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Pain meds

In the past I had a problem with percocet. My new doctor is giving me a chance on vicodin 5/325 x 2 prn. I weigh almost 300 lbs.
It says prn so if I only take it as needed will the Dr think I don't need it if I don't take it all of the time? I hate giving the number of my pain because if it is too low won't they take it away from me? I feel like it is such a game. I suffer from dd d and 2 herniated disks. Thank God for this doctor!!
Bipolar d/o, ocd, ptsd, bpd, 2 herniated disk, diabetes on insulin, Htn, high lipids, neuropothy.
Meds: klonipin, norco/vicodin, lyrica, psych meds, etc. Late 30s male.


  • "PRN" means as needed, within the dosage amounts and time frame as directed on the bottle. Example , take 1 tablet as needed, every 8 hours means exactly that, if you need it, you should take one tablet in an 8 hour time period.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    with your doctor and pharmacist. Any time there is a discrepancy, error, mistake, shortage of medication, etc you could open yourself up for big problems.

    PRN 0 Latin "pro re nata is simple, taken when necessary

    That has nothing to do with your pain levels. During the course of a day, pain levels can easily fluctuate. So there are times/days you may not need as many dosages. You can not exceed the prescribe dosage , that would be a major problem.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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