Does Pain Medication Cause Depression And Anxiety?

Question

Asked by Tom Cody

Does Pain Medication Cause Depression And Anxiety?

I take vicodin 10mg about 5 times a day for a shoulder and back injury and have noticed that this medication has started to give me anxiety. Is this normal or is it a seperate problem? I also noticed that I get fluid buildup and headaches in the back of my head. Anyone else ever have this problem?

Answer

None of the things you mentioned (depression, anxiety, fluid build up and headaches) are listed as common side effects of Vicodin, but people react differently to medications so I wouldn't necessarily rule then out as a possibility -; particularly if they started shortly after you began taking the Vicodin. Whether they're side effects or separate problems, you really should talk with your doctor about them.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards