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How long will NS refill Vicodin?

Started by LaurieA on 09/28/2011 8:40pm

I had three level ACDF surgery on 9/2. I left the hospital on Percocet but then switched to Vicodin. I am now taking 2 tabs in the afternoon and 2 tabs in the evening for muscle spasms and severe headaches. (I know these problems are probably from the Miami J collar that I have to wear 24/7. (Except to shower I have a softer one.) I am also on Flexeril and Neurontin each 3 times per day but the Flexeril doesn't work well by itself for these spasms.
Thank you!!!!

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You may need to ask your Nuerosurgeon about a pain management Dr. so they can help with your pain and muscle spasms. One thing also, I don't know if you need them, but later on you might is antidepresants. They also help with the pain and stress. They can help with that too. Usually the Surgeon's only keep up with your medicine for a short time. Your really very lucky if that is all the pain medicine you have to take. Especially if your surgery was in September. Wow, I was in a ton of pain for a long time after my Surgerys.

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Hello Laurie,

Are you asking how long you will get refills on Vicodin after your surgery from your Neurosurgeon?

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Narcotics are monitored , take them as directed because if u exceed daily dose, ( which we all hav done ) because when pain is bad we have no choice but to take another dose. Problem is docs cant gve another refill script until 30 days,,,State Law. Only way of getting around that is to ask for differnt pain pill or if he increases your dose, where script is written differently than the other u had. Vicoden has aspirin in it and percs dont they have tylenol.so if ur experiencing stomach upset thats where its comn from. Fell better, good luck on ur journey to getting better, n welcome to our spinal group. evryone is very nice and plenty will answer a question if they can, there answers are (due to our individual experiences). and thers plenty of nurses, including me, willing to answere a question ,,,if we can. Have a pain free day :) :) as we all wish............ Rene :)

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Neurosurgeons will not prescribe pain medication in the long term. Usually 2-3 months has been my experience. Usually they will tell you, "this is the last prescription I can fill for you" and then recommend pain management specialist in your area. I did not have much luck with Flexeril for muscle spasming. The hard collars suck!!! Muscles spasm because they want to move!!

@Rene
Vicodin has acetaminophen or Tylenol as a component just like Percocet. Is it Lortab that has the aspirin?

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