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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 9/11/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anybody else take codeine, Is it safe to take long term

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 9/11/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carmen,
I have been taking codeine for at least 30 years 30mg twice daily.  I'm on it so long now that I don't think it would be safe to come off it.  I have to take it for diarrah (sp !)  Have you just started or are you on it a long time.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 656
   Posted 9/11/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I take codeine occasionally, for joint pain and diarrhea--far less often than my very experienced doctor recommends. He says that you can't become an addict if you take a constant, small dose of codeine for a valid, prescribed reason. The reason that I don't take it frequently is that, since I can't drink alcohol (both because of Crohn's and because I'm on 6MP), the codeine provides the only relaxing buzz I ever get, except for hot baths--and I'm afraid that if I take it every day, I'll lose that effect. So I only take the codeine when I've absolutely run out of energy to deal with the pain or the endless trips to the bathroom. I'm reliably informed (by my doctor and others), though, that daily codeine to deal with CD symptoms will not hurt you.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 414
   Posted 9/11/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 90-150mg every day for diarrhoea, been on it probably about 7 years. Only thing thats ever worked for me! The only thing that sucks is when I am in pain nothing can help as my tolerance to opiods is so high now!

gemini kiwi
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 9/11/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I take Codeine daily. Not much but enough to get through my day. GK
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