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Old 02-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to expect when stopping codeine?


Hi,
I have today decided to stop taking codeine.
I have been taking a minimum of 300mg every day for about 13 months.
I took my last 10 tablets at 12pm last night. Just wondering when I should expect withdrawal symptoms to start, and exactly what symptoms to expect.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
I am feeling very scared and anxious

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!

I'm glad you've decided to stop using codeine. Others will be along who can give you more advice, but I know that you can get through this.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i can only speak for myself, obviously. i'm sure things are different from person to person. but in my experience...i had terrible shakes. i had trouble sleeping, yet was sleepy. i was sick to my stomach all the time. cold sweats. it was a very rough 5 days. after day 5 i felt 10x better. i missed it for awhile, but always remembered how sucky the withdrawals were.

please PLEASE see a doctor if you need to detox. it is the safest bet. i did it on my own, but i was foolish.

congrats on your decision to quit. don't give up! i know you can do this.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Opiate withdrawal isn't pleasant. Codeine is far from the hardest opiate to kick but it will be unpleasant - really peeking your misery in about 12-24 hours after your last dosage. This is't medical advice. This is what I did while in opiate withdrawal which is rarely dangerous or fatal. Bundle up, get movies, sip chicken broth, take hot baths and showers, sip ginger ale and juice to hydrate or popsicels, use tiger balm and heating pads for sore and achy muscles. Stay away from caffiene. Go on gentle walks to detox. Just make yourself comfortable as possible and you won't want to be social at all. You'll feel like you have the flu for a bit.

And then as soon as possible or tonight if withdrawals aren't intolerable yet (and they might not be!) get to an AA or NA meeting. Just sit and listen and ask for the book and maybe a phone number or two. Just walk up and say, Want to exchange phone numbers? People want to. It's not weird at all. And they are of great use to you right now - because they have been where you are.

Getting sober is fairly simple but staying sober so you never have this fear and dependence again will take some work that you will be able to do by just gently pushing yourself in the right direction.

Pray.

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I would taper.
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Thank you so much for the advice.
I am not really noticing anything yet, so just keeping busy.
I have only just told my fiancÚ what is going on, and he is being surprisingly supportive. I was worred what his reaction would be, but having him here, being so understanding is helping my anxiety a lot.
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Glad you are doing well tonight and that your fiance is supporting you. Please check in tomorrow or whenever and let us know how you are doing.
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I think it is great you have the support of your fiance. That's important!!

I agree that opiate withdrawal isn't pleasant but it's doable!!

Hot baths felt sooooo good. I detoxed from methadone and it was really bad for a long time. Yours won't be anything like that.

Drink plenty of fluids, eat as healthy as possible, get plenty of rest and keep your mind busy!!=)

You can do this!!=)
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I am starting to have really bad muscle pain and cramps.
I am having a mild panic attack at the moment and not sure how to calm down, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If this is just the start, I'm not sure i am mentally strong enough for this.
I feel so alone and scared I'm freaking out............
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Can you speak with a doctor about proper withdrawal?
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Best to speak to your doctor as others have said.

It took me about 2 weeks to be over it. That's seems the norm reading others posts. The restless legs when trying to get off to sleep were the killer for me. As said, baths are good. I lived in the bath.

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I agree that a doctors appointment would be a great idea!!

During my detox, i had alot of anxiety and my doctor helped me with short term meds to get me over the hump.

Give them a call
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You are mentally strong enough to deal with it. Call the NA or AA support line and see if someone there can talk with you. Help you know that you are strong enough. You lived without codeine before and you can again. The withdrawals are not fatal or dangerous. Just very unpleasant. You will feel better without this misreable drug one day. I promise. My thoughts and prayers are with you..................
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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