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Can i drive with hydrocodone in my system if my doctor prescribed it to me and said as long as it doesnt make me tired

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Wow! I'm a Registered Nurse and the answer is NO!! Find someone to drive for you if you're taking the med. Your doctor doesn't care about your well being if he/she said that it's safe to drive while on Hydrocone(Vicodin or Lortab) or any other narcotics. They might as well have told you it's ok to get sloshed at the bar and hop in your car and drive. It's just as bad (and illegal). Of course people are going to do what they want to do whenever they want to, but if you have or cause an accident you'll see just how quick your doctor will come to your rescue/defense....THEY WON'T. If you gotta take the pain med, don't drive for AT LEAST 4 hours. I recommend doing what you gotta do first, get to your final destination and THEN take the pain med when you don't have to go anywhere.
Most drunk drivers think they are driving just fine until they wreck or kill an innocent person. That "I felt fine" excuse or "I knew how the drug effected my judgment" crap doesn't stand up well when you're in court trying to explain a vehicular homicide you caused. Its the SAME THING with narcotics.

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i took it at 730pm and i have to drive to work at 930am do you think ill be fine or still no
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how long does it stay in your sytem
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Like I always tell my patients?it's not right to do it, but you are an adult and you will do what you want or need to do once you go home. I provide the correct information, it's up to the recipient to use it correctly. Vicodin is traceable for quite a while in your system, like any other narcotics?BUT it's pain killing effects are usually active for about 4-6 hours. It all depends on how your body metabolizes the med and the dosage also. You gotta be careful taking that while at work too. Any lil slip up can cause you to be tested. Just know what your consequences would be if something unexpected happens. I love my patients and I don't bust butt to save their lives just to send them home to get hurt or worse. BE CAREFUL Pleeeeeeease!!!!
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this is my first time on this i was debating on taking them i just took one 5 hours ago and i wouldnt have to drive anywhere until 10hours from now thats why im asking if i would be able to do that this is my first time on a narcotic so i dont know much about it unfortunately im not going to be taking these anymore i just have questions cause i took one for the first time today for pain that my doctor prescribed me its a 5 mg so im guessing thats the lowest dose
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I'm a patient advocate and I don't like my patients in pain so I try my best to help manage their pain because pain can affect your body in ways you wouldn't believe. If you are hurting and need the med, it's quite alright to take it. I just NEVER condone driving when you've just taken it within the time period I stated. Be sure to keep your pain under control but be aware of what you have to do, where you have to go and all that when you're taking it. If you're chilling at home or wherever you're ok to take it. Also,If you take it at a pretty frequent schedule (like every 4 hours) you might wanna grab some over the counter stool softener and make sure you drink plenty of fluids because narcotics can cause constipation on some people. Oh! And always carry your LABELED medicine bottle with you just in case someone asks you for proof that the med is truly prescribed to ONLY you. Stickin it in a different bottle for convenience can get you in trouble too. But if you're not taking it, don't carry it with you cause you don't want the meds to get into the wrong hands.
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Oh!!! And don't mix the Vicodin with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. It's ok to alternate the med with ibuprofen or to take Tylenol by itself but don't take them together because the Vicodin has acetaminophen in it already. And to much of a Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) can cause gastro-intestinal problems.
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ok so the medicine only last four hours in the system
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no im not taking anymore until same time tomorow night im taking them at night when im home and dont have to go anywhere i just want to make sure ill be safe in the am
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you know I think some people really go over board acting like prohibitionists, people react differently to certain drugs, what it does to some do, may not affect others the same manner and vice versa missnyra, you have a t-total scorched earth policy attitude toward certain prescribed drugs, that have a very beneficial effect in helping disabled people function as normal people of society, You just can use a "Blanket Rule" on anyone and everyone, if the meds that were to asleyros doesn't have any negative side effects on her, then she should be o.k., Listen, there are many drugs, not just narcotics, that have side effects, even something like blood pressure meds, do we tell the person taking blood pressure meds, that they are not allowed to drive a car, even if the person hasn't ever experience any negative side effects? This hysteria caused by the war on all drugs has gone way way toooo far, people need more education on the matter, aside from the "law enforcement mentality BLANKET RULE"
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Be extra careful. But yes after your brain gets used to it.

