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ADs and painkillers together, need some advice please.

(5 Posts)
saltire Thu 22-Feb-07 13:04:42

I take 10mg of Amitryptiline which is an anti depressant, for pain, not depression. I take it every night. I also have two different lots of pain killers. Co-Codamol 8/500mg for during the day and Co-Codamol 30/500mg for night time. I only take them when i get pain flare up. The flare ups can last a day, a week or even a month. I take the milder ones for during the day bacuse i childmind. The stronger ones i take at night because they make me very drowsy. However I am getting a bit worried. For the past 10 days I have had to take the painkillers at night, then on monday the pain went, so stopped taking them. However, I haven't slept properly since. I am not getting off to sleep for ages - last night it was 3am. On Tuesday night i was awake till gone midnight, but was wide awake at 5am. I noticed the same thing happened a few weeks ago when i stopped the painkillers after a few days of pain
I am worried that my body is getting reliant on the painkillers during the periods that i need to take them, which as i said above, can be weeks at a time.
Is it worth going to the docs to see about getting different painkillers? Does anyone know if the painkillers can be addictive?

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 13:05:38

some codeine based ones can be.....i would speak to your Doc about this ASAP if you are concerned....

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 13:06:04

IIRC you can build up a tolerance to them, and need to take more and larger doses to get the same effect

saltire Thu 22-Feb-07 13:14:45

Would i build up a tolerance to them if i was only taking them for certain periods of time? For example, i might not get another flare up for weeks, so they would have got out of my system wouldn't they?
I don't know what other kinds of pain killers are available

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 13:57:45

i am not entirely sure .so either call your pharmacist or your gp to discuss !

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