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Does anyone know whether you can take valium and cocodamol together?
No problem with taking them together, within limits prescribed (i.e. don't exceed 8 tablets of Co-codamol in 24 hr period and don't take your Diazepam above prescribed maximum). Diazepam is not an opioid, it's a benzodiazepine. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can affect breathing if taken to excess, especially in people who have respiratory disorders (e.g. Asthma). HTH. (I'm a dr by the way.)
I hate this sort of advice over prescription meds....very often it is essential the you take the painkillers perscribed and comments like yours often prevent people from taking the drugs they require. I'm sure her gp has given very sound and relevant advice. Many thousands of people use codeine with no addiction and over a long period of time I'm sorry about your sisters experience but not relevant to trot out to anyone prescribed codeine
Ronaldinhio, I was given cocodamol 30/500mg for severe abdominal pain, I used it at the appropriate level to manage the pain.
That was 3 years ago, surgery finally sorted out the pain, however withdrawl from the codine was a totally different story. I still require support from my GP and family and have only recently weaned myself off this medication, literally going through cold turkey which was one of the worst experiences in my life.
Some GP's tend to prescribe these meds like smarties and do not necessarily look into alternative pain relief. So as Medhismummy said be very careful as these tablets ARE addictive even when used appropriately.
equally many people are crippled by pain and terrified to use the medication prescribed because of stories and scaremongering like this. She asked a simple question and was given the answer I don't remember asking for you to busybody about citing addiction warnings
By the way inmylittlehead I used codeine for a long period of time with no issues ooooohhhhoooooooo
Thanks for the info/advice everyone. Don't worry, Lifesiforliving, I'm aware of the possibility of addiction to codeine and am careful not to let it happen, but I can see how easy it might be. They're only over the counter, but I find them a lot better than just paracetamol and/or ibrufon.
It's a shame that some people can only resort to being rude and lack the intelligence to debate an issue, i.e hearing both sides. Call me a busy body (petty) as appreciate you are entiltled to your own opinion as am I, which you obviously cannot comprehend.
I didn't realise that MN has changed it's name to ONLYRon.. WhateverYourNameIsOpinionMatters
I think you need to get over yourself... Just a thought.....(Am I allowed one?)
Oh don't bother post back, because believe when I say I've wasted enough time on you already to reply again. Have a good evening...
re the codeine addiction ~ how many or how often constitutes addiction? I get loads of headaches (always have done if I'm stressed, tired etc) and do reach for the Syndol or Co Codamol quite quickly as I know it works. Does scare me the thought of becoming or being addicted to it (sorry for slight thread hijack but very interested).
If its not used for relieving pain, what does codeine do for you? Why do people get addicted to it (I know its an opiate) - but what does that mean, what is the feeling in the body that the user becomes addicted to? This is something I have often thought about.
Should perhaps add that I have used codeine and co-codamol - and indeed valium and temazepam - without becoming addicted. Perhaps this is why I am extra curious.
bibbity, some people are prone to addiction. Both me and my mum became addicted to Solpadeine. DH can take it on max dose for 2 weeks and then stop.
It's a lot to do with the tablets being soluble as well. Tell a Solpadeine addict to take the capsules instead of the soluble tablets and they'll give you a whole shed load of excuses as to why they can't possibly do that.
I can't answer about the feeling though, I haven't touched the stuff for 6 years.