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Old 02-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Medication side effects breathing problems

Hi all. Several weeks ago I was put on Oyxcodone and Tizanidine. I was taking 1-2 tablets of oxycodone 5 mg at bedtime and 1/2 tablet of tizanidine in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon; then full tablet at bedtime.

It didn't seem to be doing much. So I was taken off the Tizanidine and put on Baclofen 10 mg 1/2 tablet in the morning and 1/2 tablet at night. The oxycodone was increased to 6 tablets maximum 2 tablets in the morning; 2 afternoon and 2 in the evening as needed.

The most I took of the oxycone was usually 4 tablets during the entire day; once in a blue moon maybe 5.

The side effects were driving me off the wall. I was extremely tired; lightheaded; it affected my thinking; and not sure if I was hallucinating as well. Plus I had breathing problems.

I was taken off the Baclofen and some of the symptroms improved. I seemed more clearheaded. But the breathing problems seemed to continue. I even cut back on the oxycodone to 2 tablets at the most during the day. Still have breathing problems.

The doctore is taking my off oxycodone and putting my on hydrocodone. Plus I was put back on the Tizanidine 1 tablet at bedtime 5 mg.

Anyone have success or failures with hydrocodone? Anyone have the symptoms that I did as I mentioned above?

I'm still in pain but it fluctuates on severity.

Thanks for the input.


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Re: Medication side effects breathing problems

Hi Alan...sorry you are so miserable.

I looked up all of the meds and none has trouble breathing as a side effect but you'll be interested to know that Baclofen can cause hallucinations. But too much sedation can cause your breathing to slow but you sound like it's actually hard to draw air....did I get that right? That might be an allergy developing to one of the drugs.

Or....sorry to say, neck problems can do that too if it's above C5. We do have nerves to the diaphragm coming out be careful. It gets any worse...yell for help and demand they find the reason. My post-op neck swelling shut down my ability to breathe. Be careful.

Hydrocodone is Vicodin and is much weaker than oxycodone. But if helps the pain and your breathing then great. There are other muscle relaxers you can try....Skelaxin, Flexiril(cyclobenzaprine), Norflex(orphenadrine citrate), Soma(carisoprodol) and even Valium(diazepam). I find the older ones like Valium and Soma, while making you more tired, work better and the side effects do wear off with time.

For pain, I use Dilaudid...a very powerful drug that is finally in a long acting form. The regular form only lasts about 4 hours but that gives the ability to adjust the dose as needed. I have both 2 and 4mgs pills to use as needed. But the curious thing about Dilaudid is that it works better for bone pain than any other pain med and it makes you wide awake. Docs hate to give it but it is an option to ask about. It's not like you don't need it.

Good luck in figuring out what will help. It's a tough thing to have to do but sooner or later, you should find the right drugs for you.


Old 02-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Medication side effects breathing problems


What I briefly saw as to side effects from both Baclofen and Oxycodone to my understanding both can cause breathing problems. But I will check to see what site I googled and what it said. I think I saw breathing as one of the side effects from both of the medications.

I'm waiting for the Hydrocodone to be called into the pharmacy and see if that works.

I am really frustrated. As to the hallucinations, I noticed on several occasions I would be at my computer which is next to the window in my bedroom and several times I thought I caught something out of the corner of my eye but never was there anything there. Was I hallucinating something? Not sure how to respond either way but it occurred on a number of ocassions that I thought I noticed something outside my window. Felt kind of strange to me and thought I was losing my mind. Also found since being on the medication I was extremely depressed and my mood and thought processes seemed to be different. But seemed to have improved since I came off the Baclofen.

Will I ever have a normal day again? I am tending to think no and it bothers me more then I can put into words. But I ll have to deal with it.

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Re: Medication side effects breathing problems

Oxycodone depresses the central nervous system which can suppress breathing, When I was in such severe pain I took more than I should have and was scolded by the ER doctor and my PT-it could have caused me to stop breathing if I took too much.
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant-muscle relaxants can also suppress the CNS. I was on that too.

ETA-Opoids and opiates are Central Nervous System depressants. Vicodin and Percocet are the man made versions of the opium drug types so yes, they can cause you to have trouble breathing. And a muscle relaxer is pretty obvious since the diaphragm is the primary muscle of breathing.

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