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Codeine Phosphate

This is a painkiller, suitable for moderate to severe pain. It is an opiate, like morphine. As such it can be addictive, therefore is not recommended for long term use.

Codeine also has a constipating effect. Some people may therefore take codeine as a treatment for diarrhoea.

Common side effects include nausea, dizziness and constipation. There is also a risk that regular use can mask symptoms, and the IBD can worsen without the patient being aware.

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09-06-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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Care should be taken if using codeine, its sometimes used by IBD patients to bulk you up, but a little known use of codeine is also as a cough suppressent, of course we cough for a reason and by not coughing and clearing your lungs certain serious lung infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia etc can occur.
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12-10-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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My specialist nurse prescribed me codeine as my colitis was causing very severe diarheea with very humiliating accidents. I tried to avoid using it, but one day for work I had to travel 3 hours on a bus. I took codeine the nigght before and again in the morning. I felt great all day1 no accidents, no severe pain and felt free. that nigght however things went drastically wrong. I had very severe pain, more painful than usual, lost a lot of blood and mucus and was crippled on the toilet for nearly two hours! I almost called the paremedics I was so bad, it took days to get back to pre codeine state which is normally bad anyway.
12-10-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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When my diarrhea was out of control in the year before my surgery, low dose codeine was the only drug that worked.

On the low dose, I never felt any narcotic effiect and went to work and drove a car as always. But, it helped give me my life back for a while there.
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12-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #4
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I've been on codeine tablets now for over a year, 15mg, then moved up to 30mg, combined with paracetomol. It's the only thing that makes the shoulder pain bearable. I take 2-4 a day and it has never left me constipated, I go every day, or every day several times!

Am always aware of the danger of addiction. I constantly ask "why am I wanting another pill, is the pain bad" etc. A few weeks ago the pain slacked off so I didn't take any for 2 days which helped reassure me I wasn't in any way addicted.

Once the IBD is classified I am hoping with treatment the shoulder pain will lessen so I can go back to 15mg or stop all together. I see myself possibly needing them occasionaly but certainly not every day like now. I certainly don't want to carry on much past the first few months of treatment at the frequency I am on.
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12-30-2010, 09:50 PM   #5
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I have been using codeine for 3 years, when needed (only occasionally, if I am doing a gig or rehearsals where I am unable to access toilets for hours: eg. pit work)....without addiction.
07-23-2011, 04:22 AM   #6
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the bottom line is, codeine used to ease the pain that accompanying the illness itself
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