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Post  thegirlwithbrowneyes on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:48 pm

I was wondering how many of you felt about Hydrocodone for your migraines. I am only using it right now as a last resort (because of the expense of my Relpax <rescue med>. My nuerologist told me that people who use a narcotic to reduce the pain of their migraine often experience rebound headaches...which is the problem as well with going to the ER and having a shot of demerol. He said that it caused rebound headaches. To me, as desperate as I can get, the pain med at least breaks up the monotony of the migraine..Opinions?

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Post  Paradox on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:52 pm

Hi BrownEyes,

I've used hydrocodone daily for, oh man, YEARS! I did go off all med's for about six months, includng the hydrocodone and had the same amount of headaches, just much more severe because I had not rescue drugs.

A failed experiment, but one I needed to try.

Hydrocodone keeps me working, most of the time.

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Post  LG on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:56 pm

I use fioricet with codeine 3-4x a week normally. No rebound here.

Vicodin(hydrocodone) was the first script my doctor gave me. Triptans don't work for me, so all I have to use is narcotics. I never got a rebound from vicodin however, it makes me feel high so I can't take it and take care of my daughter which leaves me in pain during the day anyways.

Every medication is different for people. Some migraneurs have horrible rebounds on codeine and couldn't take fioricet with codeine as often as I do. Some people experience rebounds with hydrocodone too, but you have to try it in order to know.

Being that I don't have the option to take triptans and can only take narcotics, I hope you stick with triptans. Narcotics aren't great for you either...side effects, liver damage ect... Plus I think triptans abort migraines a lot better. Narcotics just take the pain away for a few hours but never actually abort a migraine for me. You can also become addicted or dependent on narcotics and your tolerance will go up which will in turn make you take more pills for the same effect.

I would definitely prefer triptans, but it is a personal decision and if they work better for you by all means explore it. Smile

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Post  LG on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:57 pm

I just realized, maybe to help ease the cost you can alternate. That might be a smart way to go. You would avoid rebounds, keep cost lower and avoid dependence at the same time.

Good luck!

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Post  thegirlwithbrowneyes on Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:14 pm

Thanks!

Yes, I worry about the addiction part because my aunt used Morphine to treat her pain associated with her rheumatoid arthritis and got so addicted that she finally took her own life after years of use.

I really appreciate all the advice and info. I'm making a notebook to take with me to my next doctors appointment and I may be seeking a second opinion.

Thanks.

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Re: Hydrocodone as a treatment

Post  tecky on Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:01 am

For me, hydrocodone gives me anxiety--a feeling like I can't get enough air--not a pleasant experience. I've received it following surgery and once in the ER. I now list it as a drug I'm allergic to because I don't receive any pain relief, only a frightful experience.

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Post  estre004 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:54 am

I've used hydrocodone as often as 3 x a week. No rebound. In fact sometimes I go a couple of weeks without taking it. I find that taking it with an abortive hastens the relief and takes away the drowsiness of the abortive. I also alternate with OTC drugs like Aleve as to not get addicted just because of what I've read about narcotics. I haven't seen it as a problem. They are by far better than OTC and cheap. I get prescribed 30 at a time but try to stretch it over at least 3 months. The last batch lasted 4 months.

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Post  pen on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:26 am

I have never heard of this drug. Maybe we dont get it here, or under another name.

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Post  estre004 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:40 am

pen wrote:I have never heard of this drug. Maybe we dont get it here, or under another name.
It is Vicodin. Does that help? It is a combination of tyenol and a narcotic. It is a great pain reliever, for me anyway. Doesn't take the place of an abortive but helps. I was told by my neurologist to use it as a last resort to just konk out if nothing else works. I have never taken enough to konk out. When I get that bad, I figure I just have to weather the storm.

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Post  pen on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:55 am

I dont think we use Vicodin in UK Linda. I have heard of Vicodin though.
There is quite a difference in the drugs our respective countries use and approve of it seems.
Thanks for explaining.


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Post  Olee on Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:29 am

I use Vicodin to ease my migraines and have for years. I do exercise a lot of self control and have always utilized it as a last resort. When I take Vicodin, it's because the excedrin,the coffee, the topamax, the meditating, have all exhausted their efforts. I try to stretch the prescription of 30 over 2-3 months if at all possible. There have been times when I was lucky enough to go a week or two without. The thought of addiction and just not being able to receive narcotics if I were severely injured or had major surgery, are enough for me to keep the dosage in check. I would say if you choose , use it very wisely and with monitoring from your physician.

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Post  Paradox on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:35 am

I have to agree with Olee and Gia. I was just discussing the rebound effect of hydrocodone, which I don't have any.

BUT, since I have been on it so long I have built up a tolerance to it which bothers me. I am concerned that if I get a very serious illness I'll have difficulty getting pain control.

I think alternating the hydrocodone and triptans is a good idea. Unfortunately triptans don't work for me.

Oh, and I take vicoprofen instaed of vicoden. Vicoprofen has ibuprofen in it instaed of tylenol. My neuro likes it better for its anti-inflammatorie properties. Plus, I don't worry so much about my liver, and my tummy seems to tolerate well.

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Post  AuntieBubbs on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:46 pm

Vicodin never worked for me for my migraines, or even for my daily headaches. My 2nd nuero/pain specialist prescribed it, and it didn't do a darn thing for me. I took it for menstrual cramps instead Very Happy

I think rebound headaches are something the nueros exaggerate. Imitrex doesn't give me rebound, ibuprofen doesn't, Stadol has, but rarely, and Stadol is a narcotic. I never got rebound from vicodin.

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Post  Stillhurtin on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:03 pm

I use Hydrocodone 3-5 dyas a week for my Migraines and have for over a year. (Almost 2) While my tolerance does increase and I find myself using more, I am always fine when I make myself take several days off to avoid addiction/rebound and let my tolerance refresh.

Without it I would not have been able to stay employed as long as I have.

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Post  CluelessKitty on Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:13 pm

On some really weird website I've found this information:

hydrocodone(vicodin) in the uk is called: dihydrocodeinone.
please enter at your own risk though, my Mozilla put this website under the question mark - not the red flash, though:

http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37813

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