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Re: Vicoprofen mattdds

Posted by Viridis on December 24, 2003, at 21:39:57

In reply to Re: Vicoprofen Viridis, posted by mattdds on December 24, 2003, at 17:05:49

Thanks for clarifying that. I thought there was some liver-related issue with ibuprofen, but I'm probably confusing it with the potential GI problems. I actually know someone (a nurse, in fact) who experienced massive blood loss due to ulcers induced by ibuprofen. However, she was taking pretty huge doses for chronic, severe pain (now managed in part with morphine -- ironically, she had wanted to avoid opiates).

Interestingly, an endodontist who I've seen a couple of times for a particular problem tooth (long story; I finally wound up having an apioectomy) warned me that the amount of ibuprofen in Vicoprofen is too low for adequate anti-inflammatory effects, and insisted that I supplement the Vicoprofen with an additional 200 mg of regular ibuprofen. This worked very well for pain management.

But for psychiatric issues, the low level of ibuprofen in Vicoprofen is probably a good thing.

BTW, I find hydrocodone a great mood-lifter. I've never taken more than the prescribed amount or gotten high from it, but it seems to hit some sort of "reset" button in my brain that improves my mood for two or three days after a single dose. I'm going to approach my pdoc about getting a small prescription for occasional use, but although he's quite progressive, somehow I doubt he'll go for it. It's worth a try, though, and at least he knows me well enough that he isn't likely to consider this drug-seeking behavior.

It's a shame that opioids are such taboo meds in psychiatry, because they really do seem to work wonders for some people.




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