• alan alan
    May 03, 2010
    i have severe back pain
    alan alan
    May 03, 2010

    i have severe back pain especially in the morning and have trouble getting out of bed untill my tablets kick in this morning i had to take 6 co-codamol ive had mri scan and have 2 bad disc's would morhine help me, im affraid of taking it, my doctor said that is the next strongest thing i can take, dont know what to do

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  • Karen Lee Richards
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    May 04, 2010
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 04, 2010

    It concerns me that you took 6 co-comadol at once.  Co-comadol is a combination of codeine and paracetamol (acetaminophen).  It's very dangerous for your liver to take that much paracetamol at once.  If your pain is bad enough to need 6 co-comadol, it would be safer for you to take the morphine. 

     

    I'm not sure what country you're in or what pain relievers are available there.  In the states, the next step up from codeine is usually hydrocodone.  You might ask your doctor if it is available there. 

     

    I know taking morphine sounds scary, but if your pain is really bad, it may be your best option.  If your concern about morphine is the fear of becoming addicted, I would encourage you to read this article:  Opioids:  Addiction vs. Dependence  Although anyone who takes opioid medications regularly will become physically dependent on them, the chances of actually developing an addiction are very low.


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