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Re: Hydrocodone/vicodin/lortab/norco for anxiety? Chairman_MAO

Posted by jerrympls on March 4, 2006, at 22:55:26

In reply to Re: Hydrocodone/vicodin/lortab/norco for anxiety? jerrympls, posted by Chairman_MAO on March 3, 2006, at 0:17:44

Chairman - you and I are on the same page!

Positive effects of opioids completely outweigh any side effects that I have encountered. My doctor did try my on the Fentenyl patch and 10mg Oxycontin - which was great except for mental cloudiness and not as stimulating as hydrocodone. Now mind you- I got my doc to Rx me an opiate from my impassioned accounts of how hydrocodone had helped my depression/anxiety in the past and ONE study. Of course he talked with collegeus as well.

Anyway - my mother works as na RN in a senior healthcare facility and she's told me accounts where doctors have prescribed opiates for psychotic behavior including anxiety mostly related to dementia - and the results were amazing. This was after trying various mood stablizers and anti-psychotics on the patients too!

I SHOULD be an addict - according to all the liturature, the media, etc because my parents were raging alcholics. My brother smokes pot, my sister is addicted to Ambien - so I should be on crack. But I have - and let me be perfectly clear here and TOTALLY honest - have NEVER abused a substance. The only "thing" I've done is take a couple more klonopin when my anxiety gets rough - but I don't run out of my prescriptions early.

Like you said - my repsonse to having an Rxed opiate along with my other psych meds is typical. You just don't read about this because OH NO! We can't be giving out "feel-good" pills to treatment-resistant foks - then they'll FEEL GOOD quickly - and instead we must follow the Serotonin theory of depression and wait 6-8 weeks while the patient suffers in order to be respectable psych docs! Bunch of BS.

I could go on - but you understand me.

So on to you last suggestion of a DA agonist to help with my unipolar cycling - dips and drops resulting in a suckerpunch of dread and deep depression.....hmmm. I dunno? IN your opinion do you think a DA agonist would help to level things out and keep the floor from falling out?

> another poster basically told me I was crazy for suggesting that opioids be used before antipsychotics in cases of anxiety.
> Well, what do you thnk of the effects vs. side effects of each? :)
> Keep in mind that your case is a TYPICAL response to use of opioids in psychiatry. Very few people end up "hooked". Why would you want to abuse something when you feel great sober?
> The popular concept of addiction in the US, namely that it is the drugs that get you hooked because they're so amazing, that you get hooked the first time you try them, that once and addict always an's all such BS. When will people see the emperor has no clothes?
> Have you considered using a DA agonist (ropinirole, requip) for the purpose you wanted to use lamictal for?




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