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Just taken codeine overdose by accident

(17 Posts)
backwardnames Sun 16-Apr-17 00:10:38

Had a screaming migraine. Grabbed a box of migraleve and took two of the pink pills. Only just read instructions and it said not to take more than 1 in 24 hours. Anyone know how serious this is?

toughasnails Sun 16-Apr-17 00:13:15

How much codeine in each pill

backwardnames Sun 16-Apr-17 00:15:11

8 mg

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 16-Apr-17 00:15:12

what is the dose? I take 60mg of codeine at a time when needed. It might be the buclazine you aren't supposed to take too much of.

PurpleDaisies Sun 16-Apr-17 00:15:28

If you're over 16 that's the correct dosage.

Have another look at your leaflet.

Maudlinmaud Sun 16-Apr-17 00:16:05

Hi op. I take two pink at the first sign of a migraine. I think that's the correct dose. Children aged 12 to 14 take one.

PurpleDaisies Sun 16-Apr-17 00:16:54

Picture of the relevant bit...

toughasnails Sun 16-Apr-17 00:20:31

8mgs of codeine is fine.

rosesandcashmere Sun 16-Apr-17 00:21:14

I have prescription Codeine @ 30mg each and can take 2 every 4 hours if needed. If it's only 8mg you'll be fine. If you aren't used to it you may be constipated tomorrow. Feel better soon.

SpunBodgeSquarepants Sun 16-Apr-17 00:21:44

You can't overdose on codeine. Your body will only process so much, the rest is waste. Not sure what the correct term is, but that's how I understand it.

rosesandcashmere Sun 16-Apr-17 00:22:21

Also it looks like you're looking at the child section. The adult section says to take 2 at the start of a migraine so 2 over time is also fine. Don't panic.

backwardnames Sun 16-Apr-17 00:24:31

Thought I read just one on inteenet. Really suffering tonight. It might have been the pain doing it.

PurpleDaisies Sun 16-Apr-17 00:25:49

Bloody hell spun, get that comment deleted. That's utter bollocks. You need to take a lot but codeine is fatal in overdose.

If you don't know what you're talking about, don't give medical advice.

sweetkitty Sun 16-Apr-17 00:26:12

Two pink migraleve is the correct dose don't worry, hope they help you, I've got a migraine too just taken a sumatriptan

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 16-Apr-17 00:33:39

backward it was sensible to ask if you weren't sure, migraines really muddle your thinking don't they.

esk1mo Sun 16-Apr-17 00:39:00

i think spun means that codeine has a ceiling effect, eg 200mg is useless as only 60mg is therapeutic (hypothetical numbers).

you can overdose on codeine, causing respiratory depression/failure. i think the LD50 is 800mg, although people have died from taking 500mg. so i wouldnt worry about 8mg

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Sun 16-Apr-17 00:39:15

I take up to 60mg codeine a day for chronic pain.

If migraines are that bad, you need different medication. Triptans, or preventatives like beta blockers. Amitriptyline or similar can also help.

Does migralieve have another ingredient? Guessing paracetamol or something.

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