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I have had sciatica since mid November and had MRI to confirm

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I have had sciatica since mid November and had MRI to confirm . My dr gave me 30/500 co codemol and 5 mg diazepam .and Naproxan. I managed to get down to taking 8/500 co codemol for past three weeks for back pain and 2 mg diazepam . I then cut them out not realising it was the wrong thing to do and ended up with paramedics on my doorstep ! They advised me to go back on the tablets and get advice on how to taper off them . That was a week ago and tonight I'm m having anxiety and heart jitters . Really scared ! Can you please advise me what to do ? I'm desperate ! I have taken one 8/500 cocked ll at 930pm and one 2 mg diazepam at 1030 pm but still have racing heart and I'm pacing . Please can skeins help ? I need advice as to how to cope immediately before I take more and some sort of plan to get off these
these things ?
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.Your current symptoms are suggestive of withdrawal symptoms from cocodamol and diazepam.You can take one dose of diazepam again to slow down your heart rate and control anxiety symptoms.That can be repeated after an hour again if needed. Total diazepam dose should not exceed 16 mg in 24 hour period.Ideally you will need to discuss with your doctor to gradually taper off these medications over 6 to 8 weeks.The dose should be reduced by 1 tablet every 1 week or 10% dose reduction every week to minimize withdrawal symptoms.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5th star).Please bookmark my profile for fast, reliable and authentic answers!This is the link to my profile:
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for replying . Is it normal to have the racing heart and jitters it's co codemol? I am pacing the house ! I'm scared .i do not drink or smoke and these symptons are very scary
These symptoms are more likely from diazepam withdrawal.Cocodamol causes more symptoms like stomach cramps, diarrhea, sweating etc.Hence you will need to take diazepam to control the symptoms for now.Best wishes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Would it be best to ask the dr to get me off the co codemol first and then the diazepam or both at once ? I don't want to go back to this dark place again !!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have had nausea and zero appetite for two days . I am eating a few bites per meal .and I have throbbing in my legs that have kept me awake
It is better to do it one at a time.Cocodamol should be done first.Best wishes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can i ask you for a detailed treatment plan to withdraw me from these medications please ? I really need your help ??! I need a calm mind as I am on my own here , so scared , don't know what to do or who to turn to . It's nearl Sunday and no go til Monday !
You need to specify how much cocodamol and diazepam you take which control your symptoms well.Then i can give you a plan.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have been taking 6 X 8/ 500 g co codemol per day ( last two at bedtime ) plus 2 X 2 mg a day ( one morning , one before bed ) plus 2 X Naproxen ( one morning , one evening )
Naproxen does not matter.So you are on 6 tabs cocodamol daily.You should go down to 5 tabs daily for a week, then go down to 4 tabs daily for a week and so on.After you are done tapering with cocodamol, you can start on diazepam.You can reduce by 1 mg every week ( half a tablet down every wek).
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can I expect to suffer withdrawal symposium whilst doing is and if so what an how bad please ?
That will be much less than stopping abruptly.It will be much tolerable.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry to be a pain but can you be more detailed ? I find the racing heart hardest I deal with .
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you still there dr Basu? I I can take 4 mg diazepam tonight ? Can I take both together for sleep ?
Yes you can take 4 mg diazepam togethe tonight.And continue daily for now till you are able to get off cocodamol.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your help . Last bit of advice is how I can get my husband to take this seriously and offer support as he says the withdrawal symptoms are all in my head . Any words of help ? Thanjs
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Wil I still get a racing heart of withdrawing slowly ?
Your husband should accompany with you on doctor's appointments. for more educatio.He can also look up opiate withdrawal online.Here are some links: wishes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will I get a racing heart whilst withdrawing slowly and will I have anxiety / depression after coming off thes medications ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will I get a racing heart if withdrawing slowly and I will I have anxiety/ depression after coming off these medications ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have two questions left for extra money I paid . Please answer ??
You will not get racing heart if withdrawing slowlyAnxiety depression also unlikely after tapering off. Best wishes