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I take 1-2 Valium (diazepam) 5mg daily and 6-8 Panadeine

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Hello I take 1-2 Valium (diazepam) 5mg daily and 6-8 Panadeine Forte (paracetamol 500mg & codeine phosphate 30mg) daily.
I have maintained this regime for the last 4 mths.
My question is with the above medications, frequency and quantity am I doing my body any short or longer term damage?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

with your regimen, you are not doing any short term or long term damage.

your body and liver can metabolize the medications you are taking.

the paracetamol dose is safe for your liver.

diazepam is a long term benzo used to help decrease anxiety symptoms and can be used as a muscle relaxant.

do you have excessive anxiety or worry symptoms?

the combination of valium and codeine can in some patients cause drops in blood pressure, CNS depression, sleepiness.

and codeine can cause constipation as a side effect in many patients. so you may need a laxative if you are constipated to have a bowel movement daily

but if you have been taking these medications and not having problems with CNS sleepiness or motor impairment, that is good.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

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