Being in chronic pain will make an individual go to extremes to relieve the pain. Like most people, we will try any over the counter treatments before going to the doctor for a prescription drug. You can try acupuncture, Aleve, Aspirin, heat pads or any other easy to get remedies. These remedies are usually temporary and barely treat the pain in the long run. S0 now what? At this point you go to your doctor and he will choose from all the different pain killers. One of the most common first choices will be vicodin.
Vicodin is a combination drug of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (aspirin). Vicodin is commonly prescribed for chronic pain and fever reduction. The hydrocodone portion is an opioid which has addictive properties. The greatest concern is the abuse of vicodin by individuals who use it long term.
Although the medical use to treat pain is well studied, there are vicodin dangers associated with mixing this drug. As an example a carisprodol vicodin combination will increase dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. While a vicodin xanax interaction can result in respiratory depression which might lead to death. Similar dangerous side effects are of concern when you mix vicodin with alcohol or lortabs and alcohol which is the other name for vicodin. So the next time you get injured doing a stupid stunt don’t go to a bar and mix vicodin and beer.
When Vicodin is not just enough, your doctor may switch you to Opana ER which is known as oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid for the treatment of chronic pain. The ER stands for extended release. The most common prescription is opana 40 mg capsules and anything higher might lead to overdose. Opana is so strong that a child can overdose on just one pill. I can imagine that if you become addicted to Opana ER, the Opana withdrawal symptoms will be very harsh.
The side effects associated with Opana include respiratory depression, severe bronchial asthma, constipation, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Also when you get the tablets, dont try crushing, chewing or dissolving them. The tablets are regulated to dissolve over time in your stomach. By breaking them apart, the active is released into your system at a much faster rate which can lead to an overdose.
Hopefully at this point the pain can be treated in order to avoid addiction. Neither drug has good long term prospects for pain treatment since addiction will be the main concern.
Have you used prescription drugs for pain treatment?