Is it ok to top up my regular painkillers with other ones?
I’m prescribed Palexia painkillers for a chronic back problem but even though I’m on the maximum dose, I’m still in pain. For about the last 2 years I’ve been buying 60mg Codeine and 30mg Dihydrocodeine online (they’re totally legit pills - I’m very fussy who I buy from). Thing is, lately I’ve noticed that even when my pain is bearable, I still find a reason to justify taking these extra pills on top of the Palexia I’m already on. I don’t take them to get stoned or anything & I function as normal when I’m on them. I only take the extra pills about twice a day so it’s not like I’m taking handfuls of the things but would this still be classed as an addiction? I know they’re all quite strong painkillers so IF this is classed as an addiction, I could try gradually reducing the pills I’m not meant to be taking - but, to be honest, a part of me doesn’t want to do that & I don’t know why since I don’t take them to get stoned. There’s no point in me talking to my doctor as he doesn’t want to know & it’s because of his attitude that I turned to taking the extra painkillers in the first place. Am I an addict??