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Remedies For Side Effects Associated W/ Pain Meds (The Itch!)...


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I wanted to start a thread for people to share some remedies for the side effects of pain meds (Like itching, constipation, nausea/vomiting, etc.) so that people may have a place to come to not only share theirs to help others out, but for those to come who may be pain free, but now suffering from side effects that someone else may have alleviated completely via a remedy they came across (Whether it be pharmaceutical in nature, or not) and would like to share to help others! I, myself get awful itching episodes from the pain meds I am prescribed and do not enjoy it at all, in fact I find it a bit annoying! I have [obviously] tried just about every anti-histamine (AKA Benadryl/Diphenhydramine) on the market with some success, but it seems hit or miss. I would like to hear from others, what works best for them when it comes to this side effect. Also, please feel free to share remedies for any other side effect that you may have experienced (And successfully alleviated or improved) yourself. And I absolutely invite everyone to post up side effects that they may still/currently be suffering from, actively searching for a successful remedy. My hope is that this thread will accrue information that will help many others (Including myself) and just somewhere to come and share information!

I will help start with a remedy that has helped me with constipation (Whenever it happens). I will use Colace (Docusate Sodium) for a 2-3 days and on the 3rd day add a stimulate laxative in a very low dose (Because they some times bother my stomach, with cramping, however stimulant laxatives can work very well for even those who are sensitive, if the dose is low. This combination helps quite a bit, and I never take it for more than a week; because if you continue to take these medications, your digestive tract will almost start to rely on them and over time, it will be even harder for you to have a natural bowel movement because of this! So if possible, try to take at least a week off every 1-2 weeks of use (If the constipation is extreme). Now I am not a doctor, so take my advice with a bit of salt, but that is what has worked for me! Also, a few other remedies that have worked (And that I will throw in from time to time to mix things up) is Miralax and Magnesium citrate! The Magnesium can work like a supplement and could be taken daily, if desired; and the Miralax is another form of stool softener. Mineral oil can also be useful! However, if you feel you are having extreme problems, have not had a bowel movement in over a week, see any signs of blood in your stool/toilet and/or are in pain/discomfort, I would suggest contacting your doctor and/or going to the E.R. immediately! As bowel related issues can indeed become life threatening and should be taken no less seriously than other forms of sickness/illness. So with that warning in place, please proceed in sharing your own remedies that have helped you and/or others to cope with and help alleviate side effects from medication you take that can be found bothersome, if not a health risk!

Have a great day everyone, I look forward to reading your replies! Take care and be safe!

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I take a couple of table spoons of basic psyllium husk a day with water. This is usually enough to stay regular but if I need extra help, I'll get and drink a half a bottle of Magnesium Citrate. It's cherry flavored and sort of yuckie but works. Half an hour later you're all cleared out.

If it's been too long and a 'cork' is the problem (ha-ha), then your stuck using a supository.

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How about headaches. I usually feel great in the beginning and then after a few hours I begin to develop a headache or as I continue to take more of the medicine. Anyone else ever suffer from this or know of anything to do?

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Yes, its called a "rebound" headache.

I sometimes get them, and one gel cap advil usually does the trick!

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I usually wake up the next morning with a booming headache - especially with the yellow 10mg V's. Usually just aspirin works in several hours - with some food!

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i try to use stool softners everday(i remember)after 2 days if still a no go a laxitive.as for the itches most of the time i can deal with them.mostly though i just like knowing the med is working (unless in public)

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Thanks for all the contributions everyone! It's def helping to move along this thread and shape it nicely!

Take care and be safe all!

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Thanks for the info

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My most problematic side effect is nausea. I know this is pretty common & I can usually offset it with food & a full stomach, but it becomes annoying when I need to take my medication and I'm not hungry! :/ In order to fully avoid feeling nauseous, I have to eat carbs or something else heavy which I wouldn't otherwise include in my diet. I'm a healthy eater (aka weight conscious) & wish there was a way to eliminate the nausea that results from pain meds other than loading up on food every time I need to take a pill. Has anyone found anything else that helps avoid this side effect?

Thx! :) Sunny

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My most problematic side effect is nausea. I know this is pretty common & I can usually offset it with food & a full stomach, but it becomes annoying when I need to take my medication and I'm not hungry! :/ In order to fully avoid feeling nauseous, I have to eat carbs or something else heavy which I wouldn't otherwise include in my diet. I'm a healthy eater (aka weight conscious) & wish there was a way to eliminate the nausea that results from pain meds other than loading up on food every time I need to take a pill. Has anyone found anything else that helps avoid this side effect?

Thx! :) Sunny

Sunny...

I've had this problem with other meds and of course a very common symptom when I get migraines... my neurologist prescribes me a few meds that do work quite well but are indeed by prescription only. So you will have to ask your doctor to write a script for these. However, this shouldn't be a problem if you explain to your doc what is going on.

The first is Metoclopramide and the second is Promethazine.

If getting a prescription from a doctor isn't an option for you, I have found that some OTC (Over the counter) antihistamines, such as Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) when taken about 30-60min before dosing with the medication which is causing the issue(s) seems to work for some as well.

It may be worth it for you to try one of these options! Hopefully one or more of them will work for you! If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to PM me!

Take care and be safe!

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Benadryl definitely does help with the histamine release some opiates cause

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How about headaches. I usually feel great in the beginning and then after a few hours I begin to develop a headache or as I continue to take more of the medicine. Anyone else ever suffer from this or know of anything to do?

This used to happen to me all the time. I take 1 ibuprofen with my second and third dose.

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I use a cream called Paraderm for the itch. Don't know if its called something different in other places, it basically a first-aid cream. Antiseptic/anesthetic/anti-inflammatory. Works a treat, within 5mins id say, and if the itch has already started, then I get that added pleasure of scratching away as I apply it lol.

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Call me weird, but I love the itch I get from opiates. It just reminds me of the day when I first took H and laid on my recliner scratching myself for hours while nodding. That was the best high I have ever gotten in my life, and i chased that feeling for years. Now I've been sober from opiates, besides daily suboxone and a handful of relapses, for the past 5 years. But I think about those beginning days so often and struggle to avoid relapse

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I take prilosec otc. It helps the nausea, and constipation.

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