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Re: Codeine reduction

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:59 am
by Lynda33
I wish I was able to go cold turkey but I know it won't work for me, tapering is much the best option. It may keep the symptoms of reduction going for a little longer, but I need to know that I can function through the day, cold turkey wouldn't allow that and I would give in.

At the moment it's difficult but I can manage. Last night was difficult, but I went to bed to remove myself from the pull of the tablets. Thankfully I fell straight to sleep which was unusual. I am making myself keep busy during the day and I think that helped.

Glad to hear that you're doing well too. We'll beat this soon. I may think about stopping when I've had a week or two at taking only two tablets because I don't think two tablets a day helps that much, but we'll see. Cold turkey shouldn't be too bad if only taking two tablets, should it?

Then it's the battle of living without codeine.

Re: Codeine reduction

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:39 am
by MargUK
I'm the same - I could never manage cold turkey even if it gets the whole thing over with quicker.

For me - ones and twos in terms of tablets are useless so in the previous taper I did what I've been doing this week - save some up - so if I was on one a day I'd go for 3 days with nothing then have 4 on the fourth day - that way the taper remained the same, I got used to having days without anything knowing it wasn't for ever and still had a bit of relief every few days. That made the final stopping a bit easier.

But - as you say - the tougher battle begins after that ........

We'll get there. :)

Re: Codeine reduction

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:19 pm
by Lynda33
Down to four tablets from today. So far so good. Based on my previous weeks I think I can get to four, but three and a half and lower will be difficult for me to maintain. I'm wondering whether to just stop and ride it out.

Re: Codeine reduction

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:05 am
by MargUK
I've been having similar thoughts Lynda - I'm struggling on the 5 this month and I had a couple of 'going cold turkey' thoughts the other day which was very unusual for me. Dreadful anxiety and tension all evening tonight though has changed my mind!

I had an extra dose last night when I wasn't due them so clearly I'm not managing the taper very well even though I can make up for it before I'm due to go down to 4. And then there's this whole Suboxone issue as well which is completely stressing me out - I'm getting differing opinions right left and centre and using an Addict Brain to try and make sense of it is not helpful! Tomorrow I go back to the Drugs Clinic again so will have to make a decision one way or another.

I think you're right though - the lower doses just draw it out but sometimes that's the only way for people to get right off. I think it all depends how determined you are and what you feel you can put up with at the end of the day.