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    Percoset and Vicoden ban

    Please be aware when taking medications....One day they are fine, the next day they are being banned.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/he...a.html?_r=1&em

    Ed
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    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

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    There are a lot of things in the world that can cause liver damage, but i don't see these things being banned. First that comes to mind is alcohol. We got a warning on our news last night that Ibuprofen, commonly sold as Nurofen causes stroke. Where does it end?
    Vali
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    what is their suggested alternative for pain treatment...?

    jess

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    I don’t see it being banned also, but the fact that this has happened is important for anyone taking these meds.

    I took Percoset for 6 weeks, and had my golf ball sized stones form. The liver produces cholesterol, and gall stones are cholesterol based.

    The end goal should be to come off medications.... Who knows what other damage can arise?

    I cannot believe that people buy 1000 Percosets at a time. Wow!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I cannot believe that people buy 1000 Percosets at a time. Wow!


    Unbelievable! In Australia, you are lucky to be sent home with 5 tabs after surgery! Due to the fact that it is a Narcotic, even surgeons are regulated as to how many scripts they can write for the patient.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    This thread caught my eye as I'm on percocet now. I read the article and they were talking about people buying a bottle of a 1000 over-the-counter pills like tylenol at a time, not percocet. However, the article is very interesting to read. Thank you for sharing it Ed!
    Tiffany K
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    29 years old
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    Pre-surgery, 52° T6 to T12, 35° T12 to L4
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    Tiffany

    Consult with your surgeon about weaning off, have him come up with a plan for you. Remember, do not cut pills without permission.

    You are right, but then again who would need 1000 pills of anything?
    David Crosby. Jerry Garcia.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I consulted with Dr. Vora this afternoon at my 6 week appointment. He said I could start weaning off it by stretching the time to 8 hours between each dose and go from there.

    I'm sure the Mennonites out here in Amish country buy the giant bottles of Tylenol and then spread it out between the families. They go shopping once a month with a very large van. Oh, and I'm sure my mother-in-law has been known to buy that much also, but that's a whole other story there!
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52° T6 to T12, 35° T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=03212f3e17

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    what is their suggested alternative for pain treatment...?

    jess
    Tylenol ;-)
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    HA!! double HA!

    the surgeon's office called me this week to ask if i've made a decision yet...
    if i could handle the pain with tylenol, i wouldnt be talking surgery!!!!
    what is wrong with those idiots...apparently, they all have healthy backs!!

    j.
    Last edited by jrnyc; 09-16-2010 at 11:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Tylenol ;-)
    I remember getting really excited when I finally got to the point (over a year post-op) where Tylenol actually relieved my pain. In rehab, they'd give me narcotics with a Tylenol chaser and I used to laugh....it was like spitting in the ocean!!
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    Does that include pain meds like tramadol? Just wondering? And yes, 1000 of anything is a bit bizarre.
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