- How much cocodamol can I take without doing myself harm? :D
Obviously not a medical professional here but, what about taking something else in conjunction?
I've recently had a painful heart condition and they had me on Tramadol, Cocodamol and Ibuprofen.
Slept like a baby the first few nights. When they sent me home the cocodamol was replaced by paracetamol. The tramadol is good stuff if you can blag that.Posted 7 years ago
I've got codydramol at home (after an op) which are slightly better at taking the edge off, but not much. Problem is I can't get anything else from the pharmacy and the docs are several days waiting away. I was thinking of upping to 2 tablets every 2 hours instead of every 4, I think it's hard to OD on the co but the mol is a different matter. I am a big guy (17stone) so normal dosages don't really hit that hard. I'm not sure how I'd get tramadol without a doc!"Posted 7 years agofreddygMember
Can you get to a local shop for some Ibuprofen ?
You can alternate this with the co-codamol* (contains paracetamol) every two hours. Therefore take your co-codamol, 2 hours later take ibuprofen, 2 hrs later co-codamol – repeat to pain-free bliss.
* I am not a doctor, anything I say could be complete b*llocks.Posted 7 years agoAdamWMember
Remember folks that cocodamol is a mixture of paracetamol and codeine. Paracetamol can be vicious stuff in an overdose situation. I think if you take something like ten pills at once you're most probably going to die. Painfully. (that's 500mg tablets).
Obviously a doc is the best bet. How about calling NHS direct?Posted 7 years ago
Sorry I've not replied, the first normal dose of cocodamols and ibuprofen aren't helping (taken at 11am) – I was just on the floor feeling dizzy and with tinnitus that sounded like I was in a hyper-speed modem. Things have eased a little now, I now have warm-feeling arms. I'd visit the doc but seeing as it's an ongoing condition they just want me to put my life on hold and wait until my next appointment without anything other than OTC painkillers. I'm not one for taking tablets or moaning, this is practically crippling me – took me 5 minutes supported on my arms and elbows just to get up for a pee 🙁 The pharmacist who gave me cocodamol said they couldn't do anything else and I would have to see a doctor. But she did come across as little more than a sales assistant.Posted 7 years agos.p.adsheadMember
As AdamW says – its a mixture, you can get stronger co-codamol tablets, but these contain more codeine (upto 500/30 which have 30mg codeine), so two tabs, i.e. 1000mg paracetamol every 6 hours is the maximum safe dose.
You need to speak to your doctor if you need more pain killers / co-codamol isn't touching it.Posted 7 years agofaintSubscriber
i get prescribed diclofenac (SP) nsaid anti-imflammatory from the doctor, works wonders when my lower back spasms. I think one of the top brand companies are using it in lower dosage in an off the shelf product but the
stuff from doc's a lot better.
If it is the same problem as mine anti-imflammatory not pain reliefPosted 7 years ago
and the gels didn't work
Surely if the painkillers aren't doing anything another approach is needed? I damaged my neck 4 years ago and the first 2 doc's visits prescribed me painkillers. They didn't do anything at all and I was in similar pain to you.Posted 7 years ago
Eventually he prescribed Diazepam (only 5mg IIRC) as a muscle relaxant and it worked much better. I was able to walk more than 20ft and not be in agony. Physio/Chiro helped me recover after that.
Got the most incredible gnawing back ache, after a few doc/physio visits I'm told it's muscular spasms but it feels like tooth ache and is worst when I'm sat down trying to get some work done, takes my breath away if I relax the wrong way, and the wrong way could be any way it decides. Best painkiller I could get was 500/8 cocodamols, will taking 4 damage me?!Posted 7 years agoTandemJeremyMember
As said above – do not increase the dose of co codamol you have – too much paracetomol. You can get co codamol with more codeine – so you could perhaps get some pure codeine from your pharmacist to supplement it ( at the risk of getting sleepy / constipated) or you could ask your pharmacist for stronger OTC painkillers which are available – or add ibuprofen or as I would do – go back to the docs ASAP and get a prescription for something betterPosted 7 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Right.. I've had the odd crippling back spasm episode, and neck too.. dunno if yours is the same thing tho but:
1) are you in bed? If not you should be.
2) try a heat pack, lots of this kind of thing available from boots. Or duct tape* a hot water bottle to your back. If your car has heated seats then this can be good for your back when on full.
* other fixing methods may be more comfortable but less secure.Posted 7 years ago
I was fine in bed, best nights sleep in a while, it was getting into the car that set it off again 🙁 I'm OKish if walking, but sitting is crippling me. In order to get some work done I may have to lie down, or develop a kind of bib for walking and writing at teh same time!Posted 7 years ago
My problem was that my trapezoid muscle was spasming, trapping the nerve in my spine. Couldn't sleep or walk about much. Most comfortable position was the very expensive office chair we had in the spare room, with ICE on it as much as possible. Although I did have the odd ultra hot shower (until I nearly got scalded) as that helped too. Last thing I wanted to do is go to bed, waaaay too painful!Posted 7 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Bed was the only thing that helped me. Agony got worse and worse til I lay down and got it properly relaxed. Note that not all lying down relaxes your back…
Then I couldn't walk when I had it the worst.. took me about two hours to get home when it was normally 10 minutes. And no f*cker stopped to ask if I was ok as I was inching along grimacing with pain.. 🙁Posted 7 years ago
Now on 500/30 para/cod from the doctor who wouldn't prescribe anything stronger without seeing me in person, and it takes the edge off but little else. Don't feel particularly fuzzy but did sleep like a log last night. Still can't sit down for more than 10 minutes without being in agony.Posted 7 years ago
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