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does crushing pain meds like vicodin make them kick in faster? what are ways to make pain meds work quickly?

i have a dozen stones that cause many gall stone attacks several times a week, they prescribed vicodin until i can have surgery to remove the gall bladder but the soonest appointment is in the end of february, the pain happens so very fast that by the time i take the vicodin i am already in a lot of pain and it takes so long for it to help sometimes up to an hour or more, i want to know if there is a way to make it work more quickly? would crushing the pill and mixing it with a tablespoon of juice or milk or water make it faster? is there another med that i can ask for that would work faster and be covered by californias medi-cal?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:33 AM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Health

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  • You should never crush a pill unless it is meant to be crushed - it depletes the effectiveness of it and in reality, won't work as well as taking the pill whole. Pills are meant to be taken whole for a reason due to bioavailability, which is the process of the liver dispursing the medication throughout the body's blood stream. You might want to call your doctor to see if they can prescribe something stronger with an immediate release, like maybe OxyIR, if it is available in your area (controlled substance which is not prescribed too quickly by many doctors anymore). The only true quick way to the pain is intravenously since the substance is injected directly into the bloodstream and by-passes the body's barriers unlike pill form. Good luck and hope your procedure is a success.

    Answer by TeensMom07 at 7:46 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I dont think crushing it would do a thing. honestly i dont think there is a way to make it faster. for fast relief i would go to the hospital and they can inject ya with something

    Answer by stephsmom05 at 8:14 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • If you're allowed, having a bit of caffeine with it really helps.

    Answer by Lexylex at 1:42 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • You can take an Advil with the Vicodin to help with the pain. Also, caffiene will speed up the time it takes to work. My cousin is on Vicodin and the nurse and doc both said it is ok to mix with Advil and safe while pregnant and breast feeding.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:25 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

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