Post # 1
So I have this massive outer ear infection, and my doctor gave me hydrocodone w/ acetaminophen to help manage the pain (800 mg of ibuprofen was NOT cutting it…).
But….. hydrocodone kindof makes me high, lol. It feels like a good buzz. I am still doing my job just fine, I’m just not as alert as normal. Luckily the only machinery I operate is the phone & my computer!
Would you use a prescription painkiller at work, or would you just take off work for a few days?
Post # 3
Mine is a little different because Im a nurse and being even a little goofy from meds at work could kill someone, but i vote nothing stronger than ibuprofen at work.
Post # 4
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@mrshunnybunches: I work in a small office (literally me and 2 bosses) so when something like that is going on I let them know that I’m good to work but not 100%.
Last year my dr. was experimenting with allergy meds for me — one made me SOOO drowsy I just told the boss and kept on trucking. You should take the meds prescribed to you, I mean can you focus if you’re in pain sticking to just the OTC stuff? Which is better for your job?
Post # 5
@mrshunnybunches: I think it depends on your tolerance to pain killers. If I have to take vicodin or something from the doctor, I’m worthless. I can’t stand, I get sick, I can’t think or open my eyes; and this is when I take half. In fact, most of the time I just don’t bother filling the prescription since advil works so well on me. I think if you can function on them, and it reduces your discomfort to where you can work, it’s not a problem. I personally am unable to do it.
Post # 6
My concern for you would be driving, will the affect wear off before you have to drive home? For the record, I have taken prescription painkillers at work once after a surgery. I had to go back to work but still had a few left. It was only a day or so but I didn’t like the way it made me feel, at all. I waited until it wore off for driving home, though.
Post # 7
I act like an idiot and feel totally loopy when I’m on RX medicine, so I avoid it. I’d never go out of the house, let alone to work, when I was *on* these drugs.
I live with chronic pain and I’ve just learned to ignore so and self-manage in other ways. If there are days I feel totally crippled, I work from home (not a fan of looking crippled at work).
Post # 8
@mrshunnybunches: That depends, are we operating heavy machinery or driving? If not, who cares? But be careful, if you zonk out in our office for whatever reason, you put yourself in harms way and the last time my receptionist fell asleep in her chair, because she had dental work and was on something, we changed her computer language to Portuguese, took all the ink out of her pens and put her shoes on the wrong feet.
Post # 9
@Nona99: OMG. That sounds terrible! But hilarious!
Oh sorry, bees, don’t be alarmed!! I’m not driving!! 🙂 I would NOT do that!! 😉
I think the worst thing that is happening is that everything is so funny! I keep giggling. 🙂
Post # 10
ive done it at work and i was loopy a couple hours but it wore off before i got off work. depends on your tolerance, if you can manage it i say use it to help the pain, or break it in half
Post # 11
I was on hydrocodone all day, every day, for a year. I don’t work, I’m a student, but I did go to class, take tests, etc on it. It really depends on your tolerance, as PPs have said. I handle it well, yeah I feel a little “buzzed” but I can still function well.
You could always try taking half, or even a quarter of a pill. Just enough to take the edge off the pain!
Post # 12
Pain meds don’t really affect me (besides taking the pain away – I don’t get loopy, drowsy, high, etc). And since my job doesn’t involve machines or people’s lives, I’d take prescription pain meds at work.
Post # 13
As long as you are just sitting at a desk I don’t see the big deal. Just make sure you taper off before you have to drive home.