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What kind of pain meds are usually prescribed post lap-band and is it easily converted into a liquid? ?:)

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I was prescribed liquid loritab. It works really well, better than the pill form I think. I am sure there are others but that is the only one I know of. I believe they usually prescribe a liquid.

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Your surgeon shouldn't give you a prescription for something you can't get down. (not that they won't, but a good one shouldn't) I think liquid lortab is the big favorite.

Hydrocodone makes me vomit so I got Darvocet 100 pills and got them down just fine the 2 times I needed them. Otherwise I took tylenol capsules.

(there's liquid tylenol if you need it)

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How much pain did you experience? I've had knee, back and hernia surgeries, and tried my best to not take any pain meds (the first day after surgery was about as long as I took the meds). I'm having Lap Band; what should I expect?

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How much pain did you experience? I've had knee, back and hernia surgeries, and tried my best to not take any pain meds (the first day after surgery was about as long as I took the meds). I'm having Lap Band; what should I expect?

As a student nurse I was taught "Pain is what the patient says it is". The flip of that, of course, is that pain is individual and only you will know the answer to that.

However; I'd "guess" it will be on a par with your hernia surgery. Please realize there is a difference in the ability of surgeons...good grief, we know barbers and hairdressers all cut hair differently...well think of what all a surgeon has to do, even laparoscopically, and you begin to see there's room for a lot of variation. It's not straightforward, like an oil change.

I think my surgeon, for example, must remove most of the gas they pump into you because I had little gas pain of that type. Not all do that. If yours doesn't, but your hernia doc did, then you'll feel more pain post lap band.

But odds are you'll need a little pain med but find it "do-able" with tylenol, or positioning and distraction. The patient's attitude towards pain (and how much is tolerable) also plays a big role! :blink:

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As a student nurse I was taught "Pain is what the patient says it is"

You're bringing back a whole bunch of memories from school that I'd like to forget :blink:

As most other posters have said, Lortab was what I was prescribed, which is just the liquid version of Vicodin. I've read that some were prescribe Roxicet, which is liquid Percocet. And a few others were sent home with liquid Tylenol with codeine. I only have to use the Lortab for less than 48 hours, and then I felt fine enough to go without it. My doctor also said it was okay to use liquid Aleve occasionally to help relieve the Co2 gas pain, but not every surgeon agrees with this. Also I was told any pill the size of a standard M&M or smaller should go down. Basically every surgeon has their own preferences with the meds.

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I got tylenol with codeine in the normal pill form. I was kinda surprised because I was expecting something in the liquid form but he said that I wouldn't have a problem with it since I didn't have restriction yet.

I didn't have any issue swallowing them or whatever. I would have preferred percocets though.

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I had liquid Lortab which is acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

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Thanks for the correction! I meant to say which is the liquid vicodin, not tylenol lol

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Thanks for the correction! I meant to say which is the liquid vicodin, not tylenol lol

I had to double-check that because it made me feel way better than tylenol alone would have. :blink:

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haha if only plain tylenol worked that great!

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Same here--liquid Lortab! I started taking liquid Tylenol almost right away, though. I don't like the way Lortab makes me feel.

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I was given Roxicet to go home with (which is liquid percicet) and it made me very very nausus. I called they switched me to good old vicidin which was not in liquid form. I just cut the pill in half and it went down fine. Now I take adult lquid tylenol when I need some pain meds, works great.

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