Citation: supersonic89. "Nothing Much, Just Itching: An Experience with Codeine & Tramadol (exp115692)". Erowid.org. Sep 1, 2021. erowid.org/exp/115692
I am 32 years old and have about two years of experience with opioids. Sadly, I live in a country so ignorant about opioids, where tramadol is treated almost like morphine.
In 2019, I suffered a back injury and was prescribed tramadol and almost instantly, I felt in love. The bad thing is that much no longer causes me anything (tolerance it's a bitch) and I can only venture to a few other options available here: buprenorphine, which recreationally is not a big thing but works great as a drug in case of opioid withdrawal, tapentadol, which is something similar to tramadol but it is not a prodrug and has much greater opioid activity, and codeine, which I had consumed in doses below 200 mg.
This weekend I managed to find in drugstore a box with 12 tablets of 30 mg of codeine and also a syrup with 200 mg of codeine. So tonight I'll be enjoying 560mg of codeine. A high dose but not compared to the 1500 mg that I have taken of tramadol or 1000 mg of tapentadol.
T + 0:00: It's around 11pm and this is my favorite time to get high. During the day I take 2.5 mg of alprazolam and 2 mg of clonazepam. Plus about 500 mg of tramadol. I drank all twelve tablets without problems.
T + 0:05: I opened the codeine syrup and tasted it. To my surprise, the taste was very good. I took it almost instantly (in less than 3 minutes), since I understand that with codeine there is no problem of staggering the doses. I am watching Joker on HBO.
T + 0:20: I don't feel much, except for an incredible itch on my head and arms. Not that nausea they talk about it so much. Until the euphoria, it has not arrived.
T + 0:30: The itching still continues, although to a lesser extent. I notice a small disinhibition similar to that of a low dose of alprazolam. But not much euphoria.
T + 1:00: The itch is definitely gone and a bit of the de-inhibition too. Of euphoria, nothing yet. I forgot to say I had something pretty light for dinner almost three hours ago (pita bread with turkey ham and salad), so I doubt this is a factor.
T + 1:30: The truth is that I am already losing hope a bit on this codeine thing. Maybe I don't metabolize it properly? But in that case, I would also have problems with tramadol.
T + 2:00: I took a sip of Diet Coke, since the syrup left my mouth very dry. The only thing I noticed at this point is a slight drowsiness.
T + 3:00: I think at this point, it is correct to say that the experience was a total waste of money and pills. I was hoping to get a little bit of that morphine, which is achieved by metabolizing a part of the codeine.
T + 7:00: Upon awakening, I did not notice anything out of the ordinary; no headache or fatigue, no muscle pain, no dizziness, etc. Everything is normal.
This would be my experience with almost 600 mg of codeine, a fairly high dose. I do not know if I will repeat it again (maybe some other time with less tolerance), since I ended up quite disappointed. I had read many studies where it was claimed that tramadol does not have cross tolerance with other opioids, but this totally proves the opposite (at least in doses higher than one gram it is possible).
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