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Intense stomach pains after attempted overdose?

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July 16, 2019 / By Bet
Question: A friend of mine took an overdose, she took around 12-14 pills of co-codomol (1 pill dosage 30/500mg) last sunday afternoon. She told me an hour after she did it and I made her make herself sick to get them out which she did. She sicked up pink. She drank water and ate after. She really didnt want to phone the ambulance and insisted she was ok. She doesnt want to kill herself it was a stupid thing that she regrets and she worries that if she goes to a doctor's that they'll think she is mental. She was woozy but kept awake & slept that night. she's getting stomach pains which increase when she eats. Pressing below her belly button on the pain helps relieve it slightly. She's felt feverish, though not constantly and also had headaches at times. She's trying to eat and carry on like normal but it is worrying. She's considering going to the doctors 2moro but is apprehensive about it. She weighs 8st is 5ft 7 & 13yrs old if that helps, any advice on self treatment & help would be appreciated sorry I spelt the name of the drug wrong, it's co-codAmol. It has paracetamol and codeine in it? Thank you all for your help, i'm with her now to make sure she is safe. I'm scared she's just not gonna wake up you know? I'll get her to drink some milk tonight and go with her to the doctors tomorrow for support. She told me she hasn't been to the toilet yet since, so I agree she must be constipated (she hasnt felt the need to go) should she take anything to help her poo? It's dangerous not excreting waste surely? Help me help her :( Hello Janet thankyou for helping further, she is urinating ok, and doesnt feel hungry as she has been eating. She feels hot right now, do you think I should phone a doctor at this time of night or will she be ok overnight? Would making her sick got rid of most of it, I can only hope? Or did it do no good cos she told me an hour after she took them? Her mum's native filipino and old fashioned and just thinks taking paracetamol solves everything and suggested that! naturally we're not gonna go near the stuff, anything I can do to help her tonight please advize me. ok I got her to check her heartbeat and she got it at 75bpm each tablet contains 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of codeine phosphate, ive got the leaflet from the box here. IShe is also anaemic if that can alter things? Her stomach gargles a lot and it hurts her when it does so. Shall I phone the doctor's myself as her mother isnt taking this seriously and just says to go down there and book an appointment tomorrow. Am I over reacting by being worried as it has been three days? I cant check her temperature and she is quite fine apart from the pain at the moment, and insists she'll be alright but she is scared. She isnt drowzy anymore like she was at first. She weighs 8 and a half stone Janet Update! I phoned the doctors and he advised to drink milk tonight and go in tomorrow, and that she'll be seen right away. We are both calmer now from the doctors reassurance and the great and helpful answers that most of you gave, with a special thankyou to Janet.
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Agas Agas | 8 days ago
Patrick, Is there another name for this co-codomol. I don't know what this drug is? Can you help me? I looked it up in the drug handbook for nurses and didn't see it listed. Okay, Codeine - I understand. I can't find the other drug. The recommended dosage for an adult (I didn't catch her weight) is 10 - 20 mg every four - six hours as needed; not exceed 60 mg / day. So, she took approximately 6X the upper limit of okay for an entire 24 hours in one dose. For this particular drug, vomiting was probably a good thing to recommend. If she had gone to the ER, she would have been given Ipecac syrup to vomit followed by a tube in her nose and activated charcoal to neutralize the stomach contents. One of the symptoms of overdosage of codeine is decreased gastrointestinal motility. In other words, food absorption via the GI system is greatly slowed or even completely stopped; hence the pain and constipation. Therefore, eating is probably not a good idea. No, no food and nothing to make her poo; it could make matters worse. Patrick, there are many other side effects of an overdosage - too many to list. I know you don't want to be responsible for any long-term bodily functions that may be adversely affected by this overdosage. As a friend, the best thing you can do is to insist that she get help. She is only 13 - still basically a child; and she may think she has it all together (remorse, etc.) but she may not realize the damage she has done to her body. The sooner she gets treatment, the better her chances of recovery. Edit: Is she urinating? What is her BP? What is her repiratory rate? Edit: Patrick, I just read some of these other answers - if that Paracetamol is acetaminophen, this could be really bad. She could have easily damaged her liver and/or kidneys by overdosing on this medication. Where are her parents? They need to be involved in this matter - you should not bear the burden of this problem yourself!!! Thanks for responding Patrick - I hate when I worry and get no response. You did the right thing by making her vomit after she took the pills. Do not make her vomit anymore at this point - no. The question in my mind is how much got absorbed before vomiting and how much came out. It is difficult for me to advise you without seeing her and evaluating her condition. I don't know her BP, heart rate, rhythm, respiratory rate, her temperature, mental status, bowel sounds, etc.,etc.) I don't know where you are, but it is not too late to call the Dr. when you are in this predicament. Call the local Emergency room if you don't want to call the Dr.'s office, or call poison control which has a 24 hour hotline. Explain to them what you have said in this posting and see what you need to do. Okay, good; 75 beats per minute is good. Is it a regular beat? Can you count how many times she takes in a breath per minute? Is she able to be aroused enough to hold a thermometer under her tongue? I'm glad you got the leaflet with the information - hold onto that, you will need it. You are a good person / friend for taking on this responsibility, Patrick. Good luck to you.
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Agas Originally Answered: Intense stomach pains after attempted overdose?
Patrick, Is there another name for this co-codomol. I don't know what this drug is? Can you help me? I looked it up in the drug handbook for nurses and didn't see it listed. Okay, Codeine - I understand. I can't find the other drug. The recommended dosage for an adult (I didn't catch her weight) is 10 - 20 mg every four - six hours as needed; not exceed 60 mg / day. So, she took approximately 6X the upper limit of okay for an entire 24 hours in one dose. For this particular drug, vomiting was probably a good thing to recommend. If she had gone to the ER, she would have been given Ipecac syrup to vomit followed by a tube in her nose and activated charcoal to neutralize the stomach contents. One of the symptoms of overdosage of codeine is decreased gastrointestinal motility. In other words, food absorption via the GI system is greatly slowed or even completely stopped; hence the pain and constipation. Therefore, eating is probably not a good idea. No, no food and nothing to make her poo; it could make matters worse. Patrick, there are many other side effects of an overdosage - too many to list. I know you don't want to be responsible for any long-term bodily functions that may be adversely affected by this overdosage. As a friend, the best thing you can do is to insist that she get help. She is only 13 - still basically a child; and she may think she has it all together (remorse, etc.) but she may not realize the damage she has done to her body. The sooner she gets treatment, the better her chances of recovery. Edit: Is she urinating? What is her BP? What is her repiratory rate? Edit: Patrick, I just read some of these other answers - if that Paracetamol is acetaminophen, this could be really bad. She could have easily damaged her liver and/or kidneys by overdosing on this medication. Where are her parents? They need to be involved in this matter - you should not bear the burden of this problem yourself!!! Thanks for responding Patrick - I hate when I worry and get no response. You did the right thing by making her vomit after she took the pills. Do not make her vomit anymore at this point - no. The question in my mind is how much got absorbed before vomiting and how much came out. It is difficult for me to advise you without seeing her and evaluating her condition. I don't know her BP, heart rate, rhythm, respiratory rate, her temperature, mental status, bowel sounds, etc.,etc.) I don't know where you are, but it is not too late to call the Dr. when you are in this predicament. Call the local Emergency room if you don't want to call the Dr.'s office, or call poison control which has a 24 hour hotline. Explain to them what you have said in this posting and see what you need to do. Okay, good; 75 beats per minute is good. Is it a regular beat? Can you count how many times she takes in a breath per minute? Is she able to be aroused enough to hold a thermometer under her tongue? I'm glad you got the leaflet with the information - hold onto that, you will need it. You are a good person / friend for taking on this responsibility, Patrick. Good luck to you.

