Need help - never spoken to anyone about this... by AndrewJamesDYeah you’re right, it is a low dose. But it’s still as hard to come off them completely. Dyhdrocodeine is meant to be twice as strong codeine as it’s a semi-synthetic doubly potent drug. Even now when I’m trying to sleep I’m getting brain ‘zaps’ which are scary. I also have sleep paralysis which is even worse, and it’s getting worse still. I also suffer from depression although it comes and goes. I feel like I should really stay on these tablets until I have a week or two off work - I don’t want it to effect me as colleagues will notice a difference. Like I said I’ve tried it before and it was absolute hell. I really want to do it but it scares me. Having someone to help me through it would be easier I think.