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My partner takes about 4 solpadine tablets a day - every day and I would say this has been going on for months and months…..
I have spoken to him about it but he just says its the only thing that helps and whats the problem as plenty of people take painkillers for things all the time and they arent addicted.
He was taking them for hangovers - which for him go on for days - but now I notice he takes them every day and is getting through a box of 32 a week at least.
I am upset that he just ignores me when I tell him its not right - so now have stopped saying anything….

Re: Back again....
Dellie17Dellie17 11 Nov 2017 20:30
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So I'm new too this site, however have desperately been thinking / hoping to quit solos for sooooo long! I've been taking them since I came off strong co codamol after and operations 10 yrs ago. I did quit as soon as I found out I was pregnant 6 yrs, then after a bad birth, resulting in another operation I was bk on them 😥 X pregnant again and bad split pelvic condition i unfortunately did take just 1 maybe at night due to pain ….. after finishing ready feeding bk on them full force and worse than ever - 3 yrs on and with 2 young children, low energy and low moods I'm currently taking 10/12 a day, normally with co codamol (30/500) …. as they don't work like they use too. If I don't take them my moods / energy are sooo low!! When I don't take the co codamol with them the shoulder pain I get is just awful, unable to sleep - so bad circle begins again!! I really want too quit them both now, for my family/moods/ energy ….. I feel such a failure. But honestly without them I struggle to cope day to day and feel I'm an awful cranky mum / wife!! I've dropped hints to my doctor who just brushes it aside and says we will try and drop the co codamol 1 tablet a wk - which I never do! Help!!!!!!

Re: Back again.... by Dellie17Dellie17, 11 Nov 2017 20:30
Re: Back again....
Joanna2017Joanna2017 31 Oct 2017 12:29
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Hi Bazm,
I can understand how you feel. I have been clean now for 3 months but I feel like I am starting to slide into depression. I am not sure if the tablets were masking an underlying issue or if the quitting has made me depressed after the initial euphoria of quitting. Same as you I would be really interested to see if other people have suffered with this issue and any coping strategies.

Re: Back again.... by Joanna2017Joanna2017, 31 Oct 2017 12:29
2 days clean
jbird52jbird52 17 Oct 2017 19:14
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Hi guys and gals, I've been addicted to solpadeine for 10 years now, I've tried to quit several times the longest I've gone has been two weeks. I would usually use 4 to 6 tabs a day, maybe 8 if I were hungover real bad. I made a promise to myself that I was gonna quit this year and I'm gonna stick to it! Only off them 2 days and I feel like I've been hit by a bus, pounding headache, cold sweat, aching limbs. This forum is really helpful, makes you realise that a lot of people are going through the same thing. I'll give an update in a week or so, still feels like the worst is yet to come.

2 days clean by jbird52jbird52, 17 Oct 2017 19:14
Back again....
Bazm Bazm 07 Oct 2017 07:19
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Hi, i know this must be the same for everyone, last week I managed to go a full week taking maximum 4 a day, one day it was only two!.however now I'm back with a vengeance taking 8/10 a day. I realise there are many people taking many more than that but 10 a day is far too many. After my really good week, the weekend approached and on the Saturday morning i woke up in the worst mood I've ever been in. I don't like to say I was depressed, there are people out there with much worse problems, but I was really really down. I was horrible to people, i really felt like just going for a walk and never coming back. I convinced myself that I was missing these things too much, so come Sunday I was back on them. I'm also drinking more than I should, are these things linked? I was wondering if anyone had ever seeked medical advice on how to quit them? Whoever I tell about this there response is usually just ' well just stop taking them then' if only they knew!

Back again.... by Bazm Bazm , 07 Oct 2017 07:19
Allan solopadine
Allan ButlerAllan Butler 06 Oct 2017 13:40
in discussion Forum / My story » Allan solopadine

