My Codeine Moment

For quite some time I have been having these crazy headaches for a while now. There are moments I would be walking and I get a feeling of sudden dizziness. I usually have to stop when that happens before I fall and the good Samaritans who might decide to loosen me up for fresh air get shocked at faded or lack of undergarments like momma always warned…

I made an appointment with the doctor and told him what was eating me up. He took blood samples against my protests, aren’t there non intrusive ways to get blood without needles, urine and so forth. He suspected it could be low blood sugar, but it seems everything was okay. He then asks me how was work and life in general; he thought I was having stress. I told him everything was okay just a bit of pressure but manageable, he then writes a two day sick off for me to rest and gave me some drugs, codeine was among them. He reminded to take care of myself as there are no spare parts.

When I get home and I begin my two day sick off. I popped the pills and I admit my headache fizzled and I would be feeling kind of like I was floating in the house. I would find my comedy collection insanely hilarious. In the middle of the night when I was asleep I started laughing out loudly! So loudly I was startled and had to sit up for ten minutes. I couldn’t remember why I was laughing so hard that my ribs hurt but it was the weirdest moment I ever had. I went and took out the instructions sheet, I find that it had opiate in the ingredients and could cause hallucinations, no wonder I was so jolly for those couple of days….

What has been your weirdest drug interaction moment?


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2 thoughts on “My Codeine Moment

  1. Hi Mackel9 – hope you are feeling much better now. It was fortunate that your pharmaceutical adventures took place in the relative safety of your home. Many of these drugs that we use for pain relief etc have so many side effects – far too many to list on the drugs sheet. In any case different people react differently to different doses of the active ingredients so at best the drug-sheet is for the ‘average patient’ whom none of us has ever met 🙂

    I have had a few interesting moments with pharmaceuticals over the years and one thing that one learns very early on is that just like with driving, medicines and jon-pombe don’t work well together.

    Stay well.

    1. Hi Woolie, I am muuuch much better now. The headaches are long gone but the pacifying effect still lingers :-). I would like to hear about your interesting moments, I love stories 😉

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