Citation: PBlair. "Liver Pain: An Experience with Codeine (with Acetaminophen) (exp75620)". Erowid.org. Jul 7, 2009. erowid.org/exp/75620
I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I'm an alcoholic. And I've done just about every drug in the book. Anyway...
I was in a foreign country (name omitted to save myself, but suffice to say it's developing) and I discovered that they had 30/500 codeine effervescent tabs. Over the course of a week I began experimenting with them. Trying different combinations including drinking on them. Bad idea.
Over the course of one day, I took roughly 250mg worth of codeine. I had attempted an extraction, but I can't really guarantee how much codeine was extracted. I started at about 3PM and felt great. I slowly sipped the concoction over the course of the evening and by midnight I was feeling good but a little disaffected, kinda weird. I finished the last of it at about 1PM and started kinda getting worried that I might have taken too much.
I sat out for a while and didn't exhibit any of the signs of opiate overdose but about 3AM I started having a pain in my side, about where my liver was. I started freaking out and didn't get much sleep. I woke up the next day and felt miserable, and my side still hurt. I made the decision to go to the clinic.
At the clinic, I was admitted with severe dehydration and possible paracetamol overdose. The estimated possible amount of paracetamol I could have had in my system was 5500mg (I probably extracted at least some of the paracetamol decreasing the potential amount), well below the threshold for a normal person, however I am an alcoholic which greatly decreases the toxicity level. Suffice to say, had I been in a developed country, I would have had access to better health care, blood tests and the antidote for paracetamol poisoning. I had access to none of these.
Now it's just going on 72 hours since I first experienced pains and I'm still alive, but kinda nervous. I was discharged this morning with the instructions to drink plenty of water and juice.
The moral of the story is not to mess with paracetemol if I am an alcoholic. Seriously, it causes some serious problems and I'm still not sure I'm in the clear. Additionally, I ought not mess with drugs like that outside the developing world. I really begin to realize that my life isn't worth anything when I am lying in a clinic watching children die from cholera.
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