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    Old 09-06-2003, 01:49 AM   #1
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    Question Does crushing Vicodin increase its effectiveness?


    I am using Duragesic for control of my severe RSD pain and Vicodin for control of breakthrough pain. However, Vicodin does not work very well for me, if at all.

    I was wondering if Vicodin would be more effective if I crush it between my teeth and swallow it with some water.


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    Old 09-06-2003, 06:03 AM   #2
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    Hi SFangel!

    Vicodin is short acting, there shouldn't be any dif if you chew it...other than chalky teeth. If your BT meds aren't working for you, the best thing is to discuss w/ your doc.


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    Old 09-06-2003, 01:09 PM   #3
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    Hi, karen

    Thanks for your information. I will talk to my doctor about getting a different narcotic painkiller for breakthrough pain. Do you think oxycodone or Tylenol with codeine #4 would be more effective?


    Old 09-06-2003, 10:16 PM   #4
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    It is very dangerous to crush up long acting oxycodone.
    This med is intended to go into your system over time and if you chew or crush it up you might end up dead.
    I have read were people have died doing just this.
    God Speed Jiggy

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