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Thursday, April 15, 2010 Stan, Community Member, asks

Q: What Pain Med would replace addicted VICODIN ???

Been taking VICODIN for 1 year, & am addicted to it, so no results are received any more..Is there a substitute for same ??

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Cort, Health Guide
4/16/10 12:34am

You've probably become very tolerant to the effects of the hydrocodone narcotic in the drug. You might be okay with oxycodone which is slightly different from hydrocodone. Oxycodone can be found in Percocet, Percodan, Roxicodone and such drugs. 

 

Fentanyl may be a better option since it's not a closely related to hydrocodone as oxycodone. It does work on the opioid receptors in the brain but its a synthetic drug that is not derived from the opium poppy as the other drugs are.

 

Good luck on your search! 

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threewheellady@aol.c, Community Member
4/15/10 6:24pm

After years of Vicoden ES I  was started on Fentanyl Patch at  the lowest level and  with time  increased. Now I am on Kadian 60mg 1Xdaily and am doing great.

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MillieKeyLargo, Community Member
4/15/10 10:15pm

I am confuse..... You say that you are "addicted" to Vicodin??? Do you meant addicted or did you mean that you have created a tolerance to Vicodin and that now it does not work anymore for you??? There is a HUGE difference between addiction and tolerance.

An addict is a person that likes to get high with their medications and a person that do not take their medications as directed, they basically take them recreationally. A person like me, and probably you in chronic pain that has been taken an opiod for a long period of time becomes dependant on that medication, NOT addicted, and sometimes tolerance will happen.

I think that asking your Doctor to switch you to something like MS Contin or even the Fentanyl patch would be a good idea, and anyways you don't want to be on Vicodin long term. Vicodin contains Tylenol, and Tylenol has been proven to cause a lot of damage to the liver, so even the FDA is suggesting "black labeling" Tylenol, so is a good idea to stay away from it. I hope that you find a medication that works for you.

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