I currently take vicodin on a daily basis because I have chronic daily migraines due to hypoglycemia... I am only 24 and we've reached a stand still in medical testing to find another way to stop the headaches. I heard there is a medication called tylenol 3 but when I look at the make up of it it seems like it might be the same as vicodin.. I'm wondering if this would be a safer medication to suggest taking. I have been taking vicodin for 2 years now and I don't want to become addicted like they say can happen so I'm also wondering if tylenol 3 is better in that aspect as well. Any other advice with my problem would be appreciated as it seems my endochronologist has given up on my case.
15 Apr 2012
I'll get this done as quickly as possible: Vicodin is marginally stronger than T3 because it is hydrocodon/APAP as opposed to codeine/APAP and that's how the strength table of opiate meds is ordered.
You are already dependent on Vicodin if it's been 2 years (have you tried stopping yet? You'll see... ), but T3 would be cross tolerant (thus prevent withdrawal symptoms) and with less side effects. Down the road it should have a less difficult cessation period as well, as the potency of dopamine receptor effect is less.
And you have the wrong specialist if you want a doctor who will be patient about pain concerns... then, I guess there could be some hormonal condition which causes chronic and acute pain... though I don't know of one.
See a pain specialist or at least a rheumatologist.
15 Apr 2012
Hello mommymaegz, & welcome to the site. I hear you about the migraines, but vicodin can also cause headaches in some people. Tylenol # 3 is basically the same drug in makeup. One is called hydrocodone with tylenol & the other is codeine with tylenol. I had migraines for over 35 years, & during a visit to my rheumatologist had a really bad one. He gave me a shot of Immetrex (back in the mid ninties), & within 15 minutes my headache was gone. There are many meds specifically for migraines. You just haven't found the right doctor yet. It would help to know if you are in the States or a different country. There is a Headache Clinic in Chicago, IL. & another one I believe in Pittsburg, Pa that specializes in nothing but headaches. I am sure there are others around our country too. You can probably Google, & find one near where you live. That is the type of doctor you need to see.
I wish you the best, & hope you can find the right med & doctor to treat this horrible condition. As I said immitrex worked for me, but it doesn't always work the same for everyone. I no longer have migraines after being treated with immitrex shots. You can friend me if you have any more questions or want to talk in private...
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