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    Old 02-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #1
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    Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    I feel ridiculous even posting this, but I am having a huge issue with Norco. I have been taking 4-6 10/325 Norco for about a year and a half. It barely controls my pain at this point, but my doc is a stickler and won't prescribe more. I thought that I'd just get off of it. The withdrawals were bad for a few days, but not as bad as I'm sure they can be in people who take more. What I was in no way prepared for was the emotional state that being without that small dose of Norco would induce.

    The reason I wanted to stop is because the low dose I'm on only serves to irritate me at this point. My mood is affected and I crave more and more every day, but do not act on the cravings. It's miserable.

    Bottom line: Is it possible to become addicted to such a small dose, or is this my imagination? I really need some help with this.

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    Old 02-20-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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    Re: Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    Hi Angel,
    Sorry, but you are addicted. I was taking about the same amount, if not less, and discovered I was quite addicted when I ran out and could not get anymore. The physical withdrawal was not severe, basically felt like I had a virus for a few weeks. The hard part is the mental addiction. I craved them for months and became very depressed - but it does get better and the cravings lessen as time goes by. I hope you feel better soon.

    Old 02-20-2008, 05:03 PM   #3
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    Re: Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    Possible?? Sorry, but it's pretty damn likely.

    Get some help and get clean.... And if you need us, we'll all be here to help you along.


    Old 02-20-2008, 06:23 PM   #4
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    Re: Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    Angel --- find my original post (the Norco Lurker). Oh yes, my friend.

    You said something that, as I've been tapering, hit a nerve. I would phrase it as:

    the dosage I'm taking isn't giving me that nice Norco high, and IT PISSES ME OFF!

    Stay in touch. For all of us who reply, 100 are nodding their heads silently.


    Old 02-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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    Re: Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    Well yes it is possible to be addicted to 40mg of norco a day. There is a difference between being addicted and chemically dependent to these medications. If you are not prone to addictions problems and took your medication as prescribed then you may only be medically chemically dependent in that anybody who takes these substances will become chemically dependent on them as they change the physiology of the body. What happens to most people is they start taking these medications for pain and as their life begins to fall apart from long term pain related and pain medicine related problems they take the medication more so to numb the reality of their deteriorating life. So yes, the mental part of the withdrawal is very challenging even after the physical part is over. This is how everyday people turn in to addicts. By choosing to take the medication because of the mental trama of everyday life without them you have fallen into the addict category. This process can be stopped and many people are able to successfuly taper off and obstain from opiate use. Recoginize that once the addict is turned on within you it continues to get worse as a disease even if you are not using so unfortunately you need to beaware for the rest of your life that your propensity to become addicted to medications and other drugs has increased because of your long term use even if it started out for legitimate pain purposes. I would recommend a support group like AA or NA to get you through the months ahead. Even if you are not an addict getting a sponsor to help talk you through the mental side of this would help as only an addict in recovery has been through this. Good Luck. You can do this. I did it too.

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    Re: Possible to be addicted to 40mgs Norco per day?

    There is a difference between "addict" or "addicted" and "physically dependent." The addict is someone who "craves" the drug for the psychological and physical feelings drugs provide....Warmth, euphoria, confidence, energy, and so on. Physical dependance is also known as tolerance. Dependance is when your body is used to having something and when it goes without, you get withdrawals. Most legitimate pain patients never have issues with addiction. Cafeine, sugar, and many other substances can cause physical dependency....Just ask the heavy morning coffee drinker. People who take plain tylenol or aspirin for headaches or other pain soon find out that it doesn't work as well over time.

    Your Doc sounds like he is leery of increasing your dose for all the obvious reasons. If you feel like you are having trouble with the pain, ask to be referred to a pain mgt specialist. They are specifically trained in this area and many, many people live, work and have perfectly normal lives under the care of good pain mgt Docs. However, this is an evolving science, and with all due respect, most GP Docs just can't handle it (or want to).

    If you decide to stop taking your meds for whatever reason, there will be an adjustment period as your body has become very accustomed to these meds. The opiates attach themselves to the receptors in your brain and produce endorphins. Therefore, your body stops making it's own endorphins, but will regain the ability once you completely withdraw. The best way is a very slow taper....And I mean very slow....1/2 to 1/4 pill per day and stay at that dose for 4-5 days in a row before reducing again. Since you have a regular supply from your Doc, a good slow taper should be possible. Nothing wrong with going faster, but slower is easier on the body and the brain.

    The human body is an amazing thing and will repair itself for life after opiates. However, you'll have to decide whether or not you can tolerate the pain. Also, if you cut back for awhile and give your bod a break, your tolerance and dependance will decrease and you'll probably find that the Norco works better again.

    Again, I'd highly recommend a PM specialist. Any long term PM patient needs to eventually move from the Norco anyway whereas to avoid the long term exposure to tylenol. There are many, many options for a good PM Doc to consider and I think you would be remiss without at least trying or listening in an appointment or two.

    Good luck and hope this information helps.

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