Tiberius Tiberius
The first side effect listed for Co-codamol is constipation, so I would imagine the overdose would create havoc in her intenstines (hence her "intense stomach pains.") I definitely suggest she go see the doctor b'c she doesn't know what other intestinal damage may've occured. And since she's 13 years old, doctors will understand the hormonal, emotional, etc. changes she's going thru, so please tell her not to be embarrassed about it. I understand her fear, but embarrassment is not a good reason to sacrifice health. Bless your heart for helping her thru the initial stages of overdose; your actions helped save her life.
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Rae Rae
As far as her being "mental"...come on. Maybe she isn't suicidal, but the impulse to self-harm is a symptom of serious mental distress. Now, as she's a minor and has done something potentially deadly, she probably will be taken VERY seriously. Call a local suicide hotline if there are some anonymous ones in the area (poison control sometimes charges for help and they're not always available--you gotta love government cutbacks.) I certainly understand the para-suicidal impulse--I used to self-mutilate, and that impulse might not ever go away completely. Remember, also, that suicidal people are generally ambivalent about dying--rather, they want an end to their problems, a release, an escape. Maybe she didn't want to die, but that desire for escape coupled with a potentially deadly OD might well indicate suicidality. If they say to leave her at home, leave her at home. But if they honestly advise you to take her to the ER, do it. They're not out to make money or get people in trouble--they have guidelines and they want to help. But if they say, hey, better safe than sorry, take her to the ER, do it. Maybe it'll be easier to convince her if she hears it from an outside professional. I'd take her to the ER myself. She could be alive and hate me, what the f*ck do I care. It's better than leaving her to die but having her like you the whole time.
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Marko Marko
Tell her to go to the doctor. They will think that she has emotional problems - which clearly she has, but it could be serious. I'm not a medical professional so I don't know about the dosage, but I do know that overdosing can be fatal even days after the overdose.
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Jermaine Jermaine
Going to the Doctor is a MUST! I am not familiar with that drug as well... But many drugs affect the liver, kidneys, any internal organ. At thirteen she needs to address this now so she doesn't suffer long term consequences.
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Giffard Giffard
The Codeine part wont cause too much of a problem but the Paracetamol can cause liver damage. Too late now for stomach washout as it has been well and truly ingested. http://www2.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100003573.html All you can do now is wait and see what happens. Tell her to drink lots of milk to ease her tummy ache.
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Giffard Originally Answered: I have terrible stomach pains and constipation?
are you sure it's your stomach and not your intestinal tract you're having trouble with? is the pain under your left rib cage or more in the center of your abdomen? your stomach would be under your left rib cage and this could mean you may be developing an ulcer or you may have a slight imbalance of acid and alkaline. for now try some tums or something of the sort. if your pain is more around your navel, under right side of rib to lower left side than it's probably intestinal. are you lactose intolerant? this can cause pain no matter how good your diet. if not than you may need to increase your fiber intake. i would try adding dried prunes every morning and night see if that helps. if you like raisins you may like prunes. if not, look at it like, most medicine doesn't taste good but is necessary. make certain you drink plenty of water when you increase your fiber intake. water allows the fiber to work better and lessens any cramping that may occur. cut down on foods hard to digest like fats. at least for a while. i bought a blender to make fruit/veggie drinks so i get real nutrition. also, i add a protein powder. i have at least one a day. any dairy food can cause cramping when you eat too much, so eat these foods in moderation. most Americans do not eat enough fiber. try to eat 6 smaller balanced meals a day. this will also lessen pain and cramping. for further info go to webmd.com and look up diets. feel better.

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