Originally Posted by J_9
Percocet and Lortab are opoid anagelsics, and according to my textbook (Keltner & Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference) they can be detected anywhere from 1 - 7 days in the urine and blood.
One must also take into account length of usage, how often used, body size and weight among a few other things.
This is your answer. I am sorry I do not have an accurate website for this, but it did come out of a drug reference book that doctors and nurses use.
Most likely the doc cut you off immediately because he felt you were becoming addicted. It sounds as though you have. There are other meds out there that are not quite as addictive. Have you gone back to see your doc about this pain?
Do you realize that the pain is caused by your neurotransmitters in your brain and that they have become addicted to the opioids, thus causing pain. Once you detox from the substance and your neurotransmitters return to normal function you will notice substantially less pain.
This is a bit off topic but I had to respond to this,although the info posted above started off on target it declined as I continued reading,No doctor with any heart or compassion would give a person in a serious car crash an opiate for a significant amount of time,allow them to become addicted ,and then just cut them off. Most physicians will wean you off of an addictive medication ,especially when the pain from your accident is severe and will likely continue off and on for the durration of your life. A Pain management support group is something any good doctor should also suggest and assist you in aquiring.
Just to make a point,No person on this earth can take an opiate long term and not become physically addicted,when this person above made the statement "Most likely the doc cut you off immediately because he felt you were becoming addicted." It just struck a cord with me. The doctor is very aware that the patient may become addicted when they write the prescription. Too often they never tell the patient this. This isn't like Cocaine where a lot of it is craving. Opiate addiction is physical, its not like the patient has an addictive gene or something. Physical addiction is unavoidable when opiates are taken for long periods of time. The brain no longer produces the chemicals that the meds are providing and when the medication is halted your body begins to exhibit withdrawal symptoms. Its not pain. Opiate withdrawal is not pain the way a back ache is pain. Its misery of a different kind. Misery that you've never experienced unless you've been there. It's like Hell on earth.
I worked at Hopkins for 6 years and I saw people suffer horribly from withdrawal. To the point where they wanted to die. I once met a girl who had been taking benzodiazapines for 2 weeks, her doctor never mentioned that they were addictive. Never warned her about the danger of this drug. This doctor had met her one time before prescribing this drug to her. By the way, she went to him for PMS.
During the two weeks she was taking the drug she had become forgetful, disorganized, and sluggish, this progressed until she was slurring her words and hallucinating. It impaired her to the point that she didn't even know what she was doing. This drug builds up in your system over time. And its so gradual that the person who is impaired doesn't realize they are becoming incapacitated. She took it at night before bed to help her sleep. She Woke up the next day and each day became worse. By the end of the two weekes, She had severe emnesia, she couldn't remember what she did 5 min before. She passed out at the wheel of her car. She wasn't hurt, but she was very lucky. This happened on a busy interstate in rush hour traffic. The girl ended up with a DWI and she suffered for 5 days with severe withdrawal symptoms. But it could have been a lot worse. She could have killed someone or killed herself.