a cakewalk. The biggest issue I had was gauging the diarrea tablets. And afterwards needed to gradually reduce the diarrea tablets over the next week. Eventually after around 4 weeks my bowel movements became normal again.
I hope this helps you.