I am 30yrs with moderate Hep C. I broke my hand and was prescribed norco 5-325s. They made my abdomen swollen and gave back pain. Then I was prescribed tylenol-codein 3s. They don't work so I decided not to take anything. My pain is more annoying than unmanageable. Tomorrow I am having surgery. What is the most effective narcotic that's safest on my liver and system that I can take temporarily. Also is it safer to take a stronger narcotic than take a safer less effective narcotic more frequently.
Sorry that I didn't see this in August.
I'm more concerned that the norco 5/325's induced ascites (fluid retention in the abdomen) and gave you sore kidneys (a guess) as that suggests your moderate Hep C isn't that moderate at all as ascites is an indication that decompensated liver failure is just around the corner. See your doctor to get a Liver function pathology report. If you drink; stop. The same goes for legal/illegal stimulants: you can't tolerate these at all under any circumstance. Coffee is still on the menu.
For pain management I use Fentanyl as that has the lowest metabolic load of all the opiods (synthetic opiate type medication) but for short duration treatment I'm not sure. I can't tolerate Aspirin, NSAID's or Acetaminophen so if I get a headache I'm in trouble. Chronic pain is well managed.
Finally, I hope the hand surgery was successful and take care of that liver. Steve
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