Dr. House

By Doctor! - 05/03/2017 00:00

Today, I found that I have a rare side effect to the hydrocodone prescribed after surgery. One pill keeps me up for almost 24 hours. Either I'm in tremendous pain and try to sleep, or I'm not in much pain and stay awake. I can't win. FML
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Have you tried turning yourself off and back on?

Talk to your doctor and see if there is an alternative medication. Normally there are several different types of medicine in case of rare side effects like yours.

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Talk to your doctor and see if there is an alternative medication. Normally there are several different types of medicine in case of rare side effects like yours.

Unfortunately, if one opioid causes this side effect, chances are very good a different opioid will do the same. There's also a good chance your doc will think you're trying to get something stronger since hydrocodone is one of the weaker opioids. See if he can give you a strong NSAID, like diclofenac, so long as it isn't contraindicated.

Switch meds. Hopefully you'll get one that works the best, it's all trial and error.

Have you tried turning yourself off and back on?

Has your doctor not attempted to prescribe alternate medications?

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Wow, that's one of not only most presumptuous and conceited statements I've heard, but also incorrect. Congrats on failing so badly at being a decent human.

Red pill or blue pill?

When I take hydrocodone I can HEAR my EYES move. Not my preferred medication, either!

I had the same experience with an opiate based cough syrup. The full dose knocked me out but made me hallucinate. Not particularly enjoying the trip with demons whispering in my ear and darting in and out through walls, I tried half dose. The half dose kept me wide awake. All things done, I settled on doing the full dose. Maybe ask your doc if you should up your dosage or get a scrip for xanax.

Why do you suggest xanax? I would think a different pain medication, without the negative reaction, would be better for treating the pain; instead of anxiety medication.

Because xanax worked for me on another occasion where I was prescribed a steroid for a herniated disc (steroids also cause insomnia). 5 mg of the stuff puts me out cold. I'm not a doctor though, which is why I added the qualifier in my comment. OP should see a professional for their thoughts.

I'd cut that sucker in half and be in minimal pain while I slept

There's a few different types of pain medication out there, go to your doc and get another type. Myself I slept with a dislocated kneecap and then a surgically repaired knee without painkillers (mine didn't work), not a fun experience.