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Just looking for somebody to compare notes with. None of the doctors that I have talked to can give me a single it of helpful information, so I'm the hunt for some information. All that is on line is about addiction and I'm not addicted, or at least don't think that I am and that's part of what I'd like to tlak to somebody about.


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What kind information do need,
This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.

As a opioid it is highly addictable
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Hi Jerry,
I have been using it for the last couple of weeks, Great Stuff! I had oral surgery and was given a prescription, I know that it can be addictive so only took it when I actually couldn't stand the pain, ( I am not into pain) , I asked the pharmacist and he said that it was safer than the pain killers in the past, and less addictive. He said it is Tylenol plus codeine.
Years ago Percocett SP? really knocked me for a loop.

Have you talked to your Pharmacist?

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Hydrocodone is a strong pain killer, but contains codiene plus acetomenaphen, and the codiene can become addicting if taken in large doses and for long periods. It also loses it's effect as you take it for an extended period, requiring you to take higher and higher doses to achieve the same level of pain relief. It's a great pain reliever if only taken for severe pain and for only short periods, like maybe a month. If only taken this way, with long periods between needing them, you won't become addicted.

I was on them several times after I needed major surgery and while recovering from severe burns, but in each case I only needed and took them for a few weeks. Then went long periods before taking them again. I haven't suffered any withdrawl symptoms when I stopped, but greatly appreciated having them when the pain was severe.

After I fell through the floor while fighting a fire and landed knees first on concrete 11 feet down and drove my left knee cap out through my my flesh, requiring 38 sutures to put me back together, I very much needed hydrocodone. The dose they were giving me was very effective, but it only lasted about 4 hours and I couldn't have any more for 2 more hours. The first 4 days were pretty rough,severe pain interspersed with periods of almost no pain, but this was not near as bad as it would have been without the hydrocodone. Is this what you were looking for?

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Be aware that it causes severe constipation as a side effect. I was on it for most of a year after a ruptured disk. If you take less than the max dose, only when you have severe pain, the risk of addiction is minimal.
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Well, I've pretty much told what has happened to me in the past, but maybe not in it's complete time line.

This all started back on July 28th, 2012. My wife and I had purchased some large plants for our padio at Wal Mart and then kgone to a restaurant for dinner. I ordered a steak, rare, by the way.

After eating we headed for home about 25 minutes aswy. When we arrived I needed to get the plants out of the bed of the pick up. The pot for thise plants were pretty large and a little heavy, but only 40 to 50 lbs. When started to lift the first one, I simply passed out and began feel terrible.

I finally got the plants out of the truck, four of them, but went straight to bed thinking that I had come down with the flu. Things got worse for me fast but I assumed that it would pass. I lay in bed for two days getting sicker all of the time. Finally on Tueesday I staggered out to the den and told my wife to get me an ambulance, she had all ready called one for me.

I was in the hospital for about ten days. Very weak, passing blood in my stool and out of my mind with delusions. The doctors didn't know what was wrong with me. My kidndesy shut down and I was getting weaker and weaker.

Eventually I got well enogh to get around with a walker and was sent home, still very sick and while at home I still was fainting
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NOTE: With Jerry's permission, I have cleaned up his post and corrected a few typos.
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Be aware that it causes severe constipation as a side effect. I was on it for most of a year after a ruptured disk. If you take less than the max dose, only when you have severe pain, the risk of addiction is minimal.
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Well, I've pretty much told what has happened to me in the past, but maybe not in it's complete time line.

This all started back on July 28th, 2012. My wife and I had purchased some large plants for our patio at Wal Mart and then gone to a restaurant for dinner. I ordered a steak, rare, by the way.

After eating, we headed for home about 25 minutes away. When we arrived I needed to get the plants out of the bed of the pick up. The pot for these plants were pretty large and a little heavy, but only 40 to 50 lbs. When I started to lift the first one, I simply passed out and began feel terrible.

I finally got the plants out of the truck, four of them, but went straight to bed thinking that I had come down with the flu. Things got worse for me fast but I assumed that it would pass. I lay in bed for two days getting sicker all of the time. Finally on Tuesday I staggered out to the den and told my wife to get me an ambulance. She had all ready called one for me.

I was in the hospital for about ten days. Very weak, passing blood in my stool and out of my mind with delusions. The doctors didn't know what was wrong with me. My kidneys shut down and I was getting weaker and weaker.

Eventually I got well enough to get around with a walker and was sent home, still very sick and while at home I still was fainting and was very weak and sick. I went to my primary doctor who phoned the hospital in Lubbock where I had been. They told him that I had been poisoned with the most severe type of e coli.

After about six months I had recovered to some extent but still easily got winded and out of breath. I had all kinds of tests but the doctors could find no reason for it.

Finally in 2015 I was getting ready for another sonogram and while waiting in the waiting room at the clinic I almost passed out and was sent to the ER and finally to the hospital in Abilene where open heart surgery was performed.

It was after that surgery that my primary doctor prescribed the hydrocodone, three ten mg tablets a day and recently changed to four tablets per day. I have been on it now for 39 months.

I cannot be on my feet for more than two or three minutes without being short of breath and weak. If I have to exert myself, I get the same feeling that I had when I had tried to lift those plants out the truck five years ago.

I take the medicine, one tablet at a time about four to five hours apart. It takes about 45 minutes for the medicine to take effect and it lasts for another 45 minutes and then tapers off until I take another pill. So my life is just one pill to the next, day after day and the doctors can't give me a reason why.

I don't know if my problem is due to the hydrocodone of if I am still sick from the poisoning five years ago and nobody seems to be able to tell me.

Other than that, I don't know how to ask my questions. By the way, I do take lots of stool softener to deal with the constipation. As you might imagine, I learned about that the hard way.

Any constructive comments would be appreciated. My vision in the mean time has really failed me and so there may be several typos in this post, just overlook them as I can't see well enough to really check it out.

Jerry

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Jerry, if you like, I can clean up your post for you. It was a little difficult to read and comprehend. But I am getting better at reading typos. I do it all the time myself. Dang fat fingers.

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Jerry, if you like, I can clean up your post for you. It was a little difficult to read and comprehend. But I am getting better at reading typos. I do it all the time myself. Dang fat fingers.

That wuld be appriciae Mike. I had a hic up with the computer while typing and all of that junk got added.

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I have noticed that upon reaching my mid 70s that the HMO isn't bothering to try to cure anything the way they did in my 60s. Now they just try to suppress the symptoms. I have to be a squeeky wheel and research my condition and insist on resolving the problem. Cure please, not just cover it up with cheap drugs.
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