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Is vicodin an appropriate medication for medium-severe sciatic pain?

Is vicodin an appropriate medication for medium-severe sciatic pain?

Short-term...: Vicodin is a combination of a narcotic and acetaminophen, and can be helpful for significant acute pain. One disadvantage is the combination- there is a limit to the dose that can be given, as higher levels of Acetaminophen are toxic. In general, narcotics like vicodin are not a good idea for chronic, non-cancer pain due to problems with physical dependence and addiction. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Howquickly does the effectiveness of vicodin decrease?

Howquickly does the effectiveness of vicodin decrease?

Vicodin : Onset: ~20min; duration of action ~4 -8hrs (1/2 life elimination ~4hrs). Effects can be variable depending on liver health, rate of metabolism, rate of excretion (gi, kidney), drug-drug interaction & whether or not opiate naïve. Genetic variations in cyp2d6 (poor or extensive metabolizers) may also influence effect. "effectiveness" diminishes rapidly if you're asking about its euphoric effects. ...Read more

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I take vicodin 7.5 for two years. They are not helping like they used to. Would skipping a day every now and then help with their effectiveness?

Not for long term: Vicodin, because it is short acting and has Tylenol (acetaminophen) in it, is not for regular or long term use. It is not in any way appropriate pain management for chronic pain. Perhaps it is time for getting clean and getting your true health condition off of it evaluated. ...Read more

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My Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) decreases effectiveness of vicodin been on both for awhile vicodin works when i don't take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but i need both. What should I do?

My Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) decreases effectiveness of vicodin been on both for awhile vicodin works when i don't take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but i need both. What should I do?

See below: I have no concern about overdose. But is interesting that the opioids work less on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). It makes one wonder exactly weekday kind of relief you are trying to get from the opioid. I suspect it is more than simply relief of pain. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in both legs from cyatic nerve injury was seen in er. They gave me vicadin and sent me home. Nothing working. What should I do?

Extreme pain in both legs from cyatic nerve injury was seen in er. They gave me vicadin and sent me home. Nothing working. What should I do?

Sciatica : Sciatica typically comes from a pinched nerve root in your back. This may be due to a herniated disc. I usually treat with oral steroids. Sometimes a medication called Neurontin (gabapentin) helps with pain. You should have an MRI if symptoms persist or if you have weakness or bowel/bladder problems. It usually resolves without an operation but surgery to decompress the nerve may be needed. ...Read more

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Why do I still have sciatic pain after laminectomy from l-2 to s-1?

Why do I still have sciatic pain after laminectomy from l-2 to s-1?

Residual?: If the pain never improved, there is a chance you might still have residual narrowing around a given nerve or nerves. Talk to your surgeon. Scarring and other post-op changes sometimes can sometimes transiently contribute. ...Read more

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If i irritated the nerve or nerves contributing to the sciatic n. due to sleeping on the floor,, What should i do to treat it?

If i irritated the nerve or nerves contributing to the sciatic n. due to sleeping on the floor,, What should i do to treat it?

MoreComplicatedIssue: First, if you have to sleep on the floor try and get some form of firm cushioning even if it's only putting a few towels or blankets down.That would be better than sleeping on a too-soft mattress.Second, that's not usually the cause of "sciatica,"if that's actually what you have (there are a lot of mimics).What do you do with the 'x' number of hours that you're awake?Sit all day? Lift stuff? ...Read more

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Ok to take vicodin n nyquil together?

Vicodin + NyQuil: Do not take both of these drugs together. Nyquil has a significant amount of alcohol. This combination would be the same as taking vicodin with an alcohol beverage. This combination will have an additive depressive effect on your body systems and could very well have serious adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Lower right side back pain. Hard to move. Very painful 3 days now. Been using ive flexerill n vicodin no help. Pain does not radiate down?

Lower right side back pain. Hard to move. Very painful 3 days now. Been using ive flexerill n vicodin no help. Pain does not radiate down?

SEE YOUR DOCTOR: Your medications indicate that you have very many complex medical conditions - hypertension, diabetes, probable rheumatoid arthritis, depression and severe coronary disease. Your pain needs to be evaluated by your physician in the context of all your other problems. I understand you want relief, but it is ultimately more important to find a cause and treat it directly, and not mask the symptoms. ...Read more