Citation: Anonymous . "I Realised It Was 8 Years Expired: An Experience with Codeine/Acetaminophen (exp115664)". Erowid.org. Sep 5, 2021. erowid.org/exp/115664
Nausea and Dysphoria Expired Codeine
I was feeling bored and decided to take a standard dose of Codeine/Panadol that I had lying around the house. The moment I took it, I realised it was 8 years expired. I did some hurried googling and didn't find anything too concerning, just that it would most likely be ineffective. However, I did start feeling quite high after about 30 mins and laughing for no reason. Then the negative effects started. I began to feel a bit dizzy and very sleepy. Then I had an intense negative feeling in my chest, like a burning, that felt emotional, but to the point of physical pain. I tried to meditate through it and it intensified.
I then started to feel quite nauseous. At some point I think I got through the emotional/physical pain, and I fell asleep on the couch. I woke every now and then, still feeling nauseous. At some point I threw up. I also had an aversion to light. Eventually I went to bed for the night.
In the morning I felt better, but still nauseous. I couldn't hold food down and threw up twice that day. When I had a shower as I felt the tension leaving my muscles the nausea returned more intensely. That made me think it might be an emotional thing, as I have a history of trauma.
I don't know if the whole thing was an adverse reaction or emotional effect. I did have a similar reaction the previous time I had codeine, which I had forgotten about, but that time I thought it was from antibiotics that I was also on.
Regardless, I probably won't be taking codeine/morphine ever again.
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