I also cannot take any codeine-based pain relievers. And I've been told that without a gallbladder, Tylenol could damage my liver. Is hydrocodone safe for me? Does Lortab 5/500 have enough Tylenol in it to cause concern about taking it?
27 May 2011
It is hard to say whether the hydrocodone will cause you any problems. The codone in hydro codone is a semi synthetic derivitive of codeine so it is possible depending on the severity of your allergy that you would react to the hydrocodone as well. I found the following link which answers this question well:
By the way, Vicodin and Lartab are both hydrocodone, didn't want that to confuse you.
I also don't have a gall bladder. Just don't take more than the prescribed amount of the Lortab and you should be fine as far as liver damage. The Lortab 5/500 pill has 500mgs tylenol so do not take more than two at a time and no more than 4000mgs tylenol in 24 hours.
Keep in mind there are different levels of allergic reactions and I don't no how severe your reaction to codeine is. Opiates in general cause itching because they cause the release of histamines. This alone is not an allergic reaction.
I wish I could give you a straight yes or no, to read more about this topic google codeine allergy and hydrocodone. There are numerous sites that address this topic.
27 May 2011
It's not an absolute but if your allergic to codiene then most likely you will be allergic to hydrocodone. I first had an allergic reaction to codeine about five years ago. I wa then switched to hydrocodone and didn't have any troubles. I was taking it nearly everyday for 3 years. Then one day I had a severe allergic reaction to it If you do decide to try hydrocodone make sure your not alone in case you do have a reaction.
27 May 2011
She is right it is hard to say my Mom is one of those people that cannot tolerate codeine yet after a surgical procedure she was able to take Lortabs which is hydrocodone, The doctor should be aware of you intollerance to Codeine, I think it would be a good idea to remind him just in case and just ask him if it is safe for you to take this since you have experienced problems with codeine in the past, In this fast pace world we live in and with having other patients he still should have a note of that in your chart but a reminder from you will just confirm to you that he is aware of the situation and also verify and clear up any concerns you may have. I wish you the very best
27 May 2011
Thank you all for your responses. Your comments did help and the links you provided had the info that I was looking for.
My codeine allergy swells my tongue and throat - so I can't breathe. Other codeine-based products have made my skin look like I've been dragged across cement. It's worse than just a rash or hives. It looks like bloody streaks just under my skin. It's pretty gross and scary. And the itching is everywhere, even inside my nose and ears.
My doctor is aware of my allergies, but he is old and sometimes forgets, I guess. That's why I try to double check before I swallow anything.
I just had hand surgery yesterday and Lortab 5/500 is what the Rx was written for. I toughed it out all night and this morning it doesn't hurt so bad anymore. I will probably not fill the Rx. I couldn't take anything for pain after my gall bladder was removed in 2008 either.
I didn't know there was an alternative in morphine based medication. I thought all pain meds were codeine based. I appreciate the education.
Thanks so much for your input!
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