|GI Problems - Darvocet?
Dec 10, 2001
You've help before; I am back again. About every six weeks or so, I have a GI upset. I believe it probably due to stress - who doesn't have that in their life. I am currently on Combivir/Kaletra. Was previously on Combivir/Crixivan. I made the switch after a drug holiday and VL/T-Cell forced back on meds. We went for simplified regimen. It worked. Undectable and T's at 600/37.
When I have the problems, I usually throw up and cannot keep much down for 12 hours or so. I then just have jello and won ton soup for a few days with crackers. Chronic pain for the next three days or so. In the past, My Dr. has put me on loratab for about 1.5 days and then I switch to Tylenol. It works well accept that the loratabs make me tired,lucid and really unable to work. I operate my own business and need to be at the workplace and "in control."
I did a bad thing by taking some of my mothers darvocet during the last go around. Bad only because it was not prescribed for me. However, I was comfortable enough that I could work without a problem and yet I did not feel the "pain killer" type of euphoria I have felt with Loratabs. Additionally, the darvoset seems to have kept my "hunger pains" under control.
Is there any reason that I could not follow the same loratab/tylenol regimen except switch to the darvocet?
Docs right now get real nervous about pain killers with all the bad press.
| Response from Dr. Boyle
Well, I'm afraid you may be just covering up the problem with the pain medications. You should see your doctor and discuss it w/ him/her. If your doctor doesn't have the answer than you should see a gastroenterologist. Given the intermittent nature of the problem, irritable bowel syndrome is a possibility but so are many other things.
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