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Meds ?

Willykade247WWillykade247 Posts: 16
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all,

I have a question about pain meds. I have searched here, and the Internet. I am looking for something similar to what I take now for strength yet without the acetominaphen in it. I take lortab 7.5/500. I am looking for suggestions to talk to my Dr about. I go in the morning at 6:30 a.m. So it isn't long. I have been having some issues that I feel from research are related to too much acetominaphen. So any ideas, or help would be appreciated. I would just like to be well infoed when I visit him tomorrow. Thank you



  • I meant well informed. Again thank you all. This has been a godsend with friends, and information regarding my back. Plus my other spinial issues.

  • There are other meds out there that contain less
    acetaminophen then the 500 per tablet in the Lortab. I know that you can get Vicodin 10/360 which is less. From what I've read acetaminophen is needed to make the codone type of medicines work. I don't know if oxycotin contains acetominaphen The maximum daily limit on acetaminophen is 4,000 before your liver/kidney could start to have problems. If you drink the limit is lower. Your Dr. should know what to put you on drug wise and if you don't like what you hear from the Dr. ask to see a pain management specialist.

  • How long ago was your fusion? How is your recovery going along? Well, Norco 5/325mg has less tylenol too but most surgeons don't like to keep prescribing pain meds for too long,and they more than likely tell you to go to a pain clinic. I'm sure your doctor will have a good idea as to what to prescribe for your pain. I hope you get some relief from your pain. Take care
  • David,
    Good morning, and thank you for the advice. I was taken off of tylox 5/500 which I am understanding is percocet. Or in other terms oxycodone. I had previously before the tylox been taking lortab 7.5/500. At some point the tylox just seemed to stop helping me. So the nurse asked if I still had the lortab's. Then instead of 1 every 4-6 hours. Change dosage to 2 every 6 hours. It helped to a certain degree, but the acetominaphen I think at that level was an issue. I saw the dr yesterday, and mentioned this to him. He changed the meds to lortab 10/500. I would have thought less of the pain side compared to doubling up the 7.5's would have been a big deal. As far as pain. It is funny though how the 10's actually seem to do better at the pain than the double dose of 7.5's, and I'm taking less acetominaphen in the one pill to boot. I know it is only yesterday since I started, but following the dosage scheduale of every 6 hours. I have been able to cut down the amount of pain meds/pills I am taking. I am happy for that also. Again thank you sir for your comments.

    Funny story my est friends of 15+ years. Is also named David. AGain thank you kindly.

    Hi meydey,

    I hope this finds you well. I like your sig spineys rule. I have lurked here for a year before I posted. It was because of someone I met here that I consider a good friend. That I made my first post. I honestly at times can't believe how well caring the community is here. Almost makes me want to cry thinking of it. Sorry for the ramble...back to what I was going to say...

    My surgery was on 3-10 of March. I saw Dr for first post-op follow up yesterday Apr 1st. He told me all the healing looked good. Everything was comming along well. As for me. I have had my good/bad days as I think everyone whose gone thru this has. Somedays pain is low, and acceptable with/out meds. Somedays it is unbearable no matter what you do for it. As for prescribing meds, and you saying Dr's don't like to for too long. He mentioned something about becomming addicted. I told him that I wasn't worried. If you knew me you would know this next statement to be true. I do not drink, or do illegal drugs of any sort. I live a completly sober lifestyle. The Dr mentioed that to me, and I told him what I just said, and that my will is quite strong. That I am not worried. That when it comes time to drop the meds, or taper off. I can, and will do so. I say that with confidence for the following reasons. At the end of '06 say Nov I believe. I had sinus surgery. I couldn't sleep from pain etc. I was prescribed what I now know to be demerol. Worked like a charm for me. Funny thing is a week after that I found out thru MRI my back pain was caused by some bad disks. Long story short. I was on demerol daily for three months. Maybe even four months. 1-2 every 4-6 hours. Beleve me I was taking it too from that pain. After a period of time the Dr said either surgery, or no more meds. I was scared of the surgery so I said no, and no more meds. Quit/done if you will cold turkey. No issues what so ever. So I am not worried in that sense.

    Now funny thing is this. I could have possibly avoided a fusion by getting the microdisektomy I believe it is called, but chickened out. If faced with such an issue again. I will go for, and hopoefully be successful at a less invasive procedure.

    Thank you for your concern, and suggestions. It is true spiney's rule. Goodday meyday..peace to you, and your family. I hope your spinal issues get better for you.

  • HI,
    You could ask for oxycontin. They do not contain any acetominephine. Or, Percocet/oxycodone 10/325, which is a lesser amount.So u know....Oxycontin IS oxycodone,,less the acetominephine. However, as some1 stated,there is a safe level of ingesting "aceto" on a daily basis. IN fact the reason why DR's like to perscribe a narcotic with that in it is because it kinda of "spreads out" the pain relieving effect(for lack of better terms).

    Good luck...
  • Paul,

    The oxycontin would be a no go. Even if the Dr would prescribe it. I had this med when it first came onto the market years ago after a motorcycle crash. The time release didn't work for me. I felt a rush for 15mins then pain for the next 2 hours until the next release of meds. That it has the oxycodone in it may explain why the percocet made me feel uneasy. It also left me with a host of issues regarding my overall attitude. It changed on the Oxy for the worst, and my sleep became a joke. It was approximatly two years to get my sleeping back in order after I took the oxycontin. So even if Dr mentioned it. I would prefer not to. That was also back then the 20mg pill I believe. I am not against trying a time release med. I just didn't have good results with the oxycontin. Any other ideas, or suggestions? Thank you though for your thoughts, and ideas.

  • I think you're the first to tell me you like the "Spiney's Rule"; thank you B)

    It's good to hear that your fusion went well. As you've already found out, we have good days, not so good days, and bad days and it's part of the recovery process. Unfortunately my fusion didn't relieve my pain and neither did the prior microdiscectomy, so I have been on meds like Fentanyl and Oxycontin. Now I have a pain pump because of the chronic back and nerve pain.

    Perhaps your doctor will let you get back on Percocets again with only 325mg of tylenol or straight oxycodone with no tylenol. The 15mg oxycodones have helped me well with the break through pain.

    Please keep us updated and I hope you have a successful recovery. Best wishes for you and your family as well. Take care :H
  • HI
    Well, as I said I'm no Dr and no pharmacist but I have had a lotta diff pain meds perscribed to me. Why not try MS Contin? This is Morphien...time released ("M"orphien "S"ulfate/"contin"= Continuous) Generic. Or you could try the fentanayl patch. I personally didn't care for the patch and re: moods, In my opinion, they all seem to do that. They sometimes make me feel a bit angry for some reason. There are a host of meds out there, I'd speak to your doctor.
    Good luck,

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