Even before opioid prescription caused an epidemic of overdose and deaths, Jakobson Ramin was alarmed by the way physicians doled out addictive painkillers, starting with co-codamol
, which is a combination of acetaminophen and paracetamol, and is often a "starter drug", leading to much stronger extended-release opioids that are even more dangerous.
If you are currently taking any of co-codamol
, codeine, dihydrocodeine, tramadol, tapentadol, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, morphine or buprenorphine, you are taking an opioid painkiller, so read on The number of opioid prescriptions is increasing year on year.
In 2010, Kate, 44, was having splitting headaches, memory loss and balance problems and was taking up to eight co-codamol
a day as well as ibuprofen to cope.
Anecdotally, we are seeing a rising number of referrals related to prescription drug addiction, to drugs like co-codamol
, tramadol and pregabalin.
The factory worker had been given Co-codamol
by his doctor for his backache and at the time had expressed concern to her about the amount of painkillers he was taking.
There was no anaesthetic, just two co-codamol
, which were no use at all.
Noeleen McCormack has spoken for the first time about her ordeal after her GP at Brunton Place Surgery in Edinburgh only gave her co-codamol
and a leaflet to combat anxiety when she begged for help.
Out of this sample, all patients who were prescribed any of the following analgesics: paracetamol, diclofenac, celecoxib, tramadol, amitriptyline, gabapentin, and co-codamol
for a minimum period of three consecutive months were identified using the pharmacy records.
No serious damage was done, though he spent the next week tent-bound, reading, making doughnuts, and taking co-codamol
rather than climbing.
AT the height of his addiction to painkillers, former soldier Tom Hurst was taking 30 co-codamol
tablets every day.
It's also important to remember that some over-the-counter medicines, such as Co-codamol
, Paramol and Night Nurse, are known to cause drowsiness," says Anshu Bhimbat, LloydsPharmacy pharmacist (www.
Some such as 200mg ibuprofen and 8/500 co-codamol
are available over-the counter (OTC) in limited quantities from pharmacies, whilst larger quantities of both fall into the realms of prescription-only medications (POM) as do stronger variants such as 15/500 and 30/500 co-codamol