The codeine consumer.
January 28, 2010 5:32 AM Subscribe
What are the risks of regularly using codeine to relieve the pain of chronic migraines?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I recently purchased a package of Oxa Forte, a medicine primarily available in Latin American countries. The ingredients: 50 mg of diclonefac, a NSAID used to treat migraines, and 50 mg of codeine.
Though no silver bullet, this med is proving more effective for me than Fioricet, my preferred go-to med for migraines. (Note: I've tried all the other mainstream meds, so I'm not looking for answers along the lines of "You should try med XXX--it cured my migraines for good!"). What's more, it's not producing the rebound migraines that often accompany Fioricet, and I seem to be free of the constipation and other issues associated with opiates.
The codeine in each pill is still an opiate, though. Acknowledging that you're not my doctor, what risks should I be concerned about? If I were to take, say, one 50 milligram pill for three days, during an extended migraine, would I run a risk of addiction?
How does codeine compare with other opiates like Vicodin or Percocet in terms of addictiveness? Is the 50 milligram-per-pill quantity considered light or heavy, in general terms? In addition to dependence, what other side effects should I be concerned about?