Hi to all . This my first time on this site ..well just to keep things short to start with…. I have been taking solopadine tablets since 1982. When they first came out . And I ve been hooked . Taking them for headaches and then over the years just as a replacement drink . Ie . I don't not drink alcohol so that's one good thing I guess .. about 8 years ago I ve had a few stays and ops I. Hospital and managed to come off them while in hospital and for a year after coming home .then one day I had got a splitting headache and just bought a small 16 box ..that's was about 10 months back ..But now i.m going back to my old ways . Trying to do the rounds of different chemists. So I can get my box of 32 tabs every other day … Must have about 10 chemist on tap ….Now just to back track a little at my highest intake I was having a 60 box every other day …Now I don't want to get to that stage ever again. So this is why I m looking for some HELP . With kicking these bloody things . .my wife is so proud of me for kicking them years ago .But I just cant bring my self to tell her i.m still on them and wasting so much money it's just crazy. Please can anyone give me the kick up the back side i need to. Get off these things .. please please .. any help.. info support..etc.. please Allan .. ps I have less than. 8 weeks before I go into hospital for my last double hernia job . And I want to get off these by then . Also my blood pressure as started to go up and i.m convinced this is because of taking These bloody tablets. .. . Sorry about going on .. but i.m at my wit's end what to do next . HELP PLEASE ….

Allan solopadine by Allan ButlerAllan Butler, 06 Oct 2017 13:40

Following on from my previous posts, I managed to quit taking Solpadeine in May this year. I should preface this by saying I've never suffered from migraines or bad headaches, so perhaps my journey getting off them was much easier than other people find. However they had been a constant in my life for 10 years and had been a friend/support to me throughout the tough times. Until Thursday last week when I relapsed and "fell of the wagon" I had managed to complete 3 months and 20 days without a fizzy after reluctantly being pressured into stopping by my wife. Not the best way to start the process of quitting. But as time went by and days and weeks clocked up without Solpadeine, I realised I really was finally quitting full stop. I don't believe I suffered too much in the way of withdrawl symptoms. I had a few minor headaches (very minor) and I noticed I got a lot of aching in my legs the first couple of weeks, but this quickly passed and I began to feel motivated by the challenge. As time passed, I used to sit at my desk calculating the number of fizzies I had avoided since stopping - the numbers were huge and all added to the motivation - Having quit for 5 days - 40 fizzies! 40 fizzies that would have been downed to be dealt with by my heart, liver and kidneys. 14 days - 112 fizzies! 31 days - 248 fizzies! In all honesty, I didn't feel any better/worse since I stopped - perhaps less spaced out and no more occasional dizziness which I had sometimes felt after consuming. But the knowledge that I felt in control and no longer was risking the quality/longevity of my life gave me satisfaction. In 3 months and 20 days, I avoided 896 fizzies containing copious amounts of sodium, paracetemol and codeine.!!!!
I wanted to contribute again to this forum because as well as I was doing, I did eventually relapse and start taking Solpadeine again. The reason I relapsed was because I wanted to. It wasn't an accident, it wasn't a spur of the moment decision. It was something I had considered for a few days, and decided I wanted to use again. What beat me in the end was DEPRESSION. The build up of so much stress, pressure, failures - working harder and harder to deal with my life, and struggling to see the results of the increasing hard work. A high pressure week at work, relationship pressures, a constantly crying 1 year old baby (although I love him to bits), everything involved in trying to make a nice home and the daily routines, renovation to the house and associated problems. It has all been relentless and I had felt totally alone in trying to relieve the problems and lift myself out of the depression. After consideration, I decided I wanted Solpadeine back in my life. I wanted the familiar feeling of reaching for the fizzies, tearing the strip and watching them dissolve into a glass of water. The pleasure of downing the contents and the resulting good feeling. I felt it would take the edge off whatever I was feeling in that moment and give renewed energy to the tasks in hand. I felt I needed the support of taking fizzies to get me through it all, get through life. So I purchased a box of 32 and consumed the first fix in 3 and a half months….
Happily after 5 days I quit again and flushed the remaining fizzies down the toilet. It's early days but I think the long break has shone a light on Solpadeine for me - having gone back to using I struggled to recapture what I felt I had with it in the past, it even tastes different. Yes it gave me an initial lift for an hour. But then I would immediately go to clock watching for the next 4 hour window to mindlessly consume again and again every 4 hours. And at the end of the day, I felt no better than when I was without it. I sit here feeling Solpadeine for me, for a long time has been something I've reached for to cope with life, instead of dealing with the things directly that have actually caused the depression in the first place. It's taken the break to finally shine a light on it all, as the break and using again are both so fresh, it's been easier to compare the two situations. I thought using again would make a difference, but it didn't at all. Ultimately I didn't want to go back to the world of Solpadeine again and everything that entailed. I'm not saying I'm now home free, but the break I think has been significant for me and being able to cut it permanently from my life. Achieving a break has shone a light on it all…
Good luck to everybody on here on their own paths

