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Unread 09-09-2010, 11:58 AM

Anyone take vicodin for anxiety? I wasn't going to get anything but as my date gets closer, I am thinking it might be good idea. I called doc and they are out on Thursdays . I have a full bottle of vicodin that was never used and the doc ok'd it's use for after surgery. I did research and lots of people have had good luck with anxiety while using it even though it's not specifly prescribed for it. Have u ever used vicodin and had good results with anxiety? I hate to get yet another drug and not use it.
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Unread 09-09-2010, 01:04 PM
Re: Vicodin?

I have used Vicodin in the past for pain issues, never for anxiety. With my experience with pain management, I would NOT recommend you use Vicodin for anything other than what it was specifically prescribed to you for.

Vicodin can be very addictive and using it for reasons other than pain could cause you to become more easily addicted to the medication as well as minimize its ability to alleviate any pain, including post surgical pain.

Vicodin is primarily a medication for moderate to severe pain and should not be used off label without doctor's orders.

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Unread 09-09-2010, 01:15 PM
Re: Vicodin?

I'm on vicodin for pain management, for me, vicodin makes me tired, so I take it to help me sleep from my chronic pain. even though I've been on it for 4 years, I can't imagine using it throughout the day. I'd never be awake.

I'd keep it for after the surgery, they will precribe the dose & how often to use it.

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Unread 09-09-2010, 01:19 PM
Re: Vicodin?

I dont think vicodin is every used for anxiety....valium maybe? Vicodin is a pain killer. Please make sure you ck with your doctor and pharmacist on what to take and what you already have. (Bring the bottle to the pharmacy) good luck
Unread 09-09-2010, 01:27 PM
Re: Vicodin?

I already did it it and show him. I only have one more day of work. I was mainly going to take it to sleep.
Unread 09-09-2010, 01:34 PM
Re: Vicodin?

Vicodin should not be used as a sleeping medicine. There are other over the counter products you should consider instead. Talk to your pharmacist and ask for some OTC sleep aid suggestions and/or call your GP.

Unread 09-09-2010, 01:41 PM
Re: Vicodin?

Definately check with the pharmacist!! They are the ones to be able to let you know if one med will affect another. Make sure you are letting them know about all otc/ rx/ and herbals you may be taking. The pharmacist will actually know better than the doctor re med interactions. Good luck
Unread 09-09-2010, 01:45 PM
Re: Vicodin?

If you ever suggest to a doctor you are going to use a pain killer for anything related to mood, they won't allow it (well, I'm 99% sure, anyway), because it is SO highly addictive in this sense. When my dad was stage 4 brain cancer, he actually admitted this to a nurse when it was time for another pain med- he wasn't in that much pain, he was just anxious and wanted to feel better, and she wouldn't give it to him because of that. Instead, she called his doc and he ordered something appropriate for his anxiety, which worked just fine.

Also, if you start using pain meds for times other than when you are hurting, you run the risk of building up a tolerance to them, so when you really need them for the pain, they won't be as effective!

Hugs and good luck!
Unread 09-11-2010, 12:38 AM
Re: Vicodin?

Be careful about taking things before your surgery unless your doc okays it. I was told if I took anything, even an over the counter pain med, my surgery was OFF. The only thing I was allowed to take was my diabetes medication.
Unread 09-11-2010, 04:55 AM
Re: Vicodin?

Definitely save it for your pain needs because you will surely need something after the surgery for pain. It will relax uou also ad make you tired so it will also take the anxiety edge off. I have used it for that but its really not a good idea. Your best bet is valium, or try just some tylenol pm before bed to help you relax. good luck

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