... instead of the Percocet with all that acetaminophen contained in it? I don't find it adds any pain relief & I know it causes liver problems. Thanks for all advice!
As long as you are taking your medicine as prescribed you won't be hurting your liver. Acetominophen is a safe drug as long as you don't take more than 1000mg at a time and no more than 4000mg in 24 hours.
How much percocet and what strength are you taking now? and is it working?
Different people process things differently, and even though the guidelines say you can handle so much acetaminophen daily, I say why subject your body to another chemical (yes, acetaminophen is a chemical) when you don't have to? The oxycodone comes without it - I'd go for anything that reduces the amount of chemicals you are exposed to. I take the straight oxycodone, in addition to my methadone, because my liver has enough to do and doesn't need to have to detoxify my body from the acetaminophen. That's just my opinion.
I believe it is the individual. I was on Vicodin for years which also contains acetaminophen. I had severe problems with common bile duct spasams, which the liver specialist said it was more the narcotic than the tylenol. He did a ERCP (of which I could not take any thing not even an aspirin for 3 days before the test) & when they administered Demerol slowly, I immediately started having the spasams. That backs up the bile in the liver, ie; liver problems, high enzymes, pain, etc.. My brother knowing this asked his pain specialist for straight oxycodone without the tylenol. He takes 30mg. tabs, but also they gave him some Percocet for any breakthrough pain. He seems to be doing fine on this basis. Now I was taking pain meds for over 30 years, & he has just started in the last 10 so like I said it depends on each person & their specific problems.
My liver doc also told me that all narcotics can damage the liver. I'm just quotting here. They put me on Methadone because it is the least likely to give you liver problems if you have to be on pain meds permanently. And again, I'm just quotting. I had to have my spincter valve on the common bile duct opened surgically & haven't had a problem since. I have even taken Vicodin occasionally for other problems, & was recently on Perocet for a for prolapse of my urthea. No problems there either, but these have been short 2 week courses or less. Don't know if I've helped or not just trying to explain what one of the best experts in the field told me.
Happy New Year I hope 2013 finds your controlled pain and a qaulity of life with as few side effects as possible. Now this is just my opinion and I do recommend you discuss your worries concerns with ur doc asap, I would not see any reason not to just switch to the straight oxycodone this change certaintly shouldn't harm u just by eliminating the acetominaphen. However I have no details on your medical conditions or past drug treatments. I do not think your pain managment will b any more effective via the removal of acetominaphen conjunction but no dought this changed would on a certain level decrease risks of liver damage associated with chronic use of acetaminophen. Hope this response helped, please discuss your thoughts and concerns with your prescribing physician asap.
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