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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. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Waiting 3 weeks til alif on s1-l4. Back pain ok on vicodin; numbness, tingling, cold feet, etc horrible at times. Anything to do to help until surgery?

Waiting 3 weeks til alif on s1-l4. Back pain ok on vicodin; numbness, tingling, cold feet, etc horrible at times. Anything to do to help until surgery?

Consider ESI: Call you doc and see if you can get an epidural steroid injection. This can stifle the symptoms until surgery and minimize your need for nsaids (which you cannot take due to bleeding complications prior to surgery) and narcotics. Ice/heat fine, but don't use rubs or patches as they may cause skin reaction necessitating surgery to be canceled. ...Read more

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Hernia surgery under general anesthesia schd in 10 days. Heavy drinker and rec. Drug user. Have used Coke, crystal, Vicodin in last 20 days. Is a 10 day detox likely sufficient to mitigate risk assuming no other health factors. Can't disclose to Dr.

Hernia surgery under general anesthesia schd in 10 days. Heavy drinker and rec. Drug user. Have used Coke, crystal, Vicodin in last 20 days. Is a 10 day detox likely sufficient to mitigate risk assuming no other health factors. Can't disclose to Dr.

Ideally 2 weeks: Ideally you should be clean 2 weeks before general anesthesia The risk is you have a cardiac arrhythmia and die on the table. It is never a good idea to hide your drug use from your physicians because the drugs in your system interfere with the drugs and treatments he/she provides. They may drug test you before the surgery and if positive cancel the surgery. But it's better than dying ...Read more

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Pain management hi, I am completely a nervous wreck. I currently go to a pain doctor because I have severe lower back pain. I am prescribed vicodins. Over thee weekend my back was hurting so bad that I had a few left over percocets from a surgery I had. W

Pain management hi, I am completely a nervous wreck. I currently go to a pain doctor because I have severe lower back pain. I am prescribed vicodins. Over thee weekend my back was hurting so bad that I had a few left over percocets from a surgery I had. W

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment of back pain depends on the cause of the pain. It can be physical therapy, massage, heat pads, medications, injection, surgery. ...
Narcotic medication is not the only treatment. Please discuss with your pain doctor for more treatment options. ...Read more

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Truly allergic to Morphine, Vicodin, Codeine & NSAIDS. Hives, flushing. Would Percocet or Oxycodone be safe for me? Surgery soon & mult health probs.

Truly allergic to Morphine, Vicodin, Codeine & NSAIDS. Hives, flushing. Would Percocet or Oxycodone be safe for me? Surgery soon & mult health probs.

Opioids allergy: Mostly isn't true allergy, however you need to be evaluated first by the anesthesiologist who is is going to care for you during the surgery, who may ask for an allergist input for which drug can be used, percocet an oxycodone are the same family as morphine and codeine, good luck ...Read more

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What is the risk of adverse reaction from fentanyl/versed in egd if I tolerated it during oral surgery and vicodin/valium during balloon sinuplasty?

What is the risk of adverse reaction from fentanyl/versed in egd if I tolerated it during oral surgery and vicodin/valium during balloon sinuplasty?

Probably no risk: Of an adverse reaction, the risk would be with the administration and monitoring. An allergic reaction to fentanyl is extremely rare and you should tolerate the versed if you did the valium. ...Read more

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I have chronic knee pain after years of reconstructive surgeries, vicodin isn't strong enough and endocet gives me rebound pain. What can I suggest?

I have chronic knee pain after years of reconstructive surgeries, vicodin isn't strong enough and endocet gives me rebound pain. What can I suggest?

Genicular RFA: Genicular nerves' radiofrequency ablation (destruction of sensory nerves of the knee joint) has been recently published (pain 2011) and appears to be a good option when further surgery is not possible. I also had success treating patients using this method. ...Read more

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I am taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10-325 after my surgery. They make too drowy is there something else I can take just to take to knock off the edge?

Yes: The opioid analgesic in Norco is hydrocodone. 10mg is the higher strength level. Other options include;
tramadol, tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine, or a lower dosage of hydrocodone at 5mg.
If your surgeon is not opposed, a combination of NSAID 's such as alleve or Ibuprofen, along with a low dose analgesic, work best. ...Read more

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Was on Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 5, 2 tabs every 4 hrs for a month after surgery and am now having withdraws. I don't normally take narcotics. Advice on how to cope?

Was on Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 5, 2 tabs every 4 hrs for a month after surgery and am now having withdraws. I don't normally take narcotics. Advice on how to cope?

Tapering dose: Ask your doctor to help you wean off the narcotic. For example if you are taking 2 every 4 hrs, reduce to 2 alternating with 1 every 4 hrs for a few days, then reduce to 2 every 6 hrs for a few days, then 2 alternating with 1 every 6 hours and so on. You should be able to taper off the med completely in 2-3 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more