||[Apr. 3rd, 2006|05:42 pm]
'ello, I'm new here. My story is fairly typical it seems, with perhaps a couple minor differences. When I was 18 I had my wisdom teeth removed, and for which I was given a nice plump bottle of Vicodin 7.5/750 pills to help with the pain. Well, my wisdom teeth removal was a "difficult extraction" because I had my wisdom teeth removed two years later than they should have been, and as my 65 year old dentist told me after taking them out, "Those were the biggest wisdom teeth I've ever seen". The next few days were pretty much a blur of pain like I've never experienced accompanied by a perpetually bleeding mouth, if you'll excuse me for being frank about it. I only ended up taking a few of the Vicodin pills during the process. Well, that was when I was 18, and also when I was not particularly interested in drugs of any sort. Now I'm 23, and am particularly interested in drugs of any sort. And I'm one of those irresponsible people who never throws their medications away. And so not too long ago I recently rediscovered that bottle of Vicodin, like a glowing angel incapsulated in a bottle in my cabinet. Huzzah! Despite the itchiness they are rather relaxing and I've come to enjoy them, although I've found they can be rather addicting indeed. And sadly the bottle has gotten close to empty now, and so I'll either have to find illicit methods of attaining more if I wish to continue using them, or more likely have the habit die, which would probably be the smarter thing if I wish to keep my liver around (so I can destroy it later with alcohol).
Well, I guess the biggest thing I've been wondering about is dosages. As I said I've been taking the 7.5 mg Vicodin pills with the 750 mg of acetaminophen in them. Playing it safe as I usually do, I've only been taking one of them per 4-6 hour period, and not more than three in a single day. I know there are Vicodin pills that have 10 mg dosages, so I have been tempted to take one and a half at a time, but haven't done it. It's the 750 mg of acetaminophen in them that bothers me. I know there are Vicodin pills that have lower dosages of acetaminophen in them (dammit), but these are what I have, and everything I've read has said that acetaminophen can be rather dangerous to the liver to take more than 1000 mg of it in a single dose, and more than 4000 mg in a single day.. and only more dangerous if you're using it day after day. This accompanied by the fact that I'm also a heavy drinker and know that my liver isn't in tip-top shape to begin with (perhaps pickled by now). I take daily multivitamins which most people don't so I know I have some benefits from that, but I'm not naive about what I'm doing to my body with drugs. So I'm sort of curious what sort of dosages everyone else has been taking of this lovely stuff and what their experiences have been. And I guess that's all. Nice to find this community. ^_^