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Old 10-08-2004, 08:13 AM   #1
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It was recommended that I put this post here. I hope someone can help.

Can anyone tell me what kinda symptoms happen when coming off hydrocodone? Could you also tell me how to know when the hydrocodone has become a problem.

I just had back surgery on Sept 10. I've experienced severe mood swings and the doctor is very slowly weening me off the hydrocodone (7.5/500). However, at the lower dosage, I'm still feeling a lot of discomfort from the surgery.

If anyone can share their hydrocodone experiences, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Tx, symptoms vary depending on how much you are taking daily and how long you have been taking it. If your doc is slowly weaning you from it, that's good. Do what he/she says and you should be alright. Tapering more slowly will lessen any WD symptoms.

Typical withdrawal symptoms can range from mild nervousness, insomnia, inability to keep yourself [Mostly legs] still in bed, overall crappy & grumpy feeling, to more serious symptoms like diarreah, vomiting, and punching your fists through the bedroom wall for a few days.

We used to jokingly refer to vicodin as 'Grumpodin', due to the pissy, depressed, grumpy way one feels as the effects of the drug wear off. So mood swings are quite normal.

In a nutshell, follow your doc's advice, get off of this as QUICKLY as your pain can handle it. Try switching to advil or another OTC pain reliever as you do this, but avoid tylenol and most importantly ask your doctor what is safest for you.

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Old 10-08-2004, 02:45 PM   #3
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Thanks Octomon. I appreciate your response.

You said follow the doctor but you also recommended a different pain reliever (like advil or ibruprofen or such). Would I do this in lieu of my hydrocodone or after the weened off process?

I think I'm doing ok. Just the moods and the itchies. I certainly want to come off it the right way so as not to cause more problems.

Thanks again.
Hunni

 
Old 10-08-2004, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Hi Hunni,
My point was ibuprofen can help with moderate pain of course, which may help you need less of the hydro, but it can also help ease withdrawal symptoms a bit, when you're tapering from the hydro. Best of luck with the taper!

 
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Hunni, if you had any type of a fusion surgery, stay away from any kind of an NSAID(advil)until you know that you are fusing or have already fused as the anti inflammitory meds will inhibit bone fusion and healing.If the pain is still a little over the top when you are not taking the hydro, see if your doc can switch you to something like darvocet for a week or two.It should be much easier to WD from the darvocet than the hydro.Darvocet also works really well on inflammitory type pain.it sounds like you and your doc are doing everything the right way.i think dropping down to the Darvocet and then to plain tylenol would be the way to go here.ask your doc about this plan.it really worked well for me for my first two C spine surgeries.hang in there Hunni, it will get better with time.Marcia

 
Old 10-09-2004, 08:43 AM   #6
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Marcia: Thank you so much for the warning. I wouldn't have known that NSAID's are not good for fusion patients and I am indeed recovering from a fusion surgery.
I really appreciate your post. Thanks.
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Isn't it amazing in just how much vital info our surgeons fail to give us?i didn't know this either until I went in for my six week check and had been using the advil for the past three weeks prior and my neck never did fuse.had to have another surgery about 9 months later to place flippin hardware.Yea, thanks doc!!hang in there Hunni, this too shall pass.Marcia
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Old 10-10-2004, 08:04 AM   #8
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Most doctors are complete idiots when it comes to medication.

 
Old 10-14-2004, 07:58 AM   #9
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

hunni, I had my pelvic bone fused in december and they stressed that too me so many times,(about the nsaids) but when i had my back fusion they never said anything about it, and when i left the hospital the nurse said to stay on my regular medications, but I stopped my NAPROSYN because I knew it would slow down the fusion process.
SOMETIMES YOU WONDER ABOUT THE MEDICAL FIELD!!??

 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:04 PM   #10
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Re: Hydrocodone - Coming Off

Saw the surgeon yesterday and asked him about the NSAIDs. He said "Oh, Noooo don't use those" I said "well you never TOLD me that" and then he just had a stunned stare on his face. geeeez. Good thing I listen to you guys HA.

Down to 3 hydrocodone per day. Using extra strength tylenol for the other "feedings"

They have now put me on Topamax for the zingers. Anyone else ever used that. Doc said it will make me lose weight. (of course I'll be the only person in the country to GAIN wait on the stupid drug HA)

 
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