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Re: Vicodin and Percocet for Depression clubfitter

Posted by Quintal on August 11, 2007, at 20:59:57

In reply to Vicodin and Percocet for Depression, posted by clubfitter on August 11, 2007, at 19:42:25

I've used opiates to control depression and anxiety since quitting benzos over a year ago. I use the small amounts of codeine salts available in OTC codeine products here, which amount to ~50mg in total using high-strength brands. Tolerance to the 'mood elevating' properties of opiates can happen very quickly. This has happened to me, but I can regain some of the effects by withdrawing for a week or two to regain my tolerance.

As you know, some people here have been prescribed opiates for depression, but I've found people taking opiates for psychiatric purposes curiously resistant to the idea of tolerance and addiction, even when tolerance is obviously happening. It's just the result of the brain adapting in response to chronic expose to the drug, there's no moral judgment on the part of the opiate (one would hope). So I think you'll get plenty of frank, honest, advice about that, and what to do about it, on this forum: That link leads to a message board which contains images that some might find disturbing. I know for some that will only pique curiosity even more...

I've found withdrawal symptoms to be quite mild from low doses of codeine/dihydrocodeine, and that dopamine agonists can suppress them:





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