Re: Pain meds for after surgery? Need advice
Ive had lots of surgery and never had an issue coming off the post op meds, even when meds were taken for a month or longer post op. I would generally start with one or two scripts for percocet and then they would drop me down to lortab 7.5 for a couple weeeks then regular Vicodin 5mgs for a few weeks and then no more. Never experienced withdrawal. The way they were dispensed it was pretty much like a taper. The last script might have been for 30 vicodin and 3 or 4 vicodin a day was never enough to cause any type of dependence issue.
After you have gone through detox, your tolerance will reset, what you took before would likely be way to strong at this point and the more time you put between the last time you had Pain meds and the next time you need them the more any lingering tolerance will deminish. I really dont think you have to worry. if in fact you do start to ask for more than the prior week a couple weeks post op, it means something is wrong and the surgeon should have you come in rather than simply increase you dose when you should be feeling better. I get detox programs are all about abstinence from all substances, however unless you truly became addicted, abused, doc shopped, etc etc, short term use for acute pain shouldn't be an issue.
What kind of surgery are you having, the docs can give you ultram but thats not entirely without risk of dependence when used long term. Anything weaker is going to be over the counter.
Good luck, Dave
Last edited by Shoreline; 09-26-2012 at 08:43 AM.