I have been taking codeine for almost 10 years, the first three years it was codeine/paracetamol tablets, then just codeine 30mg tablets. I am now taking 360/450mg per day, and have been taking as much for about 2 years. It's not even fun! Of course I can't speak for the entire world but on me codeine is a very dull drug, effect-wise. 2 months ago I quit cold turkey. Well, I tried. The type of person I am, slow tapering never works because I end up eating everything I have in two days. I was quite determined, read a lot about which the over the counter/herbal aids I could get to help. I spoke with my GP who refused categorically to give me any benzo to help with the anxious state and the insomnia. The only thing he gave me was Britlofex (lofexidine). I resisted for 5 days, actually, I had some Kava which helped a bit, and pregabalin (for which I have the prescription) but the panic attacks and severe restless legs syndrome completely broke that little spirit I had. So I went back to the codeine. What I don't understand is how is it possible that this codeine withdrawal is so severe! I have quit heroin hundreds of times, and many other drugs, I have quit benzos another hundreds of times... a few years ago I quit drinking. I quit Tramadol, countless antidepressants, the last one was duloxetine and the withdrawal was brutal and lasted months, but still I managed. All of these I quit cold turkey. And now I can't get rid of this stupid codeine... it's really hard to accept. The lamest drug is really beating me badly this time. Given the fact that my GP will not help on this, can I still make up a successful plan? Obviously cold turkey is not an option, given the latest results. All I have is about 100 x 30mg codeine [with no paracetamol]; 22 lofexidine tablets (2 is the lowest dose and I need to be careful because it makes my blood pressure precipitate); some promethazine; loads of pregabalin. That's about it. Is there anything else I can add to what I have to increase my chance of success? maybe a different antihistamine instead of the promethazine? Also, what is the best way to taper on these 100 tablets? How many days of tapering and how many mg less every day? I really need your input because at this point I don't know what to do, any suggestion and help is greatly appreciated!