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Adverse reaction to hydrocodone medicine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Background: I recently had arm surgery and was prescribed Hydrocodone/Acetomemaphine 10/325, 2 every 4 hours. I am female 5'5'' 120 lbs. I have taken the prescription for 2 weeks now and have experience constipation which is to be expected.....
My problem: ....However, my most recent bowel movement a few hours ago was covered in concerning amount of red blood and blood pieces. Is this due to the constipation? I am growing paranoid that it might be Variceal Bleeding as I have a history of bulimia and consequential acid reflux and saw that it was a possible diagnosis. How long would it take before I'd go into shock or know I need medical attention??
Any insight? Please and thank you!
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello!
User :   just need some piece of mind
Doctor :   How old are you?
User :   25
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Hydrocodone makes constipation
User :   yes I realize this
Doctor :   I think you are facing constip[ation
Doctor :   I sthat right
Doctor :   *that
User :   yes very hard stools
Doctor :   Yes, absolutely, in ur age, with Hydrocodone, post surgery, blood on stool is from constipation
User :   Variceal bleeding isnt a possibility? Do you know how long after onset I'd feel the effects?
Doctor :   Hard tough stools are erodin the fine epithelial lining of the gut and casuing bleeding
Doctor :   No varices
Doctor :   please do not assume many disease
Doctor :   there are plnety of reasons for blood instools i
Doctor :   it depends on cases by case
Doctor :   and by age
User :   ok, always easy to expect the worst. I have never experienced blood in my stool
User :   do you think my prescription dosage is a bit high?
User :   I have side effects like body twitching, and insomnia
Doctor :   The dose is right
Doctor :   Acually people become sleepy with Hydrocodone
Doctor :   You need to walk
Doctor :   Drink lot of water
Doctor :   Eat fruits and vegtables
Doctor :   If possible, wean from Hydrocodone and start the regular pain kkillers
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   yes I actually was worried about withdrawal
Doctor :   I thik u r not addicted
Doctor :   gradually taper
User :   I will move down to 1 every 4 hours this week
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Bye
Doctor :   Take care
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