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'There's no alternative'

Dr Jeremy Cox, a GP in Wareham, Dorset, takes co-proxamol for his osteoarthritis because there is no alternative.

'Paracetamol is not adequate. Codeine and tramadol make me dopey and constipated. I cannot use NSAIDs because of my asthma,' he said.

'Co-proxamol may not be a drug of first choice but it has a place in treatment.'

He added: 'Accidental overdose is likely to be fatal with many tablets, including digoxin. Should we ban all of them?'

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