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Old 09-05-2017, 03:21 PM
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Alcohol v Opiate withdrawal

I was a binge drinker for about 15 years, usually a few days and nights of extremely heavy drinking, then horrible withdrawals. The binges were getting longer and closer together, the withdrawals more severe before I finally kicked the drink. My other addiction is solphedine max, taken it every day for 25 years, just over the counter stuff. About 100mg of codeine a day. I have tried countless times to kick these tablets as the paracetamol in them is more damaging than the codeine. Thing is, I know it's only a comparatively small dose of codeine but the restless legs and sleeplessness gets to me. Does anyone know how long these last? I know the worst drink withdrawals lasted about 2 days then eased off, but I think I am a bit afraid to be without my solphedene max as I have taken them for comfort every 4-6 hours for, like I said 25 years
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:46 PM
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Hi mandypandy

So you're no longer drinking Mandy?

I think the best bet with the codeine is seeing a Dr - they can advise you on the best course of action and help you withdraw as safely as possible.

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Hi Dee, no, I've stopped drinking, my binges got to be about 4-5 days and nights long and were every other week, so I stopped a few weeks ago. My doctor says just stop taking the tablets as the amount of codeine isnt that high and codeine withdrawal isn't dangerous. It was the alcohol withdrawal that could have been dangerous, but I just got on with that anyway. The thing that bothers me about the codeine withdrawal is (the one time I tried to come off it about 10 years ago) the restlessness, mostly in my legs and of course the general achy not well feeling, just wondered how long it lasted. It wasn't a touch on how bad the alcohol withdrawals were, but seemed to drag on longer
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