I've recently had surgery to get my tonsils removed and for pain medicine they gave me the oxycodone pills. The pills are very difficult to swallow since im all swollen so ive had to crush them up or cut them up into tiny pieces to take them. My sister had the same exact surgery done to her 3 years ago and they gave her the Hydrocodone pain medication in liquid form. She gave it to me to use so i wouldn't have to take the pills. The hydrocodone expired 08/2015 but i read that it would still be fine to use it. Even though they are diffrent drugs, they are both used for the same purpose. So I was wondering, could I still use the hydrocodone?
I'm sorry but I can't condone the use of any one else's meds. What if your sister's med said ...
Don't use this after tonsillectomy?
Consumers don't get the same info as providers.
Now... that's over . Lol
You are right about those expiration dates which are a legal form of scamming by the pharmas. Read the history on how these came about.
The only ones that need to stay current are Nitroglycerin, Insulin and Antibiotics.
Why don't you call your surgeon back and ask for the liquid med. it makes total sense! I'm surprised it was prescribed to begin with.
I tried to get my tonsils out a few years ago. He told me I was too old ! How was that for a rude awakening???
I hope they told you about the importance of not dislodging the clot.
He told me that most people run into trouble after going home because that is when the the clot has a higher risk of dislodging. If you start bleeding, go the ER immediately. The head and neck are very vascular with a good blood supply.
Your request is perfectly reasonable and I'd get on the phone now.
Do NOT ever tell a doc you took someone else's meds!
You may be charted as non-compliant which will follow you in your chart.
Better to be safe.
I hope you recover soon !
I think so. Just bear in mind Hydrocodone is slightly weaker than Oxycodone is. But on the positive side it's less addictive. It also may be a little weak bc it's 2 yrs past it's expatriation date. However, most meds don't expire on the date the pharmacy puts on the bottle. Usually you get 1 or 2 yrs more. It varies. Take what the script calls for, no more. You can also call the doc I would think Oxy comes in liquid form too. Tell the doc you can't swallow the pills. One would think the doc would have known this. I had my tonsils out in the 3rd grade. Be sure all you eat is mush. Ice cream is very good. I also remember making mush with graham crackers and milk. I also ate something called Lady Fingers, a very soft kind of cake.
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