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cocodamol question

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Clarella Mon 09-Nov-15 10:15:47

Hi I occasionally take one dose of cocodamol to help manage pain at night. It's turning into being after work two days a week and during hormonal times an extra third or very rarely 4th dose. I do try to have weeks where I don't take it. It does make me a little sleepy.

I never take it during the day or more than the one dose, sometimes taking one cocodamol and one paracetamol.

If it's this low level regularly is it still possible to be addicted? The half life seemed quite short so I assume a break of 3-4 days is ok?

Clarella Mon 09-Nov-15 10:16:22

To clarify; 4th night or taking one dose , once.

Clarella Wed 11-Nov-15 08:01:38

Bump?

Bubblesinthesummer Wed 11-Nov-15 08:04:46

It is addictive, but not sure that is the case withen the doses you are taking.

I'd certainly go and see your GP.

DifferentCats Wed 11-Nov-15 08:07:19

If you are taking it that regularly, you may have developed a taste for it. But assuming you are referring to OTC co-codamol, it's not going to be harming you at those doses.

The issue is its use creeping into more parts of your life.

TheFuzz Wed 11-Nov-15 16:50:43

Very unlikely at those levels. I have bouts of pain where I take 60mg of codeine and 100mg of paracetamol and haven't got addicted. A months supply lasted a year.

AliceScarlett Wed 11-Nov-15 17:27:37

As long as you don't take it for more than three days in a row you should be ok. It is creeping up... Just be aware of that slippery slope. Probably fine, but opiates are, well opiates.

Clarella Wed 11-Nov-15 21:06:22

Thank you. Ok so maybe a discussion with GP and pharmacist?

I'm aware from brief Google / mn it can be variable in effects and tolerance etc.

DifferentCats Wed 11-Nov-15 22:30:37

I would only talk to doctor/pharmacist if you feel that your use is becoming a problem.

For example, if you take it at night, is it definitely for pain or is there an element of it helping you find relax? Or do you ever find that you make excuses to take it earlier in the day to take the edge off?

But as has been said above, the prescription dose is sixty milligrams and the OTC dose about sixteen.

DifferentCats Wed 11-Nov-15 22:31:12

I would only talk to doctor/pharmacist if you feel that your use is becoming a problem.

For example, if you take it at night, is it definitely for pain or is there an element of it helping you find relax? Or do you ever find that you make excuses to take it earlier in the day to take the edge off?

But as has been said above, the prescription dose is sixty milligrams and the OTC dose about sixteen.

Clarella Fri 13-Nov-15 15:02:11

I think it helps me sleep but I don't seem to feel the need to take it earlier etc or craving it.

I guess it's sensible to leave days when I can go without.

Sometimes I take a herbal nightol instead.

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