I've been taking 5-10mg hydrocodone every 4-6 hours for about 6 months now for chronic pain, and recently my pain got worse due to a procedure. I was limited on my dosing to 15mg as I had 5/325s and its never a good idea to take more than 1g APAP per single dose (every six hours) or 3-4g total APAP a day.
Because the 15mg wasn't cutting it after my recent pain block injection which greatly exacerbated the pain, and I hated being right at the 3G mark every day, I requested and got a change to 10/325s. This makes my max single dose 30mg.
I was excited to try 20mg-30mg because I want to have some fun and experience a time with no pain. Since the pain died down a bit I only really need 10mg per dose, but want that nice warm buzz again (which I pretty much only get strongly in the AM or at 15mg)
Interestingly enough, I've noticed when I redose 10-15mg after my AM dose I've been getting mild panic attacks. I'm also taking lorazepam in the am (.5mg). If I take another 'Pam it seems my anxiety diminishes a bit, and after awhile my anxious feelings fade.
Why suddenly have I developed this feeling? Also, if I tolerated this dose previously just fine, why would it cause adverse side effects now? I'm now too nervous to try 20mg.
My theory is that
A) I've developed a tolerance and what I'm exoterienving is withdraw (6hours is the complete time for drug to leave system) but I don't wake up in a panic
B) I'm just being a pansy
C) mild od?