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Re: percocet & vicodin ES

Re: percocet & vicodin ES

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Posted by John Honsaker on April 19, 2000 at 07:03:38:

In Reply to: percocet & vicodin ES posted by jen on April 18, 2000 at 23:40:20:

: I have a herniated disc (L5) and I've recently been put on percocet, I'm alittle worried about liver damage because prior to percocet I was on Vicodin ES, its been a total of 4 months that I've been on this stuff. Can you tell me what the max. a day is before you have to worry about causing liver damage, and if there is any alternative meds, that aren't tylenol based. Thank You

Hi Jen,
I was on vicoden for about 4 years, percocet before that for about a year. I don't know how long before you would get liver damage or even if you would get liver damage. I am sure that each person is different and that different life-styles, e.g. the food you eat, would make it hard to tell. You are right in questioning the long term use of it but I think you can take it safely for several years. I believe the problem with the vicoden is caused by the amount given. Doctors haven't been giveing the stronger opeium based drugs for the pain because the government had been prosicuteing them as if they were a bunch of pushers. Some doctor's lost everything for giveing strong drugs to their pain patients. They (opeium based drugs) were reserved for cancer patients.
There are other drugs and things that I hope you never have to try. They are reserved for higher pain levels. The government has come to their senses and eased up for chronic pain people so their are many stronger drugs your doctor can use. Many doctor's are conservitive and don't believe in using some of these drugs, they consider them as the last resort.
You can stay on the vicoden for a long time, as I mentioned, the amount is the major determining factor. Pain has a habit of slowly getting worse, the amount of pain meds slowly increase until the pain and meds are affecting your life, then they operate (as the last resort).
Some are improved by the operation some are not.
Good luck and God bless,
John




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