Posted by jerrympls on March 19, 2006, at 17:05:31
In reply to Re: Vicodin questions............, posted by James K on March 17, 2006, at 15:16:19
> I've had enough surgeries in my life to have a lot of experience with vicodin. I have also had big substance abuse issues. The two never seemed to intersect in my case. I've seen though in rehab the people who became very addicted to pain pills.
> For a while, when I had some, half a vicodin would get me through the last half of the last day of the work week. My aches and pains of chronic fatigue, and annoyance at the world would fade, and I could enjoy and be productive. In a perfect world, I would be allowed one a day as needed for ulcerative colitis and chronic fatigue. But in today's political climate in US at least it is sinful.
> I wouldn't (my opinion only) mention "misuse" to you doctor, or he may yank it. And I've never had access to enough of it for a long enough period of time to discover if it would have become an abuse drug for me.
> Oh, and the tylenol issue is very real, and my mind is blown when I'm in a rehab situation and hear how many some people take in a day. A medical disaster waiting to happen.
> James K
I agree with James - not to mention any "misuse." I always would bring it up to my doctor in this manner:
"In the past when I've been on VIcodin for vairous dental procedures, etc., I've always had such a positive antidepressant response - not a 'high' - just more of a feeling that th ebottom wouldn't drop out from under me and a better sense of well-being."
...which of course was/is 100% true.
Also, there's the problem of too much tylenol (acetometaphen). They say 4grams/day is the limit. This is part of the reason my doctor tried me on the Fentanyl Patch (Duragesic) and then Oxycontin (which is once-daily, extended release - no acetometaphen). However, the Fentanyl didn't do anything and the Oxycontin made me foggy and "stupid." We found a version of hydrocodone that did NOT contain any acetometaphen called HYCODAN. Which is usually a form prescribed for chronic cough. It contains 5mg hydrocodone and a sub-therapeutic level of homatropine. The blurb says that the homatropine is to lessen the chance of any overdosage. I've never looked into how it "protects" one from overdosing. However, I wish there were an extended-release form of hydrocodone. You'd think there would be with its popularity.