Suzanne had an interesting point about the TV show House. It does seem to be giving vicodin a bad name, especially the way he swallows handfulls of the pills throughout the show. I can’t even imagine how you feel, I take only a half a vicodin maybe a few times a week for back pain, but if my GP or neuro refused me neurontin, I don’t know what I would do. I probably would just sit in their office until I got a Rx. Luckily no one ever questions neurontin, a I guess it is not conisdered addictive. But I still strongly believe that one does not become addicted to pain killers if they are used only to treat pain.
I have used it for years for Sciatic pain and Migraines. I take 1/2 a pill every night to calm the pain and get to sleep.
Nate now uses it for his “leftover pain” that Neurontin doesn’t handle.
When he was in the hospital they had him on Vicodin and Oxycodone.
I was worried that he would be addicted to that stuff but they took him off right before he was discharged and he didn’t have any problems.
My husband is always worried though that Nate will become addicted to Vicodin but he has to take something besides Neurontin. IMO, it isn’t worth it to just keep trying to handle the pain and not take something.
When I was at my worst with CIDP 5 years ago, I was given a Vicodin (Lortab) every 4 hours for the 3 months while I was in the hospital, along with 3600 mg of neurontin. After I got home, I cut way back on the vicodin, & lowered my neurontin to 2400 mg, then 1800 mg within a year or so. I now take vicodin as needed, which is about 1/2 a pill 3-5 nights a week for back pain in my sacral area.
I am a firm believer that if vicodin is truly taken for pain, then one does not become addicted to it. I probably put up with more pain than I should, as every doctor tells me I am taking very little for the pain that I do have. My neuro thinks I should be on double the dose of neurontin that I am on, & my GP thinks that for the amount of back pain that I have I should be taking more vicodin. Life probably would be much better if I were less stubborn & listened to them, but I like my head as clear as possible.