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tramadol smuggling ?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by hifinutt, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Prosecution does sound likely. I have some codeine in a cupboard with my name on and a prescription from when I was injured. Legal to own, then. Would I go through customs with them? Not on your life, not without a current script. Would I carry 300 of them, anywhere? No chance. A supply for personal use for a holiday, with a script is one thing, 300 for someone else, regardless of why, is possession with intent to supply. Nobody is so thick that they don't know this is illegal in all countries when it comes to opiate based painkillers. I know bugger all about illegal drugs, or legal ones, but I know Tramadol is a controlled substance pretty well everywhere you go.
     
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  2. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Tramadol is so addictive that it is totally unsuitable for a long term issue like back pain
     
  3. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    What would you recommend as an alternative for long term use in moderate to severe pain?
     
  4. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    Choosing an Egyptian boyfriend with a back problem for a romantic holiday was the first mistake.
     
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  5. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Even if he did ask her to get the stuff, for whatever reason, he'll go free. He's Egyptian and she isn't so if there is to be a fall person (sry) then it'll be her. She may be either duplicitous or stupid. If the latter, I'm sorry for her...a tough lesson is an egyptian gaol and out of all proportion to this particular crime.
     
  6. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I forgot to take my two when I went to bed last night.

    Woke around 2 am with the feeling that things were crawling around inside my legs and severe calf cramping. I was tossing and turning all night with all my arthritic pain flaring up. Soaked with night sweat and feeling very anxious I just couldn’t get comfortable.
    It was only this morning when I woke exhausted that my wife showed me my tablets where I haD left them.

    Got my appointment next week to try and wean off them with my GP.
     
  7. monkfish

    monkfish pfm Member

    Tramadol smugglers would be more box shaped than budgie smugglers.
     
  8. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    What are the rules for codeine in the U.K? There are strong doses in pharmacy medicines available otc.
     
  9. SteveT

    SteveT pfm Member

    I think the 'boyfriend' was the boyfriend of a friend of hers, nothing to do with her.
     
  10. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I've seen reports that the women is 'married' to the Egyptian, and that he has at least one other wife, so possibly not the first mistake.
     
  11. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    Uncomfortable during long flights, unless premedicated with Trammies and duty free downed in the lavatory, in flight.
     
  12. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Wish you all the best for that it is tough to come off them. I was taking 2x in the morning and 2x at bedtime for a few years and had a bloody awful time coming off them.

    Don't try and wean off them too quickly as that can be just as difficult as going cold turkey. I found I had some quite rough nights at first as the tramadol made me sleep deeper but I would wake every few hours and coming off them caused some very weird dreams and sleep to be lighter so I woke quite tired in the morning.

    And believe it or not but sex just before going to sleep also really helped with the restless leg syndrome whilst coming off them (and even if it didn't it was a bloody good excuse)
     
  13. monkfish

    monkfish pfm Member

    Sounds like restless middle leg syndrome, take Viagra to encourage it or think of Theresa May for the opposite effect.
     
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  14. moffer

    moffer Active Member

    I've been taking tramadol for my rheumatoid arthritis for over two years. There's lots of different types of specialised, much more effective, medication available for RA, but I can't take any of it because of serious side effects. Am I addicted?..very probably, but it doesn't bother me as tramadol is one of a very few types of medication I can take that help with my constant pain, so I don't have much choice in the matter.

    Anyway, my GP is careful with tramadol and only prescribes one month's dosage at a time. Tramadol tablets, like most other medication, come in different strengths. I'm currently taking one 150mg slow release tablet twice a day. I used to take one normal release 50mg tablet (which I believe is the lowest mg tablet you can get) four times a day. My GP said that the max dose someone can take is a total 400mg per day. Can't be arsed to do the maths, but it seems as if Laura Plummer has somehow managed to get hold of one helluva lot of tramadol tablets.
     
  15. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    Neither works, it's got a ****ing mind if it's own that thing.
     
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  16. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    OTC you're limited to three days supply of 8/500 codine/paracetamol (acetaminophen as it is called in North America just to confuse the rest of the world). Prescription of 30/500 in 100s for moderate pain is pretty common, 30mg or stronger codine phosphate is also used for severe pain or where taking paracetamol might be an issue, but in smaller quantities.
     
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  17. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    So the otc doses aren't strong in the scheme of things?!
    I took a full dose of otc codine/paracetamol (w/out thinking it through) at work once, and metaphorically went flying.
     
  18. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    In the past I've had Co-Codamol 30mg/500mg prescribed for severe back pain. On the upside it calmed the pain and sent me high as a kite, the downside was I didn't crap for days.
     
  19. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Class B apparently, if not prescribed. I think the OTC stuff is always mixed with paracetamol so that it's impossible to get a "recreational" dose of codeine without poisoning yourself with paracetamol. Straight codeine, which I have, came in handy when I had a tooth removed earlier this year. I did consider taking a few so I could be completely off my t*ts while my mouth throbbed, but decided that a night in front of the telly was recreation enough. I live on the edge.
     
  20. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    My understanding is that paracetamol accentuates the opioid affect so you can take a smaller dose of codeine.
     

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