I am having back surgery on May 20 & 22 and am worried about the pain medications they send me home with. I have an adverse reaction to codeine (severe headaches, nausea & diarrhea) so what are other pain meds I can take?
There are a lot of other medications that you can take. Just talk to your surgeon and tell him what happens when you take codeine. Some people who have adverse reactions to codeine (and your reactions are very common) do just fine with other pain medications. I cant take codeine because it causes nausea, dizziness and sweating but I can take hydrocodone and oxycodone just fine. Even though the names sound similar to codeine they are not the same as codeine. Some people are sensitive to all opioids and even then something like Toradol may work quite well for you. My mother is very sensitive to opioids, they all give her nausea really bad and she says she gets much better relief with Toradol than anything. It is what she used when she had a laminectomy. So just be up front with your surgeon and talk about your worries and I'm sure he can find something to help you with pain.
- Codeine Information for Consumers
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