Hi. I understand your concern here.
Are you saying that with the codeine he takes more than the way it is prescribed?
And why does the need the pain medication?
He has been told by his doctor that he can take as much as he likes of the codine. It is not prescribed for pain at all. He has some anxiety issues and i suspect mild bi polar and he started taking over the counter cocodamol because it made him feel better. He realised this was an issue as the amount of paracetamol he was taking in the cocodamol could be harmful and went to speak to the doctor and she said she would prescribe him just codine on its own and he could have as much as he likes basically. I went with him and heard her say this. she said the codine was not as bad for him as pregabaline (which she prescribed for anxiety). I really feel bad questionning her as i am certainly not a doctor, but i am really beginning to question her judgment and am worried she might just end up giving him a problem with suboxone as well. Other doctors he has seen have said that codine should not be continually taken and have even refused prescriptions which makes me question her judgements as well. I think that part of the issue could also be that my husband will say different things to the doctor depending on his mood. sometimes he thinks he's he has been feeling depressed for weeks, when it has only been a few days. When he is hyperactive he will say everything is great and he feels normal (but that is usually only for a week). I notice long periods when he is normal and happy, but he completely forgets about them when he feels either low or high and will tell the doctor that is how he has been feeling for ages.
Yes a few years ago. The psychiatrist said he might have bi polar but because he is able to function normally (job, married, home owner etc) she felt there was nothing more that could be done and he only saw her for 1 hour. My husband will often not recognise there is an issue. He will admit that he has anxiety and sometimes depression and this week he has said he feels very high (not sleeping etc) and he admits he has been addicted to the codine she prescribes him. Sometimes he will agree to see a therapist and we even asked for a private referral to a psychiatric last year, but in a few days time he feels better and cancels the appointment. He has agreed to see a therapist again, but i am just not sure if i should try and stop him going on suboxone, or at least get him to seek an opinion from another doctor on the matter. He is not keen to seek another opinion, as he knows they will tell him to just stop the codine.
The doctor would be prescribing the suboxone to help him come off the codine (not for psycological problems). However, would you judge this to be appropriate when he has not been taking codine since November and only started again a few weeks ago? i am worried it will create a new problem and i am thinking that maybe just stopping taking codine and having a few days feeling a bit ill and possibly getting some therapy might be better. It is not like he is on heroine!