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Re: Dr. Whitworth-synthetic pain meds??

Re: Dr. Whitworth-synthetic pain meds??

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Posted by MLWhitworth, MD on May 29, 2000 at 00:51:49:

In Reply to: Dr. Whitworth-synthetic pain meds?? posted by Cynthia on May 28, 2000 at 23:47:24:

The only narcotic medications that are not synthetic are morphine and codeine: these are extracted from the opium poppy. Vicodin has hydrocodone as its active ingredient which is a synthetic.
: Dear Dr. Whitworth,
: After being on Vicodin off and on since spinal surgery 2 years ago, my doc wanted me off codeine. The pain meds he wanted me to try for my chronic tmj pain were ultram and darvon, which both made me violently ill. At your suggestion, I asked him if I could try talwin or hydrocodone compound. He agreed to the talwin, and I've been taking it for about 4 days.(I am also on flexeril indefinitely) It does ok on the pain, but makes feel 'loopy' and a few other negative side effects. I've read this med is SYNTHETIC, as were ultram, darvon. Is this why they don't work as well as vicodin for me? The vicodin just gets rid of almost all my pain without side effects.
: I go for myopoint soon (I'll find out on Mon. what this entails) and I'm hoping for some relief.I don't want to keep experimenting with all these pain killers when I know what works!Is it me, or do others have more tolerance for synthetic medications? Thank you...Cynthia




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