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Old 11-04-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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Vicodin headache?

When I took oxycodene it gave me a headache and now I just got a new prescription for Vicodin just to help me when I can't stand the pain. I am also taking Neurotin and Amytriptolene. The problem is now I am getting bad headaches (migraine type as I do get those) from the Vicodin. Then I have to take my Fiorinal w/codeine for the headache. I have taken 4 of those pills today and I still have a bad headache and my tailbone pain which the Vicodin and Neurotin are for is still there and I have to go work 10 hrs tomorrow and also go to PT during that time. The drug that is suppose to help me is making me worse. The PA that gave me the drugs is very good but it would still mean another appointment and I have 1 hour of sick leave and some regular leave since I have already had two back surgeries this year. I guess when it rains, it pours. Does anyone else get headaches from Vicodin? Any other suggestions for drugs to take? Thanks for letting me rant.

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Re: Vicodin headache?

I got a headache from Vicodin once. The dr told me I had a "rebound headache." It is a type of migraine that happens sometimes from pain meds. The only thing that helped was sleep. Dr told me not to take anything but Benadryl. The Benadryl helped me sleep. After about 24 hours it had gone away.

Old 11-05-2007, 03:43 AM   #3
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Yes what your having is in fact a rebound headache. i got them from percocet but went away after about 2 months on them and just switched to hydromorphone for BT pain and get them from it. benadryl does work some but just to help you relax and mabey sleep. I found that a dose of Excedrin migraine worked wonders for me at getting rid of a rebound headache. Everyone is different though so try a few different things OTC and see what works best for you. If you have a cold pack or some of those pain patches that get cold(sold OTC at any drugstore) they worked VERY VERY well with the migraine type rebound headaches when applied directly to the forehead. I have also heard that a medicine sold OTC called Head On for migraines worked well for others but have not tried it yet myself. When I get one I usually now pop 2 excedrine migrains and use a cold pack or cold patch to ease it away in about 15 mins to 30 mins. hope this helps you....also ask the PA-C who RX'ed the vicodin to you what to do as well either next visit or over the phone so you dont lose hours. PT ppl might be able to suggest something as well. Keep us updated as to what you tried and if anything worked because alot of others can use this info as well.



Old 11-05-2007, 08:08 AM   #4
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Re: Vicodin headache?

Yep! Rebound headache.

And the suggestion to take Excedrine (migraine) is the best I know of. I believe it's the caffeine in Excedrine that really does the trick, so you might try a cup of coffee if that's to your taste.


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Re: Vicodin headache?

Just an FYI,but that caffiene being a dilator is is actually a vasoconstrictor.that in and of itself can cause a rebound effect with a headache.if you are vulnerable to migranes,you might want to try,with your docs okay of course,to go off the elavil(just to see if this might help).i was on elavil for about two months way back when to try and see if this would keep my migranes from coming back,it actually made them much worse.don;t know why,but it did effect them.once i went off the elavil,things went more back to normal and i just went back to treating my migranes individually with midrin?this is really a great headache med for vascular type headaches and a wonder med for my migranes.this is a vasoconstrictor with also a very mild sedative effect.don't really feel that part,i just can function without the insane 'aura' that always comes before my migrnaes hit and then that throbbing headpain.this med has saved my sorry butt from many a migrane.been on it since it came out like in 1978?you might want to actually try midrin instead of vicodin for your headpain.

the reason vascular headaches require a vasoconstrictor is the way the headache syndrome actually starts and creates the headache.for whatever reason(can be stress,tension or even what normally can trigger migrane in you individually),the arteries will over constrict themselves which will create these sort of 'distress" type signals to be sent to an area of the brain that is telling it it is not getting enough blood/o2,what happens after all these signals keep getting sent is the vessels will OVER expand or dilate,not the normal dilation ,but a big over dilation which is what actually causes that throbbing and pounding.the part the vasoconstrictor actually plays in this whole syndrome is it actually keeps those vessels from the over expansion down to just regular know what i mean?it just keeps them form overdoing that job.

the caffiene being in both fiorinal and fioricet is basically doing that very same is over expansion of arteries that cause the head pain,not the actual constriction.but the constriction can cause the tightening effect that leads to the headache,but then it is actually needed to correct the whole process again.kind of screwed up,but thats essentially how my neuro explained the vasoconstrictor role in treating head pain from a vascular trigger.

the big thing about caffiene tho is if you are using it everyday like in coffee or pop or even taking caffiene tabs just to keep from falling asleep on all the meds we take,is the brain gets used to that more constricted type of status since it is being kind of kept in that mode by regular intake of it,but when that caffiene stops being fed up there,THATS when you can get a big over expansion of arteries that WILL cause a horrid caffiene WD type of headache just becasue the arteries are not more constricted anymore.i got a doozy when i was in the hosp one time and did not take any caffiene that morning becasue i was having,about 4 o'clock,bam,i got hit with one hell of a headache,i finally figured out that it must be the lack of caffiene tabs so i got one out of my purse and within about a half an hour,that horrid headache was just gone.the arteries constricted down to the more "normal" size and the throbbing went away.caffiene is a pretty strong type of med actually just because of that vaso effect it has on arteries.something to just watch out for if you take in caffiene on a daily basis.hope your headpain gets better soon.marcia
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The problem is that if you are in fact having rebound headaches, your fiorinal is making it worse, not better. Taking anything, OTC's, headache meds, ect. more than once or twice a week can cause rebound headaches. The solution is simple, but painful. Get a proper diagnosis. If it is rebound headaches, the treatment is to stop all OTC and headache meds for several weeks. You will have headaches, but you don't treat them. Eventually the rebound will stop, and as long as you only take these meds sparingly, you will feel much better.

I had to do this because I was having rebound headaches from excedrin, goodys powders, ect. I had daily headaches, and took these meds at least once a day. I was ruining my stomach, so I had a added reason to stop. It was hard for a week or two. But now, I don't have anywhere near as many headaches, and since I rarely treat them, when I do, the meds work, and work well.

Talk to your doctor and see what he recommends. I hope you feel better very soon!


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