My daughter who is 15 has been suffering from daily migraines since March 2008. She sees a neurologist. They first put her on Topomax-nothing changed. She has now been on HYDROCO/APAP for a month and still has excruciating pain daily. What should we do next? Her grades are suffering and she does not sleep well either. Maureen .
There are several issues here.
The hydrocodone and acetaminophen may well be making matters worse by causing medication overuse headaches (MOH), aka rebound. Pain medications need to be limited to two or three days a week to avoid MOH. For more information on this, please see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires . Another problem MOH can cause it that it can keep Migraine preventive medications from working.
How long did she try the Topamax? It can take up to three months to know if that type of medication is going to w...
Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
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Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
Alternative Names Overdose - hydrocodone; Overdose - oxycodone; Vicodin overdose; Percocet overdose; Percodan overdose; MSContin overdose; OxyContin overdose Symptoms When you take the correct or prescribed dose of these medicines, side effects may occur. In addition to relieving pain, you may feel drowsy, confused and in a daze, constipated , and possibly nauseous. When you take too much of these medications however, symptoms become much more serious. Symptoms include: Extreme sleepiness Breathing problems Small pupils -- the black circle in the colored part of your eye The first thing that will likely occur is that you will become extremely sleepy. Depending on how much you take, this can range from struggling to stay awake to being completely unconscious -- family members may shake you very hard without waking you up. The most dangerous complication of this type of overdose is the effect on your breathing. A hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose can cause your breathing to slow down, become more sh...
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