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percocet and fioricet
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end_of_rope posted:
I have been prescribed percs 5/325 for my pain, which doesn't touch the migraines and fioricet 325 for migraines, which doesn't touch the pain. I know the "cet" part means acetaminophen and I shouldn't take any tylenol or anything like that but my question is can I take a percocet and a fioricet because there are times I need them both and up until now I have had to choose which is worse the pain or the migraine because I am afraid of OD. Does anyone know the answer or know where to find the answer? Thanks.
Roe
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Kelly_30 responded:
Hi Roe,

You can take up to 4,000 mg of tylenol per day. After that, you risk damaging your liver. If you have liver disease, you shouldn't take more than 3,000 mg of tylenol per day. If you drink alcohol and take tylenol, that is a dangerous combination even if used with lower levels of acetaminophen. The percocet amount has 325 mg of acetaminophen and the same for fioricet. You will want to keep count especially when combining the two medications. I have taken vicodin and percocet (in which both have acetaminophen) in the same day and I just have to keep track. Hope that helps.

~K.
Living one day at a time.
 
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end_of_rope replied to Kelly_30's response:
Thank you! That helps a lot and as far as I know, no liver problems....you're the best

Roe
 
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annette030 responded:
You need to talk to the prescribing doctor and/or your pharmacist.

You might also need to be very careful about reading labels to make sure you don't take more than your doctor recommends in tylenol per day or per dose.

Take care, Annette
 
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annette030 replied to end_of_rope's response:
There is also a maximum you should take per dose, not just per day.

Take care, Annette
 
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Kelly_30 replied to annette030's response:
I believe the max dose of acetaminophen is 1,000 mg per dose.
Living one day at a time.
 
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annette030 replied to Kelly_30's response:
That is true for a normal, healthy person according to what I have read.

Take care, Annette
 
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end_of_rope replied to annette030's response:
If I do take them together it's 1 of each and it's not every day. I talked to Dr. he said it's ok as long as it's no more than 5 all together. Thank you all very much.

Roe
 
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annette030 replied to end_of_rope's response:
I am glad to hear you discussed this with your own doctor, we all have a different medical history and the doctor knows you better than we do.

Take care, Annette
 
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CourtBrian061513 responded:
I have been prescrbed both and the same dose now for 3 months and being 20 weeks pregnant, for my Chronic Migraine and for my knee problems and have had no problems whatsoever from it. My doctor checks my liver once monthly and am showing absolutely no signs of damage or change... hope this helps.... good luck
 
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meaningfulc1952 responded:
Hello end _of_rope:
I have a few questions for you. I do know that fioricet plain and fioricet w/codeine are prescribed for tension headaches. Percocet is used for pain control for various types of pain. I do not understand why your dr. would prescribe both of these medicines for migraines or headaches in general.
If you get migraine headaches there are some great meds that treat migraines much better than fioricet. I take sumatriptan and it comes in either an injectable or a pill form. That medication really does help with my migraines. It does treat a different type of headache though. If I have a tension, or other type of headache then I take the generic form of fioricet w/codeine and that helps a lot. I would wonder why your dr. doesn't prescribe a muscle relaxant for your headaches too. In my opinion having both the headache medicine plus a muscle relaxant drug helps me so much more than not having a muscle relaxer. There are various types of them. There is valium, sklexant 800 mg., etc.

If I were in your shoes, I would have a conversation with your dr. about the different types of medicines that would help with your headaches and see what your dr. has to say. Sometimes even taking an anti-depressant will help too.

Good Luck and let us know what your dr. has to say after you talk to him about all of this.
Meaningfulc1952
 
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cweinbl responded:
Migraines do not respond well to opioids. Roe, you should really find a specialist in migraines, or at least a pain management program with some experience in migraines. For most migraine sufferers, opioids are not the answer.
cweinbl
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meaningfulc1952 responded:
Hi Roe,
I would suggest that you see a neurologist for your headache problems. They know how to treat them and which meds are
the best for treating a migraine. It has been my opinion that taking fioricet for a migraine headache does not help near as much as a medicine like sumatriptan , etc. Also, I do know that
the fioricet /codeine does help with my headaches too. I think that there are many different meds that will treat your headaches much better than what you are taking.

I would ask your dr. and if you don't get the answers that you need, then I would see a neurologist. They know so much more than your family dr., etc. That's my opinion from where I am with my headache problems. Sometimes a jaw problem can cause a severe headache too. If you want to look in to that I would suggest the TMJ Association. They are extremely helpful and have a lot of info about other types of pain that are related to TMJ problems.

Your question about O.D. is another subject all together. Sometimes I will get a migraine that makes me feel like I just can't go on anymore. Migraine headaches can and will make you feel like you just want to pull your hair out due to the pain.
There are different types of headaches so keep that in mind.
I hope that you do find some answers to what causes your headaches and the proper treatment.
Meaningfulc1952
 
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cweinbl responded:
I hate to say this, but opioids are NOT a treatment of choice for migraines. They rarely work and if they do, the relief is transient. You really need to see a migraine specialist.

You should also be aware that you might be taking too much Acetaminaphen. Percocet and Fioracet both have a large dose of Acetaminaphen. Did the same physician prescribe both at the same time? Or was more than one physician involved?

Regardless, you need migraine medication and the two drugs that you have mentioned are opioids. Opioids are not the treatment of choice for migraines.

You might wish to enter a pain clinic, or seek out an anesthesiologist who is an expert in pain management. Migraines are very unusual disabilities and they do not respond well to the old regime of opioids.
cweinbl
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smashley217 replied to meaningfulc1952's response:
Valium is not a muscle relaxer. It is used to treat patients with anxiety issues.


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