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Lilypop52Lilypop52 15 Sep 2017 15:36
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Hi everyone
I've gone a full week now can't believe it . usually by now I'm stressing about getting my next box
Even been to supermarket and stayed completely away from pharmacy, normally I would never miss an opportunity
This morning I threw away my special glass that I always used I kept it tucked away in the bathroom anyway it's gone now as don't want any reminders. I feel as though I've got so much more to look forward to now in life it's been a terrible few years
I hope you are all doing ok and have a great weekend .

My story by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 15 Sep 2017 15:36
Re: Hello 😊
Hey TigerHey Tiger 15 Sep 2017 05:50
in discussion Forum / My story » Hello 😊

Hi Tommi! Good for you! I'm doing ok thanks, I'm now 6 weeks off the Solps! I've found myself now taking Boots own brand effervescent paracetamol & caffeine as I'm still getting headaches 🙄 How are you getting on?

Re: Hello 😊 by Hey TigerHey Tiger, 15 Sep 2017 05:50
Re franks881
Lilypop52Lilypop52 14 Sep 2017 21:56
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Hi franks881
Don't give in now you have done 2 days I also felt not good after 2 days like I had a cold or something but on the 4th day I really felt much better and we have all had colds and felt bad before and there is no cure for that please I urge you to stop now it will get better. We all need to give up these are horrible things don't let them take any more of your life. I hope this was of some help to you and try get a good nights sleep and don't worry each day it gets better .

Re franks881 by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 14 Sep 2017 21:56

Hi everyone. I've been taking Solpadiene for a year now, I started taking them because of headaches and I didn't realise just how easy I'd fall into the trap. My mum has been addicted to "tabs" now for ten years and so I think that stems from where my addiction has come from. I was taking 4/6 doses of 2 every day. I like the feeling, makes me feel fuzzy and like I'm able to get through the day. If I don't have any, I panic. I'm really struggling right now, the earliest I can get hold of any is tomorrow morning and I just know I don't have the willpower not to buy them. I've not had any now for 48 hours and I'm really feeling the effects. My whole body is aching, my head is pounding and I feel so nauseous and like I'm coming down with a cold. I tried to cut down gradually by telling my partner to leave me two and take the box to work with him but I always fail on the second day. I need them. I've searched my entire house for any that I'd misplaced or hidden. I don't know what to do.

My story
Lilypop52Lilypop52 14 Sep 2017 14:55
in discussion Forum / My story » My story

Thanks Nigel for your encouraging words
Even tho I'm still in early days each day that does pass makes me feel even less like going back
I've had a big clear out today of all the empty boxes I had stashed in various hiding places, I found 9, which really brought it home to me anyway they are now tucked away at the bottom of the outside bin can't wait for refuse collection to take them away. I can't believe that I let this happen to me it's my fault no one else's I should have taken more notice of the warnings on the boxes but I just didn't . I hated it when pharmacists asked me all the questions I just thought they were nosy but they were just doing their job. Anyway I'm starting to rant now so I'm going to plug in my earphones and listen to some really good music which I think really helps makes me think there really is light at the end of the tunnel. Anyway good luck to everybody out there .

My story by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 14 Sep 2017 14:55
Re: My story
Nigel Thomson Nigel Thomson 13 Sep 2017 16:43
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Well done ….keep going.

Re: My story by Nigel Thomson Nigel Thomson , 13 Sep 2017 16:43
Re detox update
Lilypop52Lilypop52 13 Sep 2017 14:01
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Hi everyone,
Day 6 of complete detox, feeling quite good and positive, really glad I finally decided to come off the solps. If anyone out there is thinking of coming off, do it now today don't keep putting it off just find a way that works best for you. I'm not feeling stressed about it anymore or worrying just angry with myself for letting it get this far feel I've been robbed of years of my life and heaven knows how much money I've wasted. I'm now going to put the money I usually spend away and in 12 months time treat myself to something wonderful just to give myself an incentive to keep going
Please everybody just kick this habit it doesn't make you feel good, just the opposite
Anyhow I'm off to walk my dog now and breathe in some fresh clean air. I'll check back in a few days

Re detox update by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 13 Sep 2017 14:01
My story
Lilypop52Lilypop52 11 Sep 2017 11:53
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Hi everyone,
First started using solpedeine about 5 years ago for a root filling infection, I'd never heard of it before was recommended by a chemist, used it once it was wonderful no more pain then just forgot about it a year later started to have terrible migraines, nothing stopped them ,then remembered the solpedeine , it worked I could take it or leave it a box would last six months or more the migraines got more frequent so did the solpedeine 2 years ago started taking every day it crept up from 2 tabs to 4 tabs to 6 tabs I couldn't stop I tried cutting down couldn't do it always went back up after now 4 years I had enough this wasn't me. I found this site found a little hope there were other people like me just ordinary people having a bad time. I read their stories they were like mine. Four days ago I decided no more so stopped I feel like I've got flu a couple of times I've nearly given in I've come here to give encouragement and to receive encouragement to carry on not having them I keep hoping everyday that I will feel a little better back to being me again that's all I want please help

My story by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 11 Sep 2017 11:53

thanks both lovely to get identification from others. I just really like the feeling and Im getting stroppy now if I dont take one 1st thing.