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Yes, but make sure it doesn't make you tired -before- you drive.

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Hydrocodone does make you tired and I believe it states on the prescription bottle not to drive or operate heavy equipment. Even if your MD said it was ok, if something bad happens, you will be held liable and probably go to jail for having narcotics in your system while driving.

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It says do not drive or operate heavy machinery UNTIL you know how the medication will affect you.
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Hydrocodone is a narcotic. It effects/slows a persons neurological/central nervous system. Even if you get used to it's effects, it's still not safe to drive after taking it. It's just like drinking and driving. And if you're in an accident, whether it's your fault or not, you will be held liable. IT'S A NARCOTIC DRUG.
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My pain doctor says he certifies truck drivers to drive while on pain meds, Most people have no reduction in response time or decision making ability after several weeks on hydrocodone,
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Yes, just don't get pulled over...

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If you are in pain, which I guess is the reason for the meds, since the pills take at least 30 mins or longer to work, you can get a lot of errands done in that amount of time. If you're planning on being in the car longer, perhaps if they are pills & not capsules you can start off with 1/2 a pill and take the other half after you get back home or to your destination!

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Find a new doctor.

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Good Answer!!
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I agree!
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As long as you are alert on the medication and the doctor said it was ok then it should be fine. I take it and it doesn't make me sleepy at all. Actually it wakes me up. My doctor has told me that as long as this is the case then it is fine to drive on it.

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thats what my doctor said see how it makes you feel if it doesnt make you tired then you are able to drive but my thing is other people are telling me even if it was prescribed to me and im driving with it in my system and i have no effects of tiredness im alert i can still get in trouble
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No You can't. My best friend is a cop and so was my ex. The people that tell you that you can don't really know they are just assuming. Go by what your doctor and pharmacist tell you. They wouldn't tell you it was ok if it wasn't.
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I have been driving on them for years.
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i just started taking them and they keep me up dont make me tired they made me ant and grandmother tired though
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Yeah some people do get very sleepy on them. My mom cannot even handle a half of one without passing out but some people can take a few at a time and are fine. It just depends on the person. Everybody's tolerance if different.
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Rebecca, it sounds like you may have an addiction problem. NO ONE should be on narcotics for YEARS. It's not ok to take narcotics and drive. Think about it. And if a "cop" told you it was ok to do so, then that person is not a very educated "cop". It will be interesting to see if that "cop" supports you in court if you are ever pulled over or in an accident.
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Hmm....I have been on a narcotic since 2004 due to a car accident. I know several others that have been on them for years as well. You shouldn't assume someone has an addiction problem due to their Dr. doing what they think is best for them. Sure....I'm "dependent" on the pain pill...but there is a difference between being dependent and addicted. I take my medication exactly as prescribed which is 7.5 mg every 8 hours. If I don't need one of the doses I don't take it. So whether you are and RN or what not Pam don't just "assume" one is addicted to the medication just because they have been on it for a long time. Everyone is different and I believe it is up to that persons Dr to decide what the best pain management plan is for them.
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@pamrn I said it was illegal to drive on them. You obviously didn't fully read my post and just because the doctors have had me on them does not make me an addict. You don't know my situation
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I'm a pharmacist and it really depends on you. Yes, it will make you drowsy and you should avoid driving.

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i took in 5 hours ago and i dont have to drive to work until 930 will i be ok to drive then its 10 hours away from now

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You should be as long as you don't take anymore. But if your still drowsy...don't drive!!
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Of course you can drive in the am if you haven't taken the med within the 4-6 hour window and if you're not gonna take anymore the rest of the night. You actually can take a dose now and still be ok the drive in the am. It's VERY hard to rest/sleep when you're in pain. Just don't take one around 4 or 5 am because that closes your "safe" time window.
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They don't make me drowsy. They have the opposite effect on me. I can't sleep when I take them. They make me hyper.
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