Thursday, August 18, 2011

Purging the Percocet

No secret that after you crash your body, pain ensues.  To that end, medical professionals are astute in prescribing meds that are up to the task.

My post-ER gift was Percocet. This little pharmaceutical marvel is actually oxycodon with a Tylenol chaser.

Here's how WebMD explains it:

This combination medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (oxycodone) and a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Oxycodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.

There's much to consider when using this sort of pain killer.  It's amazing, yet to me worrisome, that a drug is causing effect in my brain. It's not simply dulling pain, it's turning off the pain sensors inside my brain.  Acetaminophen is known to relieve pain and is dispelled through the kidneys.  I'm not at true fan, as in most cases I am trained to accept and embrace pain; it's the healing advantage I'm after.

I was one (day) and done with Percocet.  It gave me raging headaches and I was envisioning the drug changing the composure of my brain.  I like my brain.  Enough and stop.

So by day two, I was back to my old standby, Motrin, which goes out through the liver.  This over the counter pain killer also offers an anti-inflammatory benefit and that's what I'm after, a healing advantage.  I used to go for the no brand ibuprofen but a friend, Dr. David Campbell, told me that he believes the name brand Motrin is Motrin it is for master man.

Pain is a normal, most every day occurrence for endurance athletes.  Let's be careful and smart about how we deal with it.


  1. I get scared of the serious meds like that too, but Percoset is a gift. It's crazy stuff. I hope you heal up soon!

  2. Anonymous6:56 AM

    Eat plenty of fiber when taking - get well soon! jb ohio