Posted by TylerJ on March 15, 2006, at 8:47:49
In reply to Vicodin questions............, posted by fairywings on March 15, 2006, at 0:57:52
> I noticed after my last couple of migraines, that if I took Vicodin I wasn't as prone to get ticked off at my kids when they're doing things that annoy me - like fighting and then carrying on excessively.
> So, yesterday and today I was a bit depressed, pms-ing and really irritable, but didn't have a migraine. I took Vicodin to see what it would do for me, and I was calm and not irritable at all.
> I've been more depressed and more irritable lately, but I'm not on an anti-depressant right now. Is there an anti-depressant that will make me less depressed and less irritable, but not sleepy or lethargic, help with the irritability, not affect my cognitive abilities, and not cause weight gain? Ah, the perfect med. right?
> Should I tell my pdoc what the Vicodin did for me, or would taking it when I didn't have a migraine be a no-no? I mean rationally, I know I shouldn't take it when I don't have a migraine, but does it help to know it affected my mood like that? I'd hate to lose the one thing that really helps when I have a raging migraine.
> Any thoughts?
Vicodin is hydrocodone/acetaminophen, an Opiod agonist w/tylenol. Too much Tylenol is very hard on the Liver...some people have died fom tylenol alone because of Liver shutdown.
Vicodin binds to opiate receptors in the CNS. It can cause euphoria, sedation, hallucinations, confusion, dysphoria, Physical dependence, psychological dependence, and Tolerance. These are just some of the reasons they should not be used on a daily basis for Depression. Or any thing else for that matter.
Me personally, I love the way they make me feel too. But other Drugs also make me feel very good...alcohol, but alcohol isn't a good drug to use for depression...it can cause depression. It used to be my drug of choice, it worked great for my depression, ocd, anxiety and social phobia until I became a full blown alcoholic and I almost lost my wife and my children. And if I ever got a chance I also abused hydrocodone, again it caused family problems and increased my depression when I was coming off of them. First one pill did the trick, then 2, 3, 4, etc. Tolerance big time. Anyway, this is just my opinion and others here are going to disagree I'm sure. And by the way I 've been clean and sober fo 2 yrs. :)
Great for pain, but for clinical depression it is a dead-end!