I am supposed to take lortab 7.5mg 5x a day because I have 3 herniated discs from a car accident?
- 2 Aug 2011 by dayturnsnight6
- 4 Aug 2011
- lortab, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, side effect, herniated disc, heart
... But I only take 2-3 pills daily. At first I had no bad side effects but after a year if I take them too late at night I experience what feels like increased heart rate (mild anxiety) and I can't sleep if I try but realisticly its only about 80-90 bpm. My doctor seems pretty clueless about it and says just dont take it before bed time, but then my pain keeps me up. I've even tried to take a 1/4 of the pill and it still happens. Is this normal? Could there be an underlying cause? I'm 24 no major medical history. I've even had a paramedic friend hook me up to an EKG often and all is normal. Is there anything I could take or do to counter these effects? Also is there normally a serious effect of taking such a low dose of lortab at my age even though I need it? I'd rather deal with pain than not see my son grow up. Thanks
P.S. (side notes) Because of anxiety I do consume 3-4 light beers per evening. I dont receive any kind of buzz from the beer or the drug it's pretty much to keep the anxiety level down.(keep my heart from racing out of control) I was supposed to take 1 mg of xanax but I feel xanax and lortab are not a combination I want to get into for the rest of my life. I like to enjoy my life and my son and don't like that xanax pretty much makes me sleep all the time. Same case there I'd rather enjoy spending time with my boy then sleep and be grumpy because he wants to play.
My reply would be to try 1/2 of the xanax instead of the beer. That could end up being a problem also if you continure to mix alcohol with the lortab. I know 2 or 3 doesn't sound like much, but it can lead to more & more. You could even try 1/4 xanax to see if this would calm you down, or you could ask your doctor for a different painreliever if the lortab is bothering you. Everyone is different & reacts differently to each med. As I am sire many here will tell you not to mix the drugs with alcohol of any sort. Habits become bigger habits over time. There are also nerve drugs that help with the pain where as you wouldn't be taking pain meds at all. Some do make you sleepy for awhile until you get used to them, but may be a better answer for you than mixing lortabs & beer. Just my thoughts...
I'd say to cut out the beer for awhile and see what happens, and possibly try a different medication for the anxiety. Alcohol and narcotics just don't mix well. If you look at it - your body is giving you a direct cause and effect: Look at when you are having the heart racing symptoms - not during the day when you take the other Lortab doses, but at night when you drink the beer. Your body is showing you that this combo is not what is best for you. Best wishes -
I guess I should have been more direct with my time line. I started drinking the beer because of the heart racing effect. Not saying that the mixture is a good idea but I have had family members who had taken xanax since it's debut in the U.S. my grandmother died taking 6 mgs a day (not because of the pill just was on it her entire life pretty much) my mom is the same. I have tried other pain meds. Percocet make me uncontrollably dizzy. I am allergic to tramadol (I found out the hard way was prescribed a high dose of ultram e.r. and that was a horrible day) lyrica was ineffective. But I guess I will try a lower dose of xanax but the effect of those 2 together also scare me.
Mixing alcohol with pain meds is never a good idea. It is scarier to take hydrocodone and consume alcohol than to take hydrocodone with Xanax. Like the others said, try a half a tab at bedtime. Hydrocodone is derived from thebaine which can have more of a stimulatory effect than those derived from morphine. You probably have the same during the day, you just dont notice the effects as much because you are busier and are using the energy where at night you are settling in and quieter so it is more noticeable. If you need the medication at bedtime to sleep, you are better off with a bit of the Xanax. Alcohol is stimulatory as well so it is not going to help your situation plus mixing the alcohol with the acetaminophen in the Lortab is really hard on your liver. You could ask the Dr about changing your pain medication to a morphine derivative like codeine or a low dose of immediate release morphine but you might find you are more sleepy during the day.
Try a half tab of Xanax and cut out the beer. Have you ever tried taking the Lortab with a benedryl to help you sleep? If Benedryl makes you sleepy, it may help. Get an okay with your Dr about trying Benedryl with your Lortab before you do it though.
I have tried taking as low as 1/4 of lortab 7.5 before bed and it still has the same effects. And if I take a nap in the day I do feel the same effects, and if I manage to get to sleep my dreams are far from normal. Benadryl may not be a horrible idea I used to take 50mg to sleep when I was 16 and it worked wonders. I see my doctor again in a month so I guess I'll ask then. My sons mom is a pharmacy tech and her pharmacist says to try melatonin. Anyone tried that?
I'm probably saying the wrong thing here, but on the beer thing, I do the same thing with wine at night (or whenever it hits for that matter) for the anxiety because I don't want to take a xanax for anything other than sleeping. As far as the lortab I've never been on it so won't attempt to advise you on that.
Hey the way I look at it with the anxiety, it's cheaper & easier to grab a beer or a glass of wine than to have to make a dr. appt, deal w/waiting rooms, copays (if you even have insurance), drug stores, etc. Call me crazy but that's my logic. The less doctors & meds, the better. I do deep breathing exercises also... I call it "7-11"... deep breath, hold 7 seconds, release slowly for 11 seconds. It helps!
No I hear you it is cheaper. And my doctor said just don't drink in excess. I mean I obviously don't go out and party and take tabs and alcohol. The biggest problems with mild-moderate drinking on lortab is the tylenol and he told me to follow the same rule with lortab as the tylenol bottle describes. Don't drink more than 3-4 beers a day. He knows the lortab in my system has built up a tolerance, and the alcohol as well but the tylenol/beer mixture is bad for the stomach and the liver and those are the two things I'm worried about. But the xanax/lortab mixture is just as bad. Truthfully in an ideal world I wouldn't be touching the tabs/xanax/or beer but thanks to a woman who was on her cell phone and rear ended me in a hit and run and took off after I'm dealing with this for what seems like the rest of my life. The surgeory is looking better and better I can get off of all this nonsense.
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