My husband has been taking vicodin for 3 years he had spinal stenosis which was fixed by putting titanium plates and screw in his spine from c-3 thru c-7 vertabre but he still has pain and he has a severe addiction to vicodin he weighs about 200lbs and some times he will take as many as 25 vicodin a day which are 7. 5/325 mg what is this doing to his body other than what I can see? He also takes sertraline and gabapentin and alprasalam help
Aside from the opiate addiction, he is destorying his liver and kidneys with the overdose of acetominophen (tylenol) in the vicoden. The maximum amount of Vicodin 7.5/325 is 12 per day with the maximum recommended dosage per day being 8 pills. So he is definitely abusing the medication and needs to address this fact. If he is not getting pain relief from the vicodin, then he needs to let the doctor know. If he is taking the vicodin at such high doses because he needs the effect of feeling "normal" then he has a more serious problem. Either way, he is addicted and abusing the medicine.
You have a choice to make, you can not say anything, you can confront him, or you can tell his doctor. He needs help and obviously has issues that need to be addressed.
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I am on chronic pain medication I am on a for of the medicine he takes for breakthrough doctors with knowledge are very concerned about people who take more than 12 tablet of hyrdrocodone the kind that has 10mg of hydrocodone and 325mg of tylenol, as Laurie has mentioned to you it destroys the liver (or at least causes serious damage), it makes the job the kidneys are supposed to be doing (filter out toxins nore difficult) he can cause problems with decreased respirations especially it and the aprolazam, the more he takes then the more his body requires in order to keep things in control, He needs to be open and honest with the prescribing doctor, these medications cannot be abruptly stopped and he is going to need medical support in order to get through this, I wish I could give you answers that were of more help, My mother went through this with a blood relative, I had Polio and that effects it has had in my life but I have no more rights once I am doing something that is a danger to my life then is when it;s time for them to have a very serious talk with me and about what is not going to be tolerated any longer in your home, it's not a life for either one of you either! I pray that you will be able to talk with him
I was working two jobs about 96 hours a week with maybe 30 mins to 45 mins of sleep a night. My friend gave me about 5 of them, as I took them I realized they gave me energy to function. Well about 6 months later I realized I was addicted to them as I was taking about 10 to 15 a day. Doing cold turkey is the worse feeling of anything. Tell him to go to suboxen.com and find a Dr in your area. I found a Dr who helped me in a way I cant explain, suboxen is amazing and will work for him. If hes taking 25 a day all he will have to do is take 1 or 2 suboxen under the tongue as they desolve and it works all day. Trust me this is the way to go. I was clean for years until I popped 3 disks out at work and pinching on my sciatica nerve. I take them when I need them and can find them as my Dr wont prescribe me anything as its workmans comp. But telling you from previous exp this is the best and easiest way. I no longer take anything now I excercise everyday and run.
I hope this helps you and may God help your husband on this journey, just keep in mind that he has a amazing wife who wants to help him this is your first step... Good luck mam
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