Re: Hope
CaterwaulCaterwaul 08 Sep 2017 12:03
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Hi there - I'm trying to drop half a tablet a day and see where that takes me. I'm definitely not strong enough to go cold turkey although I have done it before in the dim and distant past. Good luck with your journey and with your teacher training - it's quite intense - wouldn't itbe great to do it clear-headed? xx

Re: Hope by CaterwaulCaterwaul, 08 Sep 2017 12:03

I've have just started on here too. So far so good - I do feel a bit headachey, but actually, given how much I've cut down so far the headache I'm sure is psychological. It's a bit scary isn't it, but it really has to be done. Good luck to you both xx

Starting Now
CaterwaulCaterwaul 07 Sep 2017 11:58
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So here I am, with roughly 35 years of taking these things - maybe 25 - 30 on a regular basis. I have had a couple of long pauses in that time but always gone back. I used to take them for headaches - more recently it's been for arthritis in my knees as I can't handle Naproxen and their ilk (hello IBS!) However, I've known for a long time that I'm addicted really - alternating between chemists, enjoying them as a mid-morning drink for God's sake and basically taking them when I don't really need to. I ALWAYS have a stash - one in the medicine cabinet, one in my handbag and one hidden in the shower room (hubs does NOT approve) but I'm terrified of running out. This is silly and it's pathetic. I rarely take more than 6 a day, but then again, I rarely take less. So, after reading my way around this forum last night, it's firstly a relief to find out that I'm not alone and that this actually is a thing; and secondly, I have drawn up a withdrawal timetable - basically losing half a tab a day till I'm down to zero. I'm not kidding myself that it's going to be easy and may have to adjust the rate. However, I'm not prepared to go cold turkey. After a major illness, a friend stopped her prescribed cocodamol cold turkey and went into a complete tailspin,resulting in hospital treatment for withdrawal. Not fun. I've got a strong instinct for survival and I'm fed up with all the nonsense. Wish me luck, and any tips would be gratefully received. At the very least, it's good to have the space to talk about this stuff.

Starting Now by CaterwaulCaterwaul, 07 Sep 2017 11:58

Hi - how are you getting on? You've just described my world for more years (decades!) than I care to remember. I have got to where there is a box in the medicine box (the legitimate packet for anyone's use), there is a packet in my work bag and another (well hidden) in the shower room. Bit pathetic really. I badkly want to stop now but have absolutely no idea of the best way to go about it.

Re: Hello 😊
TommiXoXoTommiXoXo 04 Sep 2017 23:35
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hello there 'hey tiger' haha. Just reading your story now because i just joined up and put my own post up too. I was feeling really down about my addiction tonight and joining this forum really makes me feel a bit better. I've been coming on here for a couple of years and just reading through stories so just thought i'd sign up myself. How are you doing now? are you still off the solps? If so then well done thats amazing work! and if not then well done for the days you did go without them! thats an achievment in itself and you should be proud. xoxo

Re: Hello 😊 by TommiXoXoTommiXoXo, 04 Sep 2017 23:35

Thanks for sharing your story DJ. :) i just put up my first post also. It feels a bit better to get it out to some people who understand. I am also like you in that i come on here to try and reassure myself about my usage. I am taking between 8 and 10 a day now. sometimes 6 if i'm being good. I know its not good for me but like you at this point in time i am more looking for ways to make myself healthier without having to give up the solps. some days i just say to hell with it all and other days i really beat myself up about it. its a horrible addiction but i really do hope we can come out of it. I believe we can in time but i just wish that time would hurry the hell up. if that makes any sense. haha.

TommiXoXoTommiXoXo 04 Sep 2017 23:16
in discussion Forum / My story » Hope

Hi everyone! This is my first time writing on one of these sites so not really sure where to begin. I'll just tell my story i guess. I was introduced to solpadeine about 10 years ago for pain relief and although it didnt take the pain away entirely it definitely helped more than anything else i had tried at that point so i continued to use it monthly ( for hellish period pains ) . I wasnt addicted to it until a few years later. I think i had started taking it while i was suffering with depression as well as for pain. I honestly dont remember exactly when or why i started doing that but i know that that is what happened. Soon with using it for pains of all sorts, hangovers and depression ( again i know its not for depression but i just took it anyways to calm me down or make me feel something..i dont even know that i did feel anything i just felt like it would help. this all sounds silly i know. ) I ended up going from taking it a couple of weeks at a time to just taking it every day. First i was taking 4, then 6 and now usually either 8 or 10 a day. its been around 5 years now of that. I have tried a few times to quit, sometimes cold turkey and sometimes cutting down. With cold turkey i always end up being way too sick with horrible pains and headaches and running to the bathroom so i really do not want to do that again. and the horrible cravings too. I am starting college this fall training to be a teacher which is something i have wanted for so so long. I want to be healthy and fit for this new journey and so i know i cannot go cold turkey because i cannot take time off for sick leave. If anyone has any advice on the best way to taper off them i would really appreciate your help so much. Or just any tips or advice in general. I dont care how long it takes as long as i take steps to lower my dosage and hopefully eventually be rid of these things. lots of love to all of you out there struggling like myself. xoxo

Hope by TommiXoXoTommiXoXo, 04 Sep 2017 23:16


Really glad i found this site - bit like alcoholism i wasnt sure how many others had an acute problem like this.

