Well here’s a problem , and reason why pain medication is finally becoming pretty much sold in the purvue of pain management specialists. If you look at your Percocet , you will see a number after the drug name (be it name brand name of generic. It will most likely be 5:350 if prescribed by a non pain management specialist with instructions to take one or two every four hours for pain. This is a HUGE problem. You see the first number is the amount of narcotics and the second number is the amount of OTC medication that you say you can’t take and use to explain why you need that narcotic. The issue is not the narcotics but rather the second number. If you take 2 every your hours, that’s 4200 mgs of the OTC, an amount known to cause permanent kidney/liver damage and very nearly what is considered a lethal dose.
I’m not saying you don’t need analgesia by any stretch only that the traditional approach to prescribing pain medication is very wrong. This is part of the reason Tramadol is the preferred pain med for FMS.
Of course there are a lot who say “it doesn’t work!!!” Problem is it’s not the narcotics that do the work. Tramadol works the same way as the hectic in Percocet, it’s just a synthetic version. The difference is that one contains the OTC med the other does not.
So what do they do to avoid loosening from the OTC med? Look at the bottle. The numbers change. They may bow say 10:350. Twice as much narcotic but the same amount of OTC. Problem solved? Nope not even close. You are now taking 60 mg of narcotic. 80 is an overdose and sufficient to kill in some folk. Accidental overdose, becomes exponentially more likely.
This is part of the reason for the study, but also why prescribing protocols ( and who can prescribe) are changing dramatically.