Hydrocodone and your liver

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Avatar f tn Much will depend on the cause and level of your pain as to what medication is right for you.... and more importantly your liver enzymes. I would assume your Physician already is contemplating alternatives. I found this on one site: " Narcotic (opioid) analgesic agents are extensively metabolized by the liver, and several of them (e.g., codeine, hydrocodone, meperidine, methadone, morphine, propoxyphene) have active metabolites that are further converted to inactive substances.....
Avatar f tn Sorry Deb I don't know and I would think this would be a question for your hepdoc cause he knows the extent of your liver damage and stuff like that. A few now and then won't hurt but if you do have advanced damage you might want to see if they can prescribe the hydrocodone without the acetaminphen in it - I'm sure they do make it that way.
Avatar m tn At the clinic, they warned me that isoniazid is processed mainly by the liver and that drinking alcohol could cause liver damage in combination and should be avoided. I have no problem not drinking, but I take norco on a regular basis for chronic pain and I'm concerned that the acetaminophen in the norco's will combine with the isoniazid and cause severe liver damage. Thus, as of yet I havent begun taking the antibiotics.
Avatar n tn For the past year I have been abusing pain meds ie... vicotin. I cant afford a biopsy and 3 months ago my liver functions were high normal. Do you think I am causing "major" damage or is the pain meds just passing thru my system ?
Avatar n tn Unless you have an existing liver disease, this amount of hydrocodone should not effect your liver function. If you are concerned, you can ask your doctor for a blood test to know for sure.
Avatar f tn My pain management doctor recently switched me to hydrocodone 10-500 due to pharmacy crack downs and I am itching like crazy and having bad nightmares and don't sleep well and grind my teeth bad. I must be having an allergic reaction? I'm not allergic to anything but this now. I'm suffering in pain cause I can't take these side effects! I was on Oxycodone 10-325 and didn't have any problems.
Avatar f tn Hi there! I have a very bad migraine which I get often and I have hydrocodone prescribed. I went out last night and drank alcohol, though (I had quite a few drinks!). I finished my last drink around 11:30pm last night and it is currently 4:30 pm right now. Is it safe for me to take a vicoprofen (5-7.5mg hydrocodone 200-325 mg ibuprofen) after this event. It has not yet been 24 hours, but I have eaten a substantial meal today as well as 2 snacks and have been drinking water.
Avatar f tn The 10mg comes in 325 tylenol also.If you like your doc and have a good open relationship talk with him and see about the 5/325 or call the pharm and ask if they still have it as an option and ask him to switch you.You could run the risk of changing to a doc who you might not like as well or might find one you like better. But I hope I have provided you with some medication options that help.
Avatar f tn One thing I have not see anyone say about the differences in hydrocodone and oxycodone is that hydrocodone is schedule III while oxycodone is a scheduled II......
Avatar m tn I am not a doctor but I would definetly try to get to the doctor as soon as possibe. Yellowing of the eyes can be symptoms of many illnesses. A simple google search could probably help answer some questions.
Avatar m tn Norco has three different strengths (5mg hydrocodone/325mg acetaminophen, 7.
Avatar n tn the hydrocodone is much stronger. Their concern for your liver is that both contain tylenol and THAT is what can damage your liver if you take more than a couple thousand mg at a time.
Avatar m tn how often should you have your liver and kidney function tested when taking hydrocodone for an extended period of time( 3 years). I have taken 5-20 mg a day, 10 mg being the norm, for about 2 years and my annual physicals & blood work say I'm fine. I'm just wondering how fast that can change and how often would it be considered wise to check. with all the aches and pains in my back I feel I wouldn't know if my kidneys were giving me pain as opposed to my back.
Avatar f tn The lowest amount of tylenol that I know of that comes with hydrocodone would be in Norco tablets. They contain 10mg of the hydrocodone and only 325mg of tylenol. Maybe talk to your doctor about switching you to oxycodone instead? Oxycodone comes in tablet form that's just pure oxycodone, it has no tylenol or acetaminophen in it at all. It's stronger than hydrocodone, too, so the 5mg tablet (the smallest one they make) might even work as well for you as the 7.5mg vicodin.
Avatar m tn Vicoden is (hydrocodone) and (acetaminophen "tylenol") and theres Vicoprofen (hydrocodone) and (ib-profen) the hydrocodone and acetaminophen in 5/500 Vics equal eachother out as the 10/325 hydro and aceta equals out.
Avatar f tn even though the shot was a few weeks before the urine test i seem to be under the impression that there is still a chemical that can still be detected, and is it true the hydrocodone metabolizes in the body and it will show a false positive for dilaudid thank you
Avatar m tn ll experience some withdrawal. Quit while your ahead, before you up your dose, and the length of time. those all come into play. start with a good mindset. you're wanting to quit right? I'd assume anyone would after reading all of our posts...LOL..
Avatar f tn Medication that metabolizes in the liver can cause the liver to be irritated and enzymes to elevated. Also causing the liver to be swollen, surely not good if your liver is going through so much already. Again, speak with your doctor right away for medication that can be safely used. I also reccomend you drink plenty of water to push the medicine through your body and if you need more medicine tonight then get to a doctor today!
Avatar f tn I can barely move a muscle without breaking out into the kind of sweat that soaks your hair and runs down your face. I've been on hydrocodone for a few years and it did not have this effect on me in the beginning...I was wondering if my liver is pitching a fit or something. I was afraid to ask my doctor because I seem to sense that doctors these days are ultra sensitive to drug seeking behaviors and I didn't want him to think that I am abusing the med (because I'm not).
Avatar m tn Pain relievers should be avoided by persons with liver disease since most medications are processed by the liver to include Hydrocodone. Dizziness and vomiting are also side effects of Hydrocodone. You will find the side effects listed here and you should consult your doctor if they occur. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601006.html Often (not always)Hydrocodone will also contain acetaminophen.
Avatar f tn For the first two months he wants me to take the hydrocodone as prescribed and 30 days of Cymbalta 30 mg and another 30 days at 60 mg after that he said he would be able to get me off of the hydrocodone completely but it was unsafe if I didn't do both at the same time. Does anybody have any clarification as to why it's dangerous to quit hydrocodone and go straight to Cymbalta without being on both of them for a .
Avatar m tn Any more than that is toxic and personally I would try to stop at 2,000-2,750 to be safer on your liver. Make sure if your taking it long term to get a liver enzyme test to make sure your liver is functioning right. With constant consumption of the drug your liver is working hard to rid those toxins. Any imput on my knowledge of the information would be greatly appreciated. I need to sound professional for my med school interview!
Avatar n tn Well, I don't have a specific answer for you, but I can tell you that it is mostly metabolized by the liver and has a half-life of 3.8 hours. It's onset is 10-30 minutes to put that into perspective, with it peaking at 30-60 minutes, and a duration of 4-6 hours. Good luck with the job.
Avatar n tn I've been off hydrocodone for 2 weeks now and I feel great. It's the first time being clean in 2 years. But I've been starting to feel weird little spasms in my stomach. Sometimes food goes right through me or it feels like my stomach is burning. Is this normal?
Avatar f tn btw, hydrocodone does not contain acetaminophen. Medications like Vicodin and Norco contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen, but hydrocodone is itself a semi-synthetic opioid, similar to oxycodone.