Addicts and alcoholics should never touch this stuff. I stopped drinking nearly 4 years ago. I have been fortunate enough to work with others who suffer and have rebuilt my life completely (nothing really to do with me - more to do with AA - I just could not stop)

Anyway - I used to take SM when I was drinking for an extra hit but it never occurred to me to take it once sober and then one day we crossed paths and i did. I just knew it was a terrible idea as alcoholics & addicts just love to change the way they feel naturally by ANY means and in the absence of alcohol its inevitable that if a substitute of sorts is found then another episode of misuse will begin.

The only way someone like me is able to stop something is when it becomes just too hard to carry on. In my case I lost everything through drink and I was so very ill, mentally & physically. The problem i am having now with this stuff is that I work ok on it, eat fine, still train and keep fit and have no problem sleeping or functioning in any way.

I have started researching which foods / drinks / herbs etc are good for cleansing the kidneys and liver as I know consistent use will be putting strain on them - i am now making smoothies full of lemon / parsley & tumeric , eating loads of garlic and apples and drinking lots of green tea! Classic insane behaviour - rather than coming up with a plan for stopping I am trying to find a way of continuing to use it and stay healthy.

Im 40 now and my fiance is 34. We are trying for a baby and life is so good atm certainly compared to the hell I was living in with drink. Now I am hooked on this stuff.

Classic addictive mentality - I have read the stories here to reassure myself that my usage isnt that bad - now I know that people have taken up to 20 - 30 a day and some have used for 20 years its only helped me to stop worrying so much!

I am trying to apply some of the same principles I used before which is mainly to do with becoming comfortable in my own skin so I dont need to change the way I feel but so far its not working.

Anyway, thanks to all who have taken the time to be honest and share their experience.


Staying strong
Florence195Florence195 21 Aug 2017 09:40
in discussion Forum / My story » Staying strong

This can't be my life surely?

So I am 3 days clean after going cold turkey from my 30 tablet a day addiction to solpadeine max.

I have been using solps recreationally for about 4 years. I originally started because I get migraines but I quickly realised I actually ENJOYED the feeling of the codeine and used it to help me relax. I never thought I would get addicted to them, that happens to other people, not me. Wrong.

Just over a year ago I completed a 4 month script for buprenorphine, slowly reducing the dosage from 8mg gradually down to 0.5mg then I was clean. The bup withdrawals hit me around 48 hours later and I mean HIT me. It was horrendous. I wanted to die. Severe aches and pains, anxiety, cold sweats, bad guts, restless legs, sleepless nights and lots of tears. It was 100x worse than codeine withdrawals. But with the help of my fiance I got through it and two weeks later we were in Greece on holiday. I had done it.

Then a month later, I was having a bit of a stressful time at work so I bought my trusty max tablets thinking one wouldn't hurt.. Wrong again.

I convinced myself I was in control, I could stop if I wanted. I take them because I like them. They get me through the day. Gradually I started taking more and more. I was taking 10 tablets at a time, getting through a box of 30 in a day. Lying to my fiance. I hated myself. It got to the point I barely felt the effects of 10 tablets. I knew my liver was in danger. Why am I doing this to myself?

I went to one of the dozens of local pharmacies I visited daily, the woman told me I would need a prescription next time as I buy them too regularly. I was mortified.

That night I told my fiance everything, I knew he already knew but saying it out loud made it real. No more lies.

The next day I took the remaining tablets I had left and that was 3 days ago. I feel Ok, had some aches and pains and cold sweats but nothing as bad as coming of my script. I feel a bit better this morning, it's the psychological element I have to deal with now. That's the hardest part. My fiance tries to understand but I know he never really will. Only I can help myself.

Anyway, that's my story! Thanks for reading

Staying strong by Florence195Florence195, 21 Aug 2017 09:40
Addicted? ? Me??
ZydecoAnnieZydecoAnnie 14 Aug 2017 19:01
in discussion Forum / My story » Addicted? ? Me??

Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago, I found that soluble Solpadeine was the only thing that touched the pain. On average I take 4/6 a day, very rarely do I take more than that but it is every day. Now I am worried about the effect on my liver as I am feeling pain in it and am having extreme fatigue. Really want to stop taking them but a little voice inside me says that I need to take some, I stopped for a month and thought that was it but am back up to my "normal " amount………is it really possible to come off these for good?

Addicted? ? Me?? by ZydecoAnnieZydecoAnnie, 14 Aug 2017 19:01

Just hang on in there and keep going there will come a time when you will just feel normal. I also found it knocked my confidence a lot when I stopped, just concentrated on getting through it and don't try to be too super human while you are. It will come together at the end. Hope this makes sense.

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