allergic to darvocet

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lovethefuzz
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   Posted 8/14/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
cry   I have literally just found out that I'm allergic to darvocet and Am curious as to weather or not there is any one else out the that is allergic too. My reaction to it was that my stomach swelled up to the point where I looked like a 4 1/2 month pregant lady. Needless to say I am not pregnant. I also had a very hard time breathing. It was so close to feeling like an anxiety attack that I took my Ativan to ease the symptoms of my breathing and the feeling that there were bricks on my chest, away. However the Ativan did not help what so ever. It has been a very frightening experience. I have a surgery coming up and am worried that I won't be able to take anything for the pain afterward. My question to anyone is if I'm allergic to darvocet does that mean I'm allergic to other main meds as well? My pain has been unbearable and the doctor I see has prescribed me Tylenol 3. I'm worried to take it for fear that I'm going to have another reaction similarr to the darvocet. I have taken Vikodin and percoset in the past for a tubal that I had 3 years ago and didn't have nearly the problems I've had with the darvocet. Just shortness of breath which was okay because I had been in the hospital when it was administered and they gave me the Ativan for that at the time to calm it down. Does anyone know if that means I'm allergic to all pain meds?    

Chartreux
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   Posted 8/14/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Darvocet is a combination of two medications..Tylenol and Propoxphene. Try taking a regular tylenol to rule out which of medications in the darvocet your allergic too. If you have a reaction to the tylenol then you know which medication to stay away from and you must let all the Doctors treating you know of this. Could also be a allergic reaction to the Propoxphene that is in Darvocet. There are many different type of pain medications not all have Proppoxphene or tylenol in them. Vicodin has tylenol in it and you've had that so could be a allergic reaction to the propoxphene in the Darvocet.
Also, next time your having a allergic reaction call the doctor you could've gone into anaphlasis shock. Usually most doctors will tell you to use Benadryl for allergic reactions and ER's use it in an IV for allergic reactions.
I took Erythromycin for years for bronchitis and on a morning of the second day after taking Erythromycin I had some pretty bad tremors, itching chest tightness and came very close to anaphlasis as I ever wanna get, allergic reactions can happen to anything.
Good luck to you, sure hope your not allergic to tylenol. Keep us posted
Soft hugz
Even if your allergic to tylenol there are other and newer pain medications out there, you'll be okay! we're rooting for you.........Prayers on the up and coming surgery..................
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 8/15/2008 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Talk to your DR....
SnowyLynne


Chartreux
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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes! Great advixe as usual Snowy!
Talk to your Doctor.....
Keep us posted and soft hugz
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* Asthma
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* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
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Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"


Chartreux
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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, lovethefuzz, how are you doing? Have you talked with your doctor? Hope everthing is going okay for you, keep us posted when you can, will say a prayer for you on the up and coming surgery......
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* Asthma
* Allergies
* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
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Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"


lovethefuzz
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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Chartreux! I tried what you said. The Tylenol is not the problem. Its the proproxphene. My doctor has since then given me Tylenol 3 which was not helpful in any way. She since than has given me Ultram 50mg. It is slightly better for the pain but does not take it all away. I get very sleepy with it and have three children so you can only imagion how I feel. I'm dealing with the pain even though the ultam doesn't take anything but the edge off. I guess I'm worried the doctor is going to think I'm some kind of drug addict just wanting a stronger dose or something stronger all together. I thank you so much for your prays. I really need them right now, and if what they say about prayer works better in #s than I should be just fine. I'm still VERY scared about the surgery itself. The docs say its a fairly routine procedure. My question is to who them or me? I have to have a laparoscopy surgery done. I've had pelvic pain going on 3 years now and it only gets worse. I was in the medical field untill after my last child was born and then I put it on hold to be an at home mom with my kids. They are truly what keeps me motivated. Do you think that I should tell the doctor that the ultam isn't taking all the pain away? Or should I just stick it out. I feel that I should but on the same note I've been on their side of the fence and know what its like to feel that people are only out to get pain meds. As for the hard to breath I've still been taking my Ativan but It doesn't seem to help the difficulty with breating. Ihave even waited an hour and half and have taken an additional one and still it is hard to breath. I am worried to say anything to my doctor about it because I know that they are going to see it as a new symptom and I don't think I could handle being told that it has spread into my chest. like I said I have 3 babies that need to see that their mom is strong. I thank you again for all the prayers, your in mine too. Please keep in touch.

heres a hug from me too!

