the ankle will keep me in a wheelchair for life. I am 52years old and also have liver disease. My question is can i switch from the hydrocodone to codeine will i have any withdrawal?
I take the same dosage but only at night for my arthritis pain. How much are you taking of this. If you are taking the 6 a day, you will have to slowly come off of it. Codiene will not help with the pain though. It didn't for me anyway.
With your liver, I understand why you would want to get off of it. My sister in law has HepC but she remains on all kinds of opiods to kill her pain.
You might want to discuss alternatives with your doctor. I would look into alternative therapies for your pain.
Even if you got the highest dosage of the codeine (I believe it's #4, I may be wrong on that) it's not as strong as 10mg hydrocodone. You will probably feel some withdrawal symptoms. That's only my opinion as I went that same route many years ago for a fractured foot. The rapid release meds are not very good for chronic pain. Even when upping the dosage, they will reach a level where they just don't work anymore. Besides that, they never give the brain's systems time to regenerate and puts the internal organs, basically, asleep. Everything slows down. I would suggest asking for an extended release pain med. And have a breakthrough pain med for any flare ups. Although both meds are addicting, the ER ones are better on the system. I really feel for what you are going through. I shattered my mid spine 6 months ago and know what chronic, severe pain feels like.
I do have a lot of difficulty walking, but I can't imagine what it must be like confined to a wheel chair. After my next surgery, I'm hoping to cut down on the extended release meds. They work very well and I was able to lower the amount of breakthrough meds. I would ask your doctor about an extended release medication. Your doctor and you are the ones who make the decisions regarding your pain management. I hope (if you switch to the codeine) that it works for you. Is there any chance at all that you might be able to walk again? Wishing you the best and hoping you can get a grip on your pain.
hi mike, why would you want to switch? if your switching cause of your liver your not doing it the correct way. hydrocodone is very much stronger than codine.and will not work on pain the same way of what your on. if u wana get away from then ask your doc to perscribe it that way
i am also on pain meds and am being treated for hep c. my r/a doctor sent me to a liver doc and that is how i found out all this stuff bout the liver. first of all you need to get on a pain med without all that aspirin and tylenol stuff. get an oxycodone drug or morphine makes an er drug that is good with a break through, but your doc can refer you out and the liver doc will check you out. my liver is a stage 1 so there is not alot of concern about pain meds, but they check it every 6 months. but on your last question, yes you will have withdrawals, of all the ones i have had, hydrocodone was the worst
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