My story
Lilypop52Lilypop52 25 Sep 2017 08:01
in discussion Forum / My story » My story

Hi Chris,
I have just read your post, first of all well done for staying of the solps. The symptoms you are experiencing are classic solpedeine withdrawal symptoms and will subside in time. Something that may help if having sweats is have a bottle of water by your bed at night to stop you from dehydration and try drink lots of fresh water in general to help get it out of your system. Also listening to relaxing music before sleep may help you wind down I understand relaxing can be hard with two young children, but try take a little time to look after yourself and you will get through it just take one day at a time. I hope this is of help to you. If you have any concerns talking to your doctor may help. Anyway I hope you feel better soon and good luck with everything 👍

My story by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 25 Sep 2017 08:01
my story
ilovemysonsilovemysons 24 Sep 2017 19:58
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Hello my name is Chris i am 23 and have 2 wonderful sons under 2 and a beautiful partner. I have underlying depression i think as most of my generation now unfortunately suffers and i deal with anxiety but these 2 things i feel i have under control now . i cannot explain how much finding this website has changed things for me regarding solpadeine.

i have been addicted for about 1 year- 1 and a half years now, something like most i am not proud of therefor i came to the decision enough was enough and approach my doctor - who gave me naproxen and told me to forget about solpadeine. So thats exactly what i did i didnt drink another, HOWEVER i was very uneducated as to what was about to happen going cold turkey.

This has been a very bad experience for me and my family and i really feel bad about it .. the first 5-7 days i had constant swets and flu like symptoms and unbearable pains in my legs back hips generally feeling poo. also not being able to sleep just constant tossing and turning feeling really unsettled anxious and depressed.

i really have been starting to feel like it will never end i am not currently on day 13 clean- still not sleeping brilliant and i keep waking up in a pool of sweat. i think im getting better to be honest i want to say to myself i have done really well but my legs and bum muscles are really painful and achy feeling i have been starting to do more excercise and will be seeing a physiotherapist on day 15. but its when i wake up from the 2-3 hours sleep iv had and it feels like i have a hangover x10 literally deaths door.

i am sorry to ramble but i want to make sure i can beat this for my family has anyone had these symptoms am i on the right track is it just time now or shall i be concerned??

my story by ilovemysonsilovemysons, 24 Sep 2017 19:58
Wolf77Wolf77 21 Sep 2017 13:10
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Hi I've been taken solapine for many years now i had got to the the stage where I was takin two tablets ten to twelve times a day i suffer from fibromyalgia and was on a lot of other meds such as morphine and amiitripline and a few others but since the start of the year ive come of them gradually but i just ended up taking more solpo to ease the pain ive been to my doc and asked her to taper me off solo but shes no help so I've cut down myself over the past two weeks i now take one dose every two hrs and finding it hard im literally watching the clock to see when i can my not dose and have given in twice and taken extra my side affects are constant headache feeling cold and sick has any body any advice as its seems to be effecting my mood aswell

Solpo by Wolf77Wolf77, 21 Sep 2017 13:10
My Story
Lilypop52Lilypop52 21 Sep 2017 10:45
in discussion Forum / My story » My Story

Hi everyone
Hope you are all doing well, I'm coming up to my second week free of solps. I know somewhere deep in my mind I'm never going back. Coming off completely was the right thing for me to do I know some people on here have been taking them for years and years and may need a different approach. I'm feeling ok now don't seem to have any cravings feel this is truly behind me now. I didn't realise how strong I am especially as I have never told anyone about it and done it completely on my own. This forum has been a really good way to talk about it without being judged in any way, I shouldn't have to feel so very ashamed but I really do. I feel I have a brand new outlook on any kind of addictions and how it can happen to anybody. It doesn't take long to find yourself in the grip of things I don't think these tablets should be banned just to not have someone wagging their finger at you in a condescending way. I'm sure if I had had someone to speak about it with earlier I wouldn't have got to the stage I was at
Anyway I'll leave it there and maybe check back in a few days

My Story by Lilypop52Lilypop52, 21 Sep 2017 10:45
My story
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
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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
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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
in discussion Forum / My story » My story

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.


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