Hydrocodone and memory loss

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57 yo retired mil with PTSD (field medic) and very rapid memory loss over past 3 months. I mean very rapid and getting worse. Taking Citalopram and Trazadone. Also increasing hand tremors. Tinnitus extreme with increase symptoms when moving eyes up, down L-R. No effect when eyes closed though.
i have been having some memory loss since my crash but i dont know if it is from medication cos i was only taking warfarin. at least that's all i remember taking.
I can't connect the dots anymore, short term memory loss and concentration...zip. I was wondering if wellbutrin or another anti-depressant might help.
Ive been taking hydrocodone for the last few years, I was given darvocet for tooth pain and thought that maybe by swiching pain meds it may be easier to get of the hydrocodone. It has been three day's off hydrocodone, and my first day off darvocet tomorrow, and I am in a panic, let me know someone what to expect.
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Have a nice vacation, my most excellent friend! Try to behave just a little. Of course, not being around the usual cues to using may just help you keep your consumption down or at least to something reasonable. Just stay away from the booze. It's a "dis-inhibitor" and usually leads to a loss of any sort of reasonable control. Just put ice in the glass with some 7-up and no one will be offended.
I recently posted the same subject on this board and since then I have tapered off to 7 Hydrocodone a day. This was not easy for me, the withdrawals were bad for about 5 days, and I did not stop completely but only cut back. Things are getting better, but my problem is how do you take just a little of something that you used to take alot of, when you're an addict? I live on the theory that "More is Better" even though in my head I know this is not true.
I am 20yo and have been taking hydrocodone for a year and a half. I recently came to the realization that I am in fact addicted. I have tried to stop many times (each time gets harder) but I haven't been able to quit all together. I was taking 6-8 10/500 a day. The last few months I have gotten down to 1-2 pills a day. Then I had a stressful couple of months and went up to 2-4. Now, my life is starting to get back in order, and I finally told my boyfriend...
Even mild quantities of opiates can cause memory loss, for example. You have asked a good question to which I have no answer. The etiology of Alzheimers is controversial, and not all dementia stems from Alzheimer's. If the dementia is stroke related, for example, and the cause is from small bleeds, an opiate will vasodilate (opening the blood vessels) and increase the probability of an additional bleed.
99 at Ikea, good deal!) so I hopped on it and I have lost over 20lbs. I was never trying to lose weight and this loss has come upon in the last 6 months. I'm not excercising any more then before can the tramadol just do that? Is it from being up all night? Is this a really bad sign or normal?
The tingling in fingers, the mood swings, the stomach issues, and yes the weight loss and FATIGUE. I am only on 50 mg, and will not take more. I am surprised that so many people want to use this drug as a weight loss product. This is not a weight loss product, it is a serious drug, with serious side effects that you have to live with for the rest of your life. If I did not have to take it, I would not.
I was on Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan (all legit scripts from same doc!). But I hated how I felt and the memory loss was horrible and embarrassing. I literally lost an entire year by being so medicated. Anyway..I stopped them cold turkey one Wed. Come Fri I was physically fine. But my mind seemed to be playing tricks. Sat morn comes..I'm in the shower andstarted feeling woosy. Next thing I know my husband's wrapping me in a robe and paramedics are in my face.
5 month old son, at only 6 lbs, laying him down on the concrete stairs as I desperately tried to do CPR and save his life. It will never take away the memory of seeing the blood already pooling to one side of my baby's face, knowing that it was too late, but hanging on to every ounce of hope that the EMTs would arrive and save him. I remember the police officer having to literally pick me up off of the ground so that the medics could get to him. I don't want their money, I just want to forget.
To make a long storie short, I ended up using after 10 years 2 x 100 micro gram per 60 hours - $1889.05 - 25 patches per month and also 2 x hydrocodone /apap10 mg/325mg per day as needed - $189.50 , Provigil (Great Stuff For modivation)$ 768.92 for 90 -100 mg pills per month x 3, and Lexapro X1 @ 365.00 every morning for depresion from the hydrocodone and loosing my business. I took more drugs than the averge person could handle.
I am having some severe side effects concerning short term memory loss, irritability, and fatigue. I have taken Ibuprofen 800mg, nortriptyline HCL 25mg, promethazine 25mg, acetaminophen COD#3, cycmbalta 30mg, pamelor 25mg, cyclobenzarrine 10mg, hydrocodone 500mg, methycprednisolone 4mg, tramadol HCL 50 mg, and viagra 100mg. My question is will any of the medications i was subscribed or taken in combination have symptons of severe memory loss?
I was born at 26 weeks, had multiple heart problems,and my lasting problem is severe memory loss. It can have effects on the baby and it was very hard to be the only kid not able to go on a feild trip because any exciteent could kill me. I know your addicted, but you have to get help..the day I found out I was pregnant I dropped everything. Ciggeretes, pot, and drinking..and it was hard as hell but I couldn't bare the thought of my child laying in a hospital bed just.
