Why can't I sleep without my Vicodin?

I lowered my dosage of Vicodin ever since my pain lessened, but now I am experiencing serious insomnia. I am restless and and frequently have headaches. When will this go away?

asked 02 Sep '12, 14:25

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Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) is a commonly prescribed painkiller used for pain management. Other similar acetaminophen/hydrocodone-based brand names include Anexsia, Co-Gesic, Hycet, Liquicet, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus, Lortab, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit, and Zydone. Hydrocodone is a powerful opioid analgesic that can create physical dependencies that are often difficult to reverse. You should not use pain pills, like Vicodin, unless they are prescribed to you. If you have medical concerns or symptoms please see a doctor.

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Prescription Drugs

Vicodin, like all hydrocodone-based medication, is available by prescription only.



Vicodin contains hydrocodone, an opioid analgesic used for the treatment of moderate acute to severe pain.



Powerful prescription pain relief medication, like Vicodin, is commonly referred to as "painkillers", or "pain pills".



Most hydrocodone-based medication, like Vicodin, is mixed with less-powerful pain relief compounds like Acetaminophen to lessen general toxicity and the risk for abuse.


Hydrocodone Addiction

The dependencies created from hydrocodone addiction can control your life and cause painful and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Be careful! Opiates and opioids are depressants on the respiratory system.... so the combination of sleeping pills and Vicodin (or any other similar kind of pain killer) can be deadly!

There are many medical warnings about combining Vicodin or other opiates with sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, sedatives, tranquilizers, or antipsychotic medicines.


You should ask your doctor or nurse about the headaches and restlessness/insomnia. You might be masking things with the pain killer, instead of getting them treated? If they prescribed the Vicodin for pain, they should know what's going on with your symptoms.

As for not being able to sleep without your Vicodin, that makes me want to warn you about addiction. Whenever we couple some action to a reward (like taking Vicodin before calming down enough to sleep) , we are training our bodies to anticipate the reward (sleep) when doing the ritual (taking the pills). That anticipation may be enough to be a reward itself, or our bodies might wait for the feeling from the pills to assign the connection between taking the pills and being able to sleep.

So we might train ourselves to only be able to sleep if we take the meds... even if the actual meds we take aren't inducing the sleep.

If we do that with drugs already known to be physically addictive (like Vicodin), we are taking an unnecessary risk of getting addicted to the Vicodin.

That's why sleep rituals work for many people... doing the ritual every time, makes us associate the ritual with the anticipated reward (falling asleep) and then just doing the ritual leads to us being able to sleep. Often it works without any drugs involved.

Something to consider.

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Warning about Painkillers (opiates) and Sleep Medicines!

Consult your doctor or a qualified medical professional about the risks of combining drugs and herbal remedies, especially pain killers (opiates and opioids) and sleep remedies.

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