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Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH? Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

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Unread 12-26-2007, 01:23 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Has anyone else had problems w/pain killers? I'm sure I'm not alone. I throw up from codine, Lorcet, and Darvocet. Ultram makes me dizzy, but does nothing for the pain. The last 2 knee surgeries and shoulder surgeries I had to use Ibuprofin. I tried Percocet in the hospital, but had to go on anti-nausea meds, but they still didn't help. I went off on the second day because I was so sick and could only stay awake for 5 minutes at a time. Anyways, I'm now using 800 mg Ibuprofin/8hrs and 2 Tylenol/4 hrs. It sort of helps. I'm a little nervous about so much meds, but not sure what else to use. I am really sore from the Dr. cutting so much scar tissue away, everything was stuck together. Let me know what you have found helpful. Thanks.
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Unread 12-26-2007, 01:39 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Talk to your dr about possibly trying Motifene, with a "stomach liner" medication like Zoton. It generally works for those who have problems with codeine and codeine like medications.
Just a suggestion, your doctor would know what is best.
Unread 12-26-2007, 07:44 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Hi Butter,

The Ibuprofen and Tylenol are not a problem for the length of time you're going to be using them. Long term use of Ibuprofen can do damage to the lining of your stomach. Often it's recommended that you take Ibuprofen with food or milk just to coat your stomach and help protect it. If you're doing fine with those two over the counter meds then stick with it. If you're not, I would contact your doctor and let him know that you're having sensitivity problems with the narcotics. There are thousands of options out there, and he/she may know exactly what will work without upsetting your tummy.

You may also want to try applying alternating heat and ice. They can be very comforting.

Good luck and keep us posted, as there are lots of other women in the same boat. Peace to you!

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Unread 12-26-2007, 09:14 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

i too have problems with meds. they put me on morfine the first day. second day i threw up- gave me anti nausua meds and something to relax me then the introduced the tylonal 3. it worked the first couple days, but made me so sleepy - i have just switched to motrin myself and am hoping stomach can handle it for the time i will need to take it.
Unread 12-26-2007, 10:08 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

I was wondering if maybe you might be able to take Toradol. They were piggybacking that with Dilaudid for me in the hospital.
Unread 12-26-2007, 11:07 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Butter Fly,

I have a horrible problem taking narcotics (codeine, morphine, lorcet, percocet, oxycotin, etc.). As a matter of fact, I had a horrible reaction to oxycotin when I was in the hospital. I ended up in the cardiac care unit for 2 or 3 days following having 2 doses of it. I even tore open part of my incision (it was closed by staples). It was horrible. So, I can feel for you.

Really there is nothing that I can take other than Tylenol. I was on 1000mg of it following my surgery because I had to have something. I just was grateful that I told the anesthiologist that I didn't want an epidural of any kind. He was planning on giving me an epidural of the oxycotin to control my pain following surgery, and I refused because of my past drug allergies/reactions.

The two things I can tell you is to wear comfi clothes, nothing tight or binding, and be prepared to just rest for a while. As for medicines...take your Tylenol, even if you have to take it an hour early, take it. The pain I had just took my breath away. Take Gas X, and and for the prescription version of Ducolax. Both helped me tremendously. I lost my appetite following surgery, and having a bm was another tremendous feat.

I wish you luck!
Unread 12-26-2007, 11:28 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Butter Fly,
You are not alone. I too had the same problem. In fact, I can't even handle Ibuprofen. From day 2, I just took 1000mg. of Tylenol every 4 hours. As long as I took it easy, this was okay. I even tried taking Phenergan along with Hydrocodone but it didn't work. I liked not feeling so drugged. Good luck!
Unread 12-26-2007, 11:42 AM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Tramadol is very similar to Codine. I finally had to settle on Morphine. I am also taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I am weaning off the ibuprofen and the morphine.
Unread 12-26-2007, 05:41 PM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

Hi butter fly! I too have reactions (puking) to those meds that you mentioned! I can't take tylenol w/codeine either or we get the same result. But I found I was okay with the morphine as long as I didn't take too much and when I drank water I got sick too! Anyway, what works the best for me now is demerol! I like it much better than ultram (ultracet) and/or tramadol which makes me dizzy and sick to my stomach. You should try the demerol.

Make sure you sleep as much as you can and get plenty of rest. You'll start to feel better in no time and may not need the stronger meds. At 5wks I mainly just take ibuprofen for any aches I may still have. Heat also helped relieve some of the pain.

Sending you gentle hugs!
Unread 12-26-2007, 06:50 PM
Ibuprofin and Tylenol for TAH?

I had a TAH and am currently taking 800 ibuprofen every 6 hours, and 2 Tylenol also every 6 hours. I started out with the ibuprofen along with percoset, but switched to tylenol when the percoset ran out. I also take pepcid ac since the ibuprofen is rough on my tummy (even though I take it with food). Honestly, I still think that my pain level is too high, but I would rather deal with some pain than with the brain fog that I was in while taking the percosets.

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