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Old 03-11-2010, 06:29 PM   #1
 
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Red face Post-op Meds: Percocet or Vicodin??

Hey gals,
I wanted to discuss this thread with you because with my first breast augmentation, my PS prescribed me Percocet. Needless to say, it really didn't work for me. I heard Percocet is a stronger pain reliever drug as compared to Vicodin. But with the Percocet, I felt sleepy, and it didn't necessarily take the pain away. I'm hearing all different types of opinions about Vicodin working better. What worked for you?? I'm getting my revision done at the end of the month and my pre-op is next week. Just curious to see what you girls think of either med.
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If I had the choice next time I would def. do percocet. I took vicoden 10/500 every 4 hours for the first 4-5 days. But it made me wired and affected my sleep ALOT. My understanding is that percocet is stronger and if it also helps you to sleep, I would go with that.
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Hello there,
this question is like the questions about cc's & how people look like after their BA.
It is just so personal!
It all depends on your body.
For example, for me Vicodin upsets my stomach, makes me nauseated & it doesn't take the pain away!
Percocet on the other hand takes the pain away, I can take the pill on an empty stomach (not recommended) & it doesn't hurt my stomach. It does not make me sleepy or drowsy.
It is the perfect pain killer for me. It does exactly what is supposed to do.

I guess you have to try Vicodin & hope it works perfectly for you. Discuss this with your PS so he/she knows why you don't want a prescription for Percocet

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Percocet makes me totally nauseous - I can't take it at all. I prefer the pain to the effects of the perc. So, Vicodin was my choice after BA. It worked great for me - no nausea and very little pain. I only took it for two days post-op, tho'. I had a fairly easy recovery. I was also prescribed Valium and I honestly think it helped the most.......... it relaxed me enough to sleep and helped keep the muscle spasms at bay. That and icing of the boobs. It so depends on each individual person and how their bodies react to the meds. I hope you find something that works great for you.

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Ugh, I just had lipo and was given Vicodin, I cried the entire night and had to go back to my doc early the next morning for Percocet. It may not work for you tho, everyone is differen't. Happy healing!
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After my BA, I took Tylenol 500's, 2 every 4-6 hours. They worked just fine for me.

I can't take T3's or percocet cause I am allergic to codeine.
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I have percocet prescribed and while I havent had my surgery yet (the 16th..yeah baby!!) I did have my tonsils taken out a few years ago. Vicodin was prescribed then. I dont know if the pain would be comparable but I definently didnt feel a freakin thing on Vicodin. I have heard of some people being kind of non responsive to percocet though. I hope Im not one of those people.
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I just had my BA almost 2 wks ago. I took percocet and valium and had no pain or discomfort but I was in and out of it for the first 2 days. I made sure to take them with food. However, my best friend got really nauseous from the percocet and vomited for 2 days. She didn't eat with her meds though so I think she started a bad cycle. She was miserable the first 3 days. I've taken vicodin for other injuries/illnesses. I think the percocet IS stronger.
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I haven't had my BA yet, but I have had other surgeries with both Vicodin and Percocet. I prefer the percocet because it seems to keep my pain away, only if I take it every four hours on the dot, and don't let it lapse. The Vicodin just makes me feel drugged up. I still have pain, but don't really care? lol.
I do get sick if I take it on an empty tummy. I have learned to take it with a glass of milk and peanut butter toast if I'm not up to a full meal. I don't get sick at all if I do this.
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Here is what I would tell you regarding pain medications.

Use the cliche scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain you have ever had in your live, and 1 being no pain. Determine a number where you can remain comfortable, and no, pain free is NOT reasonable in all honesty. Be proactive with the pain medication. If say you are can tolerate a pain level of 4 without medication, when you get to 4 take a pain pill (provided it is not too soon in relation to a previous dose). Do not let your pain break through this threshold, because it is easier to manage pain than to bring it back down to an acceptable and tolerable threshold.

With regards to Percocet and Vicodin, I have had patients that have had success with one and no efficacy with the other. It is fairly dependent on the individual and how they metabolize medications. Frequently though, there are methods to compensate for specific side-effects. Nausea or stomach upset can sometimes be mitigated by taking a small amount of food with the medication, the dizzy or lightheaded feelings are slightly harder to mitigate though taking a smaller dosage could help. The big thing to realize is that NEITHER medication is very good at controlling breakthrough pain, so this is why it is important to understanding your own unique timing for dosing.

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I had Vicodin. I only had to take 4 pills. It was great. I had very little pain.
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