Tylex...Friend or Foe?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/28/2006 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I've described in my last post the sort of...err (aweful...terrible...not quite strong enough words huh? ;) )...shattering auric migrains I occasionally suffer from.
They never last more than 24 hours, so the next day i'm okay again with a new and profound appreciation of life.
However, about five/six years ago I was working abroad and one hit. It was the full-on nasty: vision, balance, ability to speak - doing my impression of a drunken person stumbling about.
I happened to be working with a lady who suffered migrains every other week. Really aweful, I think I would have topped myself having to live with that - huge amount of respect and admiration for anyone who lives with such pain on a regular basis.
Anyway, she gave me some Tylex (codine phosphate hemihydrate 30mg/paracetamol 500mg). I took a couple and it knocked me out cold - which was utterly fantastic, except for the fact that this migrain went on for three days! I ended up having an injection in my butt to stop me from throwing up and I honestly thought I was going to die. Even after the main effects had past, it took me another couple of days (five in total) to return to normality.
I know everyone's different and everyone has different triggers, but i've heard that there are some migrain drugs that have a tendency to actually aggrivate and make worse symptoms in many sufferers. Is there a list of migrain drugs and the sort of migrains they're supposed to treat/who should avoid them?
Is Tylex a known fellon or is it generally considered to be a safe option? Is it likely to have caused such an extreeme effect or is it more likely to have been coincidence?
Best wishes,

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 9/28/2006 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Marion,

Tylex is another version of the paracetamol and codeine mix. Taking painkillers like these too often can lead to rebound headaches and eventually Chronic daily Headache, which is what happened to me!!

Please bear in mind that I have not had any medical training, but from what I understand headache sufferers are particularly sensitive to painkillers as they (the painkillers) interfere with the body's pain signals. This in turn produces more headaches. However, if taken with care ordinary painkillers and prescription ones too can work well. My rule of thumb is no more than two doses in any one week!

I would still urge you to seek medical advice for your attacks.

take care


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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/28/2006 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi :)

Ah, learn something new every day. Didn't know that, thanks. Will do on the medical front too.

I remember one doctor came out and he gave me two pills - one for motion sickness and the other was just this tiny, tiny little white pill. My god did it do the trick!

He left two behind. They're a couple of years old now so probably not such a good thing, but I keep them aside for an emergency. They were just awesome - 15 minutes and boomph, not just sleepy but conscious with no pain! Love to know what they are.

Codeine is an interesting one because it's an opiate like morphine, I guess that's the sleepy effect? Thing is, if you took a strong enough sleeping aid then I guess a painkiller would be superfluous? Like people admitted to hospital on a bad trip, they don't give them anything, they just knock them out with a heavy-duty sleeping aid until it's over. If you can sleep, you don't need the pain relief unless the pain overrides the sleeping aid - and there are some pretty powerful sleeping aids.

It's an interesting conundrum. I didn't know about rebound headaches. Interesting. I heard that some drugs also contain aspartame which is a not a bright idea really.

Wish there was a bit more openness and plain English about what goes into drugs. It's like E-numbers and food.

Best wishes,

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