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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
so i have problems due to an injury in my right neck and shoulder well i have been seeing new symtoms my lower back my left shoulder mucles and most every other mucle, the nurse at my dr said she thinks i have fibro as well  this weekend was the worst as far as pain, th dr decided to put me on opana and gave me my refill for narco at the pharm he told me i dont need both and to stop the norco right away,  i am in so much pain i dont know what to do i have a app tomorrow do i take both meds or do i go back to norco i have been experiencing wd fron the sudden stop and opana isnt helping alone.  any ideas

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   Posted 2/17/2009 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I 'm sorry you are having such a tough time- I hope you are asleep by now :) but if not you may consider taking the narco. He did give you an Rx for it, so take it if you need it. I would talk with him at your appt and explain exactly what you are feeling and your pain level. Also consider doing some reading on narco about how to stop taking it, some drugs need more to stop than cold turkey. I hope you are feeling better soonest!
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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Oraca,
Very sorry to hear about how much pain you are in. Just remember that Pharmacists are not dr's and while they may have the best of intentions sometimes, they did not go to medical school. Your Opana is now your main pain medication and your Norco is considered your breakthru med. Use it as needed as your doctor prescribed and you shouldnt have any problems. God knows I love my pharmacist but sometimes I could ring his neck!
Feel better and soon,
Sherry AKA Pepperchick
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.

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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Oraca!  Well, I would go with what your pharmacist suggested.  They study medications and that is basically their "speciality".
I did search out the two medications and what medications to avoid when taking them.  Opana is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine.  Norco is a narcotic pain reliever and another name for it is Vicodin.
According to the Opana site, it states, "Do not take Opana with other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers,  or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing.  Dangerous side affects may result."
Here are the two sites.  Perhaps a call to your doctor is in order.
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