HOW TO COME OFF USING CODEINE
Codeine is an opiate used to treat severe pain and also is used to treat cough.
It comes inform of a tablet or in liquid which is usually contained in a cough syrup.
Codeine is highly addictive. The rate which the quest for codeine in the drugs market and pharmacy stores is relatively high.
Now, the addiction that comes with codeine is something else. It comes in different ways to its user.
For example (a &b user).
The A user, his doctor prescribes the codeine to him in order to deal with the severe pain while the B user buys the codeine on his own prescription to deal with pain or to get high.
Whether the codeine is been prescribed by a doctor or not the addiction will always fall through.
This is because the body tend to develop some sort of tolerance to a certain dose used over a period of time. Now to feel any effect from this drug you definitely have to increase your dose.
At the stage of using the drug for a long period of time, your blood cells will automatically depend on it
to function properly.
This obliviously makes withdrawing from codeine use difficult as your body needs it now to function properly.
Symptoms of using codeine
Symptoms of codeine usually vary on its user. This is due to the dose and period of time( long or short) a person have used codeine could vary from another person.
For short term user, these are what they’re likely to experience;
Feelings of being drunk
Allergic skin reaction or rash
Nausea and vomiting
Excessive drowsiness, dysphoria or confusion.
For long term user these are what they are likely to experience;
Pain when not using the drug
Liver damage secondary to acetaminophen toxicity
And also the symptoms listed on the short term user.
Effects of abusing codeine
The below contains a list of codeine effects on both a long and short term user.
Decreased muscle tone
Uncontrollable muscle twitches
Muscle spasms, cramps, and pain.
Cold, clammy skin
What are the withdrawal symptoms you could experience from using codeine??
Putting a stop to codeine use immediately is definitely a bad idea as there would be withdrawal symptoms.
To totally withdraw from codeine use with a mild withdrawal symptoms, then help help of a trained medical professional will be needed.
Here are the withdrawal symptoms of codeine;
Craving for the drug
Agitation and irritability
Nausea and vomiting
Treatment/solution for codeine addiction
For a codeine addict to come off codeine use totally it’s definitely going to be a gradual process.
This gradual process involves lots of therapy session with a trained medical professional who till help a codeine addict get through the withdrawal symptoms. So that is the first step a codeine addict needs to take.
In the therapy session the trained personnel will administer anti-anxiety or anticonvulsant drugs to help deal with anxiety and also deal with cravings which is the most difficult part of the withdrawal.
During the sessions, the trained also provide drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to alleviate withdrawal symptoms(which are listed above).
The whole therapy session should be for about a month, which should be enough time for a codeine addict to full come off totally and be healthy.