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    tuzdae06 posted:
    My dad who is 67 and has been on pain meds for 20 years has weened himself down to a quarter of a Vicodin. Every time he takes a quarter of this pain med it causes him to have extreme anxiety that last for hours. Should he go back to taking his pain meds like prescribed or what else can he do for the pain?? My concern is that taking a whole pain pill might make the anxiety worse?? Please help.
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    I am not an M.D., and I would suggest that your father discuss this with whoever is providing the prescription for him. Twenty years is a long time to be on medication of this type and there may be some things that he and his prescriber need to work out.

    Please be sure that he left his prescriber know about this extreme anxiety, which may actually be a symptom of a withdrawal syndrome.

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