First post! Let me set the stage. So my friend's pet monkey Rico has had a recent revelation of sorts. Hydrocodone
prescribed through an injury he suffered while slipping on a banana peel has allowed him to come out of his shell in a way. See Rico enjoyed being pretty much a homebody most of his life, never really was much of a socialite or felt comfortable with other large groups of monkeys. Whenever Rico found himself in these situations, he would usually sit shyly in the corner, or find an excuse to leave early to head back to the monkey nest. This stemmed from a medical condition Rico had when he was younger in which he had no teeth for several years. We all know how self image plays such an important role to young primates growing up. This issue in Rico's youth left him with not a large amount of self esteem and played a large part in why he has an issue in social situations. Funny thing is Rico never really realized this issue until he met the monkey of his dreams. She is very much a socialite, enjoys large gatherings with other primates, and very much wants Rico to join her in her social activities. Normally, when she made plans to go out for a night on the town (monkey bars, clubs, art shows), Rico would develop anxiety which in turn gave him an unsettled stomach, and at times monkey diarrhea, or sometimes Rico would find a way to wimp out and stay home. So this had Mrs. Rico not very happy after some time, that her husband was such a wet blanket at times.
Well recently, Rico fell and hurt his back like I mentioned. Damn banana peel! While waiting for an appointment with his regular vet who he hadn't seen in several years, Rico had to go to a Rapid Primate Care center in the meantime because of immense pain and discomfort. The vet there prescribed three drugs
, prednisone for the intense inflammation, flexeril as a muscle relaxer, and 10/325 Norco (hydrocodone) for the pain. After several days of rest Rico was rapidly feeling better. Then a Friday night arrived where Rico's wife had plans to meet some old work friends for a night out. Just the type of situation that usually gave Rico anxiety. Rico took one hydrocodone tab before to ensure no pain throughout the evening and let me tell you, Rico had a great night. No anxiety, no shyness, no withdrawn feelings whatsoever. So since, Rico has been very successfully using whats left of his hydrocodone pills to ease anxiety in social situations. He has never taken more than two of the 10/325 in a day, and even goes several days or even a week without them at times. Rico enjoys using the hydrocodone this way so much, that when he finally got in with his regular doctor, he sort of hid the fact that he had already received a prescription for it a month prior, and received another for the weaker 5/325. However, Rico's regular doctor was somewhat reluctant to fill this prescription and seemed very opposed to it's use unless absolutely necessary.
Rico did some research, and discovered all the dangers and bad stuff about hydrocodone, but also that it has been very successfully used to treat depression. So is Rico heading down a slippery slope with this frame of mind that he would like to continue using hydrocodone this way to treat his anxiety and depression? That as occasionally as Rico is using it won't lead to a massive buildup of resistance which will lead to abuse? I mean Rico finally feels like he can live his life like it should be lived, and his wife has even noticed a more confident monkey in her partner. He only takes it before he knows he might be entering a social situation which would normally bring anxiety. Is it possible monkeys like Rico could use this drug
Rico thanks you.