My doctor gave it to me to help with sleeping on Vicodin. I soon noticed memory loss and an ear buzzing, but thought it was the hydro. My Ambien script was for 10MG a night. I mostly took 7.5MG. I thought Ambien was a wonderful invention. I could sleep well, and wake up without a hangover. Eventually I knew in the back of my mind that if I stopped I’d have a hell of a time getting to sleep, but thought it wasn’t really harming anything.
Hi, I do understand how difficult it was for you.But you have been strong and your family has been very supportive.You are still lucky and blessed. With regards to your symptoms, were your doctors able to give you a definite diagnosis ? Were any cardiac problems ruled out? Were your coagulation factor levels ( Prothrombin, APTT and fibrinogen ) evaluated? Were your thyroid and parathyroid hormones assessed?
I have been prescribed steroids, pain killers, and muscle relaxers. I had an allergic reaction to the steroid and to Darvocet. Hydrocodone makes me sick and reduces the pain slightly for thirty minutes max. if at all, and the muscle relaxers don't work unless I take at least two at a time. Luckily, I have never had a problem with addiction to my medications, but because they don't work, I have stopped taking them unless the pain is absolutely unbearable, even then it is pointless.
Anyways you get the picture and my story is NO different than any others. I am also a recovering alchoholic and am very involved in step work and trust me when I say I "GET ADDICTION"!!! So, needless to say I am aware of what is going on here. 4 days ago I decided this has to go. . . . so I tapered off and it is now day 5. Feeling pretty good. I noticed a little weirdness in my legs at night. . . . but other than that I feel pretty good.
SUE (and the well-intended and good person CAREGIVER), just as a followup comment to respond to the latest posts, and knowing full well I may be wrong, I have been taking pain killers, namely codeine and pregabalin, for many years, and so I have experienced constipation. But I really got it bad when I had cancer and was given hydrocodone to kill the pain I had from chemo treatments and following surgery.
I am just at a loss for what to do but I know three things for sure. One and most important I have to stop this. My body cant take much more of this, two I have to keep this job and three i just want to be normal whatever that may be. I dont even know what normal is anymore. I am babbling a bit here, just a little freaked about the work issue on top of w/ds. I am just completely terrified of what lies ahead.
If you hve noticible edema, you also most probably have clinical or sub-clinical encephalopathy. this toxic build up in the brain leads to memory and personality changes and depression. I don't think you can cure the depression until you cure or get a handle on the hep c. Your doctor is using outdated info to play w/yourlife. I know the VA hospital around here has lifestyle classes on hep c and help w/disability and such.
I didn't have trouble getting out of bed, because I couldn't lay still. What helped me rest, then and 15 years later (now with HYDROcodone) is a hot bath. I have to sleep in them when it gets really bad, although right now I'm tapering, so I haven't reached that point. Yet. I would kill for a hot tub (or Buprenex. Both are unattainable for me). Chamomile Tea is Nectar of the Gods for withdrawal. Very calming.
Today my nerves are seriously f***king with me. I have tried benadryl and not much luck. I have no access to benzo's and don't really want any more junk in my system. Pot, being the exception for now, since I believe It has kept me sane. I started it all by trying my first Oxy 20 in Mexico, while on vacation (easy to get down there). That was it for me, I was in love with a new woman named "Opiate". Then after that I had my wisdom teeth pulled.
of course, but in the drugged, scared mind set I had....I wasn't sure I could get off the hydrocodone and in my panic mode, I was overdosing on the proazac and gabapentin. (not taking as prescribed...imagine that? lol) So...all that to tell you....my vision was majorly affected and it gradually healed....over time. Each medication we are on CAN affect our vision....I know for sure.....hydrocodone (vicodin, lortabs, norco) can have that effect as can gabapentin.
Loss of 3 or 4 months memory (she thought our daughter was 5 and in daycare. She was 6 and in Kindergarden.) Admission. 6 days in hospital where pnumonia is found Meds reduced over 5 days to 20mg/day of oxy. Physical Recovery. No permanent or noticeable physical damage. Straight From a Hospital to a 30 day "Very Prestigious" local addiction recovery and mental health facility. Was there 1 day. They lost track of her for an hour and she had a fall and minor injury.
I am glad you are willing to give the "clean" life a chance. Admitting it is really the first step, not trying to sound corny! The whole time I used pills I would never admit it was a problem because then you either 1. Know that something must change because you realize your an addict or 2.Go on living life as an active addict. Neither choice appealed to me but when my family members figured it out and I lost my job due to being an addict I realized something was terribly wrong.
Thanks for your time and advice. Today is the first time I have ever been on any type of forum for hydrocodone and it really opened my eyes. I really only noticed the past couple of months that there seemed to be a problem. I never knew the dangers. My biggest problem is "friends" that call me daily wanting to know if I need any. I can't figure out where so many pills come from. They are everywhere. Yes, I always have 'greenage'.
One could maybe help with the depression and acceptance of your present life. I too have problems with memory. It was much worse on the fentanyl patches. A little better on the norco. It is a worry.
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