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Diclofenac and Codeine

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Frances1985, May 24, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    I have been given Diclofenac sodium and codeine phosphate to relieve kidney stone pain. Is it normal to feel exhausted taking painkillers of this strength? I have no energy whatsoever. I realise this could also be caused by the stone itself but I wasn't this tired before. Anyone else experienced taking these meds?

  2. I was in hospital recently with kidney stones - I spent the following week off work feeling absolutely exhausted, and I wasnt taking any painkillers as the stone had passed.
    Having said that, I have had codeine before and yes, it does make you sleepy.
  3. You've been ill! Ill makes you tired!
  4. diclofenac didn't make me feel tired. It's mostly an anti-inflammatory.
  5. I agree with shhh on taking codeine with paracetamol; it worked really well with me. I tried to manage with 8mg codeine if possible as the 30mg made me so drowsy and spaced-out. Be careful with diclofenac as it can cause serious digestive problems even if taken with omeprazole (a stomach protectant). I nearly ended up with a stomach ulcer due to taking it.
  6. If you take it long term ask your dr for an enteric coated version - they don't break down in the stomach so avoid the ulcer risk - not sure why they prescribe ones that are not enteric really.

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