Chartreux
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   Posted 8/19/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow lovethefuzz, your going through a lot right now. The best place for this new question you have and it would get a lot better responses is in the Chronic Pain forum. I would say "yes" if your current pain medication is not helping let your doctor know, this could be 1. cause your having surgery soon and will be on a strong pain medication after surgery. or Maybe he just doesn't realize the extent of pain your in. Pain and it's management is very hard sometimes.
As for the hard to breathe, are you seeing a asthma/allergy doctor about this or just pcp (primary care physician).
In either case sounds like you need to seek out the doctor.
Do you have any help for the children for when you have surgery? if not ask at your local church or somewhere (you'll need help)
Thank you for the prayers and willl keep you in mine..
Keep us posted sure hope things get better for you soon...
Lots more soft hugz.....
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* Asthma
* Allergies
* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
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Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"


lovethefuzz
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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Alot dosen't even seem to cover it! I will call both my doctors today and see what they have to say. ON top of all this happening my house got broke into and all the medications, including my children's, for asthma was stolen. this just hasn't been the best month. As for my kids after surgery, my mom is a blessing, she's taking time off to help take care of them and me. I know I'll be down and out on the couch for a couple of days before I'll be able to get up and be able to run after them.
I just see my family phy. for the anxiety. And my surgery and all pain meds is through my OB. I wish there was a way to have them both be the same doc. LOL. I do have a church that has offered to help in any way possible but I have this thing callled pride that gets in the way. Besides I believe that the church is the last resort to get certain help. Help with understanding the bible and the way I should be living and raising my children is really the only help I like to get from the church. My church is a poor on. They have a hard enough time paying their electric bill soI wouldn't want to burden them with all my problems. The lord says its important to give more than you take and I try to live by that daily. Along with many other things.
thanks again for all your support. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

Chartreux
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   Posted 8/20/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe, so sorry your house got broken into. Are you able to get your medications from the pharmacy. Can you sign up for the low cost medications plans from your pharmacy? Wal-Mart sometimes has $4. scripts..Wish I knew what else to say.
If you truely need help don't waste a minute asking your church, even a poor one as that's what they are there for, is to help.
I'm so glad your mother can help you with your children, you just make sure to take it slowly in the recovery, so you can get back to your children..
as always you have my prayers and well wishes for a fast and speedy recovery...
and lots of soft hugz...
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* Asthma
* Allergies
* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
*************************

Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"


lovethefuzz
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 8/20/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
yes I was able to get them refilled with getting a headache in the process.LOL. I had no trouble getting my sons but mine they were a little hesitant. Needless to say they did refill it. Thank you Lord. I also have a doctor appointment for my difficulty with breathing. They were telling me that it could be a minor reaction to the ultram and thats why they want to see me. My heart definitly sunk when they told me that. I don't want to be allergic to any more pain meds. It just makes me worry more about after the surgery. I'm almost to the point where I'd rather deal with the pain than keep trying different pain meds. In fact I had phone in my hand with the phone # already dialed to cancel my sugery, but I didn't. I just hung up really quick once I realized it was my fear getting the best of me.

I have insurance so my meds are only 10 with the co-pay but my sons are on the $4 list.

What can a church do that I haven't already done? I mean I already have my mom to help with the kids and a husband that pays the bills. What kind of help can they give? I feel like I have it all pretty well covered. I'm at peace with God. I'm not angry with him for giving me this pain or the medical problem. (What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger! Right?!?) I just wonder about the doctors, I thought that Kemo and Radiation was the best way to go but they pushed for surgery then Kemo and Radiation. I just keep telling myself that it isn't that bad. Self denile is keeping me going. I try not to make mountains out of mole hills because I have 3 little ones looking up to me.

Thanks again for all you time, effort, and prayers. Your staying in mine. Thanks Again!

Chartreux
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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
A church can offer up a loads more Prayers and support, believe me the support can be wonderful, Plus you have our support here and lots of prayers with that...
Don't let the fear get the best of you, you got us rooting for you so you know you'll be okay, keep positive there is always hope...Pretend I'm there with you holding your hand all they way, and take it one day at a time, these small steps will get you through this surgery.
Sounds like with your mom and hubby you have good help, so glad to hear that!
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* Asthma
* Allergies
* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
*************************

Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"

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