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    Old 08-27-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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    Vicodin Side Effects


    Has anyone had trouble falling asleep after taking Vicodin? I always thought you were supposed to "crash" after taking it?


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    Old 08-27-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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    Re: Vicodin Side Effects

    Some meds have what they call a "paradoxical effect", or the opposite effect on people. This is the logic of giving ADHD patients amphetamines. The medical community isn't quite sure why this happens, but it does.

    In your case, Vicodin has an energizing effect whereas in others, it's a sedative.



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    Old 08-27-2008, 08:23 PM   #3
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    Re: Vicodin Side Effects

    Hi supermom,
    I've taken Vicodin (hydrocodone) for several years, for breakthrough pain. It tends to have the same effect on me. I don't get "wired" or feel euphoric, but it will keep me awake a bit if I take it too close to bedtime.

    Do you usually take it right before going to bed? If so, you may want to take it earlier in the evening. Hope this helps, CMP/MM

    Old 08-28-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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    This happens with me too.

    Hydrocodone, when metabolized, activates an "excitatory pathway" causing the opposite of sedation. Happens in many but not all. Demerol does this to me as well.


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    Thanks to everyone for your replies!


    Old 08-30-2008, 03:39 AM   #6
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    Re: Vicodin Side Effects

    this is how my methadone work also.
    i like it tho b/c i am so used to just laying around all day when im not at work b/c of the pain,and when i take my methadone it releives pain and gives me that extra little "umph" I need to wash the dishes,clean,etc.
    I remember when I first started the methadone that it would give me that "buzz" or euphoria that alot of people like,but that soon went away,thank goodness!
    Everybody please have a great Labor Day weekend,and I hope your pain diminishes a little so u can have a great day...

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