• 6 months ago

    Pain Medication Question

    I've been suffering from chronic prostatitis for couple of years now. I've seen many doctors in the States but haven't had much success regarding the daily pain.

    When I was traveling abroad recently, I decided to see a urologist there to see if anything different could be done for me.

    The doctor gave me a 30-day prescription for 2 medications: acetaminophen & tramadol. I learned that acetaminophen is the chemical name for Tylenol, but in the country I was in, a much stronger version of it was available via prescription.

    When taking both provided noticeable relief, I went to that doctor again right before I left the country and asked if prescription-level acetaminophen & tramadol can be taken long-term. He said yes.

    But when I saw my doctor here after returning to the States, he said they are not to be taken continuously for an extended period of time. I was devastated because I felt that I finally found a pain management system that really worked.

    So my question arises from these conflicting answers from the doctors. Can prescription-level acetaminophen & tramadol be taken continuously for an extended period of time (e.g., years)?

Responses

  • RE: Pain Medication Question

    Acetaminophen is a dangerous drug it effects every single organ in your body. Have you gone to a pain management specialist? I have multiple serve pain issues. Ranging form several types of arthritis to neurological. I am allowed 8 acetaminophen tablets per week. Tramadol is in the narcotic family.
      • 6 months ago
        Thanks for the reply. I wish you the best on your nerve pain issues.

        In terms of the 8 acetaminophen tablets you're allowed per week, how long have you taken them? Has it been years? Do you take them consistently?
      • Took hydrocoden with acetaminphen for several years on a daily basis. You have to remember that here is no such thing as a safe drug, all of them have side effects. Often when the sideffects are noticed it is too late the damage is done
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Pain Medication Question

    It is not a good idea to take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) regularly due to possible kidney damage. Ultram (Tramadol) can the same affect on the kidneys as Tylenol. You should not take Tylenol for more than 10 days without consulting your doctor. You should not take more than 650 mg Tylenol in a 4 hours period. No more than 1,000 Tylenol in a 6-8 hour period. No more than 4,000 mg Tylenol in a 24 hour period. You need to listen to your doctor. It sounds like you need a stronger prescription pain med. Have you talked to your doctor about Norco ? Norco contains Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Prescription drugs in the US cannot contain more than 325 mg Tylenol.