I've been on 7.5/500 vicodin twice a day as needed last month my Dr. Uped it to Norco 10/325 twice a day as needed . I am totally terrified I'll end up an addict my Dr. Says I'm in no danger but I'm still scared I will only take one if I can't stand the pain any longer. What's my risk ???
Your risk is only if you have a history of abuse. If not, you can safely follow this Dr's directions. This is a logical increase, a little more Hydrocodone with less Acetaminophen than before. If you do have a history, or, are tempted, tell your Dr., otherwise you should be fine. Hope this helps.
As long as you follow your Drs instructions and take the medicine only for pain, you should not have trouble. Most people who get addicted escalate their doses and take the medications because they like the way the pills make them feel or to get high. Dont wait until your pain is too severe before you take your medicine-it wont work as well! When you feel pain starting, go ahead and take medication. It takes much less medication to stop pain as it starts than it does to treat pain that is so severe you can hardly stand it. Just dont take more than prescribed and only when you need it for pain and you will be fine. If you find that you are craving the medicine or wanting to take it because of the effects (other than pain relief) then let your Dr know-that is a sign that you can be getting addicted. Dont worry about dependence. If a person is dependent but not addicted, they can be safely tapered off their medication once they no longer need it.
Hi Nannie -
I am like you... I worry about such things but never do they come to pass. I have had that conversation about addiction with both my pain management doctor and psychiatrist. I have been on and off but now mostly "on" pain management since 1999 with 3 auto accidents and 2 falls down the stairs. I came off okay when I didn't need them.
I think you have a good head on your shoulders and you sound like you are in control of you. I am one of those people who doesn't medicate to not feel any pain... I want to know where the pain is coming from so I can relate that information to my pm doctor. You sound like you are a bit like that, too. I don't believe you should have any issue at all. I get that you are one busy person and you want to stay "aware" of what is going on in your house.
I truly do feel for you. I am sorry you have also had to deal with that. It is a terrible tragedy to live and witness the wasting away of human lives.
I understand how close to home this hits for you, too. I have dealt with similar scenarios. I have lost two family members to the abuse of alcohol and prescription drug abuse with very bad and deadly results. What a waste and what pain that caused. I don't ever want to lose control of "me" that way.
Like DZoo has pointed out, be responsible for the way you take your medication and you will be okay. If you don't feel okay... tell your doctor.
I hope this has also helped you in some small way to feel better about taking your medication and as prescribed. I wish you much happiness and joy in your world.
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