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Can I take vicodin before surgery?

Possibly: It may be acceptable to take vicodin before surgery, but this should only be done in consultation with your surgeon.

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I was prescribed Vicodin for pain after surgery. I took one 5/300 at 7pm and usually take my xanax (alprazolam) 1mg at 11:30pm. Is it safe to take both same day?

I was prescribed Vicodin for pain after surgery. I took one 5/300 at 7pm and usually take my xanax (alprazolam) 1mg at 11:30pm. Is it safe to take both same day?

Probably: You are right to ask. While it is probably safe, you should be cautioned that they interact to increase sedation, and you may need to modify one by lowering the dose.

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How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

Vicodin for days: Vicodin, a short acting narcotic is designed for temporary use for acute pain. It is very dangerous for chronic use and if you are taking this chronically it may be best if you get to a pain management specialist.

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Is it safe to take vicodin for a concussion? I have vicodin from a recent surgery and my headache is awful.

Is it safe to take vicodin for a concussion? I have vicodin from a recent surgery and my headache is awful.

Vicodin: Narcotic medications are certainly not the mainstay of concussion treatment. See your physician for concussion work up and treatment. Pain medications can mask serious problems not only cognitively but intracranially.

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Is it safe for me to take vicodin before my foot surgery?

Is it safe for me to take vicodin before my foot surgery?

Why BEFORE?: If you mean, right before the procedure... Maybe. If you are having it done in a surgery center or hospital, they will give you a lot better meds than just vicodin! if it is at the doctor's office, just ask the podiatrist if it is ok. It depends on what other medications are going to be given to you.

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If I'm allergic to codein (hives), but I have taken percocet in the past with no reaction, is it safe to take vicodin? Vicodin was prescribed for pain after surgery that I will have this thursday.

It prob not allergy: All opiates cause release of histamine, and morphine, Codeine and Demerol have the most, and oxycodone, Methadone and fentanyl do it the least. However, they all can cause some histamine release, and some people get major problems with all of them. Hydrocodone, which is the incredient in vicodin, is intermediate in doing this. You could take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with it - talk to your doctor.

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Can I take Vicodin the day BEFORE surgery? I'm having wisdom teeth pulled and they're putting me to sleep. Interaction with Vicodin and an anesthetic?

Good Question: Is there really any reason to to take the vicodin the day before surgery? Are you in that much pain that tylenol (acetaminophen) is not working? If so, you need to let your oral surgeon know. In any event, only the person administering the anesthesia can authorize the use of sedatives that could adversely affect your care. Give them a call.

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Just had major surgery and now afraid I might get addicted to vicodin. How can I stop that from happening?

Vicodin: This really depends on what type of surgery you had. Typically there is a healing phase and as you heal the requirement for pain medication gets less and less. You should start using less of the vicodin. Do not use the vicodin if you do not need it.

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Tore both rotator cuffs in seperate accidents a month apart. Vicodin not really cutting pain. Wife needs surgery first....Suggestions?

Physical therapy: A physical therapist can show you what exercises and motions to do and not to in order to limit your pain and strengthen the remaining intact muscles. This can often help alleviate the pain in the meantime. Additionally, there are other topical anti-inflammatory medications that can also improve and treat pain, such as patches or creams. Ask your physician for these and referral to physical therap.

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Hi, I am having surgery... The me wants to put my on IR Nucynta (tapentadol) instead of Vicodin. How would it compare to Vicodin? What would be an equivalent dose

About equal: The dosing of IR Nucynta (tapentadol) and hydrocodone (the narcotic in Vicodin) are pretty equivalent. No table I could find shows direct comparison of Vicodin to Nucynta (tapentadol). But 4mg morphine=12mg Hydrocodone. 4mg morphine=10mg Nucynta (tapentadol). So pretty comparable. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr. R

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I had oral surgery 12hrs ago. I'm taking penicillin and vicodin for pain. I was wondering if that can rain BPM? Mine now is 90-110.

Generally: The pain can raise your pulse. If it does not come down consider seeing your doctor for more evaluation.

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I just had surgery and was prescribed percocet and vicodin for pain. Is it safe to alternate taking one and then the other every 4-6 hours?

Yes: Doctors should not give 2 different opiates, because it is confusing. Depending on the dose in the pill, each of these drugs does essentially the same thing. You should not, as it seems you are aware, take them both at the same time. Vicodin is somewhat less strong, and I would use 1-2 of those every 6 hours for mild-moderate pain, and 1-2 of Percocet for mod-severe pain. Alternating is ok.

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Am I addicted? Vicodin q4hrs, for 5 yrs now due to back surgery/NEVER taken more than 4qday BUT I also NEVER "skip" a dose wether need or not!

Am I addicted? Vicodin q4hrs, for 5 yrs now due to back surgery/NEVER taken more than 4qday BUT I also NEVER "skip" a dose wether need or not!

Doubtful: Assuming you are prescribed this medicine for a real pain, and taking as directed, rather than chewing, snorting, injecting or taking multiple doses at l time. BUT speak to your provider regarding you need for this med and if other options will control your pain. Do you crave this drug, can you control your use, would you use it if it caused you harm? Addicts will do these things

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Day after partial meniscus removal surgery. Almost blacked out after getting up to go to the restroom. Taking Vicodin. Did I get up too fast?

Day after partial meniscus removal surgery. Almost blacked out after getting up to go to the restroom. Taking Vicodin. Did I get up too fast?

Drink more fluids!: Orthostatic hypotension (decrease in blood pressure) is likely the cause. Do try and rise to stand slower initially, but definitely drink more fluids, do your calf pumps, ice, and elevate.

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Hi, I am having surgery. MD prescribed Nucynta (tapentadol). How would this compare to Vicodin? Which one is stronger? What would be an equivalent dose of both?

Similar: Nucynta (tapentadol) is similar in strength to vicodin and other opioids that are given for post op pain. There is no equivalent dose, so there is no answer to that question. When it was studied it was compared to oxycodone and was found to be just as effective.

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I had foot surgery 3 days ago and now experiencing extreme constant stabbing pain. I'm taking Vicodin but isn't helping. Is Something wrong?

I had foot surgery 3 days ago and now experiencing extreme constant stabbing pain. I'm taking Vicodin but isn't helping. Is Something wrong?

Be seen: This is not terribly unusual as swelling usually reaches a peak about 72 hours after surgery, so the third day can be the worst. Because you describe your pain as being extreme despite the use of narcotics, I would certainly let your surgeon know. Your dressing should be changed and your incision and foot checked just to make sure you are not having a complication.

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What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch I had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?

What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch I had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?

Many possibilities: There are many options after the treatment you have already received. You may consider another surgical opinion, repeating the epidural, confirming that there is still nerve damage from an emg/ncv test, and/or try other forms of treating nerve pain such as neuropathic pain medications or alternative treatments like acupuncture, .

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Still on vicodin for infected tooth. How many days before carpel tunnel surgery do I need to be off of it?

Still on vicodin for infected tooth. How many days before carpel tunnel surgery do I need to be off of it?

ASAP: You should only be on vicodin until the tooth gets treated, which shouldn't be more than a few days. You can't have carpal tunnel surgery with an active infection. You should get off the vicodin as soon as possible because your body will develop tolerance and pain medications will not be as effective after your surgery.