Totally freaked out/scared by neuro's advice
I've been taking Vicodin daily for about two years now for chronic headaches and migraines. I want off the stuff, badly, despite the chronic pain. I started tapering last fall, and made it down to ½ tab a day (I started a thread about it at the time, I was doing so well). Then my life blew up in my face. A LOT of stressors, including a terminally ill parent, and a relocation back home to L.A. that had to be reversed when my house in AZ wouldn't sell. The stress sent my headache pain to new levels, and my neurologist told me to just take the Vic.
I now want to try AGAIN to get off of this drug, but my neurologist doesn't "get" why I want off of something that he says is improving my quality of life. Sure, it helps with my pain, but I hate what the stuff does to me, I know I'm hooked (even at 2-3 pills a day), and I want OFF.
SO . . . I went back to the neurologist yesterday, and he says that at least 50% of my pain is rebound, which I agree with. His solution was to substitute the Vic with another drug for two weeks until the rebound headaches stop, then discontinue the substitute drug.
Here's where I'm totally freaked out. He prescribed a drug called Darvon. I had never heard of it before, so started researching it. OMG! The things I'm reading make it sounds like this drug is far more dangerous, and far more addictive than Vicodin.
Does anyone have any experience with Darvon? If this drug in unsafe, I'm not taking it. Tapering from Vic with chronic pain and rebound headaches is nothing short of torture, but it's a better alternative to getting hooked on something that's even worse.
I'm so freaked out. The doctors I used to see in L.A. were SO cautious about giving out narcotic painkillers. Here in Arizona, they throw pills at me like they're M&Ms. It's scaring me. I want off this Vic, but I want to be safe about it.
Last edited by MvingForwrd; 01-14-2010 at 04:57 PM.