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 there...so 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.