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Sleepy and Lethargic
Hydrocodone (with acetaminophen)
by Ca Ong
Citation:   Ca Ong. "Sleepy and Lethargic: An Experience with Hydrocodone (with acetaminophen) (exp73192)". Erowid.org. Apr 27, 2016. erowid.org/exp/73192

20 mg oral Hydrocodone
  2 g oral Acetaminophen


I took 3 pills at about midnight, wanting to relax and hopefully correct my out-of-whack sleep cycles. I had eaten a fairly large meal about 4 hours before the pills so I assumed the nausea I had experienced during previous interactions with Vicodin would be remedied by the full stomach. I waited about 20 minutes after taking the pills, watched TV and listened to music lying on my bed. I felt a little hazy and unfocused and my body felt heavy and lethargic but I had no feeling of euphoria. I took a fourth pill at this point, and when I walked to the bathroom to fill my glass of water I noticed a slight out-of-balance sway to my gait. After the fourth pill I spent about 10 minutes more listening to music and noticed a distinct urge to draw. I started scribbling around on some paper, gradually getting sleepier and sleepier. Time seemed to sort of distort, or at least I wasn’t paying much attention to it. The feeling of sleepiness was relaxing and soothing, and when I finally turned the lights off and closed my eyes I felt very content. I fell asleep around 2:30 to 3:00.

I woke up the next day at my normal time, around 10:30 in the morning, and could hardly get out of bed. My head was hazy and foggy, I felt extremely cold and I just wanted to sleep more. I ended up drifting in and out of sleep for another hour or so, finally forcing myself to get up and take a shower. After my shower I got dressed, the whole time I had this slow methodical behavior, everything was very precise and I spent a lot more time doing simple tasks than normal. My outlook and emotions were about the same as usual, I wouldn't call it a high really, just an altered state. Then the nausea hit me hard, at first I sat on my bed hoping it would go away, then I moved to the bathroom after it persisted, sitting on the floor by the toilet just in case. I turned the lights off and ended up falling asleep against the wall of the bathroom for another 30 minutes. I then went back to bed for another hour fully dressed and under many blankets. When I woke up I still felt cold and watched TV but had trouble focusing on the dialogue. I hung out with a few friends about 30 minutes later and I don't think my behavior was noticeably different, though it was hard for me to match their pace when walking and I was wearing jeans and a jacket on an 80 degree sunny day. My muscles all felt like I had just woken up and hadn't used them in a while, it was hard for me to keep my train of thought and my eyes were difficult to focus. These effects diminished gradually over the next few hours, completely disappearing by around 5:00, but leaving me feeling quite tired, especially considering the amount of sleep I got (much more than normal).

All in all it was nice at night when it made me sleepy and contemplative but the effects stuck around much longer than I would have liked and the nausea was as bad as usual. The cloudy hazy feeling and muscle fatigue is not unlike extreme exhaustion. It's a good drug if I need a nap but it will definitely inhibit any strenuous physical or mental activity.

Exp Year: 2008ExpID: 73192
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Apr 27, 2016Views: 4,057
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