On codeine

February 10, 2007 at 3:12 am 4 comments

Now this is better than reality. I feel happy and any worries that occur to me are easily dismissed. There’s a smile on my face. Admittedly, when I get up I have to concentrate to stay on my feet and it’s kind of difficult to do anything, but why worry about that?

I’m on codeine. Probably 150mg or so. Codeine is metabolised into morphine in the liver, but only 10% of it actually gets converted. So this is equivalent to 15mg of morphine taken over a few hours. There’s likely a little paracetemol mixed in, but most of that will have been filtered out. Right now I just want to stay floating away on this opiate emptiness forever.

I’ll come down in a couple of hours, but at the moment I’m happier than I have been for a long time. In fact, I’m happier than I have been since last time I used codeine. It’s not going to help me in the long-run, but I haven’t found anything that will.


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  • 1. feartheseeds  |  February 11, 2007 at 12:18 am

    I’ve got 140 Tylenol 3’s in the medicine cabinet saved up from various injuries… for some reason codeine — not T3’s, but in regular Tylenol doses — is an over-the-counter pill here and in Australia. Up to 10mgs in Canada, as long as it’s part of something else (not the pure stuff) can be bought by a nine-year old…

  • 2. experimental chimp  |  February 11, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Same here. The co-codamol tablets I used contain 8mg of codeine and 500mg paracetemol. I got a pack of 32 for less than the cost of a pint of beer, no questions asked at a pharmacy. 24 tablets is about right for me, especially since I don’t abuse them frequently enough to build up any real tolerance.

    This also applies to some other opiates, and also morphine and medicinal opium in very small amounts when mixed with other substances.

    I note that in extracting the codeine, I was briefly in possession of a class B drug. Amazing how separating one thing from another can transform a substance’s legal status.

  • 3. brainistheweapon  |  July 12, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Interesting. I have used and loved codeine for a while now, but recently got a hold of oxycodone hydrochloride. Scary stuff. Really too strong. Anyway, for a great novel written on codeine, read ‘Balloon Cotton Bush’ at http://www.smalldogma.com

  • 4. Sophia Marsden  |  February 14, 2011 at 2:14 am

    150mg of codeine makes you feel like that?
    Man… I always thought I reacted strongly to codeine but now I wonder.

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Hi, I'm James. I'm a 26 year old guy from England with bipolar disorder (currently well controlled). I also have a circadian rhythm sleep disorder (not so well controlled). This blog has charted my journey from mental illness, through diagnosis and, recently, into recovery. It's not always easy, but then, what is?


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