Codeine after PRK

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Irina Paley, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Irina Paley

    Irina Paley Guest


    I had PRK two days ago, and my doctor wouldn't prescribe any pain
    killers. Rather, he said to just take Motrin or Tylenol, which
    "should be enough," as he put it. This is day three for me, and as
    expected, the pain is especially bad. I happen to have some Tylenol3
    (Tylenol 300+Codeine) on hand, and was wondering whether I can take
    it. I am 26 years old, in excellent health, and good physical shape.
    I have no medical conditions, and have had no ill effects using this
    medication in the past for short-term pain management. Can you think
    of any reason why my doctor would not want me taking this? Are there
    any contraindications for PRK and Codeine? Please advise, as I would
    really rather take the stronger stuff today, and go back to the over-
    the-counter drugs tomorrow.

    Irina Paley, Dec 7, 2008
  2. Irina Paley

    Irina Paley Guest

    Thanks very much, Mike! That's great info, and very good to know.
    Now I understand why my doctor told me to take the Motrin every four
    hours, even if I didn't have any pain. Unfortunately for me, even
    though I followed his instructions, the pain did come toward the end
    of day two, and especially now, during day three. I switched to
    Tylenol 3, but the relief is still minor. The ice pack helps only a
    little bit. Hopefully, it'll get better tomorrow, when the doctor
    takes the protective lens out.

    -- Irina
    Irina Paley, Dec 8, 2008
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