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Vicodin vs. Lortab vs. Norco for Pain

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Just your average apothecary, feet firmly planted behind the counter of a local pharmacy, but whose mortar and pestle are hitched to a star.

Note: This article has been completely updated to reflect the new dosages of Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco.

As a pharmacist I probably receive more questions about pain than about any other symptom or condition. In this article I want to provide a brief comparison of three useful and widely prescribed prescription medications for short-term or breakthrough pain: Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco.

One would think that practical information on these important medications would abound. It doesn't. There is, for example, no official "Lortab" or "Norco" website maintained by the manufacturers to help patients obtain answers to commonly asked questions. This is mostly due to the fact that all these products are available generically, and therefore the brand manufacturers receive very little revenue from them anymore.

In this article I intend to try to fill in this information gap by providing relevant and accurate information about these three medications.

Below you will find the following information about these commonly prescribed prescription pain killers:

  • Ingredients: Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen
  • Comparison: How Do These Products Compare?
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Important Note: Part of the reason I am writing this article is that these medications, although very useful, have been involved in more drug-related fatalities than any other medications on the market. When used appropriately, these medications can be a valuable resource in regaining a reasonable quality of life for those who suffer from acute or chronic pain. But when abused or misused, they are very dangerous.

Ingredients

All three of these pain relievers contain the same two ingredients in varying amounts: hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Hydrocodone is a synthetic narcotic pain reliever, similar to codeine. It was first discovered in the 1920s and has been used in the U.S. since 1943. Hydrocodone is a "controlled substance" and is regulated by the DEA. This means, among other things, that it has some potential for addiction and abuse. Patients should always carefully follow the advice and directions of their physician and not use more than prescribed. Hydrocodone is generally considered to be "less" potent and addictive than oxycodone (the ingredient found in Oxycontin).

Acetaminophen in varying amounts (also commonly known by the brand name Tylenol) is included to help treat pain in Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. The inclusion of acetaminophen makes it especially important that daily dosages are NOT exceeded. Too much of this ingredient will create serious problems for your liver. Additionally, NEVER use any alcohol while taking these medications, as this makes the possibility of liver damage far more likely.

Why two ingredients? Together these two ingredients create a synergy in which combined they are more effective than either are alone. Also, the combination deters the abuse of hydrocodone, as it cannot safely be taken at higher doses (due to the acetaminophen component).

Comparison

So which is best? As mentioned above, they all contain the same two ingredients. The differences between them are the amounts and the ratio of hydrocodone to acetaminophen. Look at the chart below:

Comparison Chart

 
Hydrocodone Amount
Acetaminophen Amount
Vicodin
5mg
300mg
Vicodin ES
7.5mg
300mg
Vicodin HP
10mg
300mg
 
 
 
Lortab
5mg
500mg
Lortab
7.5mg
500mg
Lortab
10mg
500mg
 
 
 
Norco
5mg
325mg
Norco
7.5mg
325mg
Norco
10mg
325mg
Note: All are also available as generic medications.

As you can see from the above chart, all of these products are not created equal.

  • Vicodin comes in three different varieties known as Vicodin, Vicodin ES and Vicodin HP. If a prescriber just writes "Vicodin" then they are referring to the 5mg/300mg strength.
  • Lortab comes in three strengths and the strength must be indicated on the prescription.
  • Norco comes in two strengths and, like Lortab, the strength must be written on the prescription to be valid.

Let's compare them in this way:

The strongest: The product from the above chart with the highest amount of Hydrocodone and acetaminophen is Lortab.

The weakest: Vicodin 5/300 has the lowest amount of hydrocodone and acetaminophen per tablet.

The best: For serious pain, my opinion is that Norco 10mg/325mg is the best. Because it has the highest amount of hydrocodone and lowest amount of acetaminophen it will allow for a slightly higher total daily tablet count.

The most popular By far, the most frequently prescribed version of these products is Vicodin.

What about the cost? Another way to compare them is by cost. Typically Vicodin (the generic form) is the least expensive of the bunch. Why? Because it is prescribed so much pharmacies buy it in bulk and thus get better pricing than on the other varieties. However, if you have an insurance and pay the same amount for any generic, your copay should be the same for any of these.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How are Vicodin, Norco, or Lortab typically taken?

Answer: These products are usually taken as a single tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, and only under the direction of your physician, 2 tablets are used in some instances. NEVER take more than prescribed.

Question: How often can these products be refilled?

Answer: Sometimes a doctor will allow 1 or more refills. However, be sure to have a talk with your doctor about how often he/she expects this prescription to be refilled. Just because you are allowed to take 1 or 2 tablets ever 4-6 hours as needed does NOT mean the doctor expects you will use that many every single day. Sometimes you will, but this must be discussed, especially if you find yourself needing them that often.

Question: What side effects do these medications have?

Answer: The most common side effects associated with these medications are nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness. Taking them with food will help reduce stomach upset. More serious side effects which require medical attention would be things like a rash or hives or difficulty breathing (very rare).

Question: Are these products addictive?

Answer: Many patients are concerned about addiction while using these medications. Continual daily use over a prolonged period will typically create some dependence, meaning a "weaning" process will be required. This is not usually needed for short-term use (meaning 1-2 weeks of treatment). "Addiction" however tends to also vary by patients and personalities, and many people use these products without creating long-term dependence.

Question: Do you have a question? Feel free to ask it below and I will do my best to give you a helpful answer.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub full of good information for anyone in pain. Voted up, interesting and useful, Joyce

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      writer20,

      Thank you so much!!!

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I took loritab one time and it thew me through a loop. It scared me, so I will never take it again. Great hub, and voted up.

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      Mpathia 5 years ago

      I'm sorry I posted two questions before, but forgot to add: I have severe Fibro, may have contracted Hep C in hospital stay (as yet confirmed.. making me wait 3 mons. for appt... Oh, God). I will reiterate... I am on Fentanyl 50 patch. I asked about hair loss. Recent for me and being a woman, I'm sorry, but it may seem "vain", but I'm very concerned... I was put on Hydrocodone, Bentyl, and Hydroxyzine, & was diagnosed as anemic... Would ANY of these recent meds cause hair loss? Bad enough I'm in constant, unrelenting pain as are many of us, but this is awful... I already asked about possible OTC dosage of Iron. Thank you again...

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Mpathia,

      Many things can cause hair loss. It is not a common side effect from these drugs. Quite a few drugs may cause hair loss, like anti-depressants, thyroid replacement, mood stabilizers, etc. The list is quite long. Hair loss is a clinical symptom and should be referred to an MD. In the mean time, take a good multi-vitamin and avoid any harsh hair products. Best wishes.

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      memyselfandi 5 years ago

      There is a Norco or Hydrocodone/Apap 7.5/325 too.

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      memyselfandi,

      My resources say you are correct. I have added that dosage. Thanks!

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      sabrina 5 years ago

      i voted you up too glad i found this, just wish more people had voices that are in need. but sadly we are being silienced because of "labels" I am a person a good person not a label. i will earn trust if im allowed to have the chance. but as i said before docotors arent given the right to be themselves nor are pharmacists, glad you are real.. thank you

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Sabrina,

      You are welcome. Glad to offer a listening ear. Blessings.

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      Jimmy 5 years ago

      So the only difference between all these drugs is there made by different companies but have the same ingredients?

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Jimmy,

      The only differences are the manufacturer AND the proportion of hydrocodone to acetaminophen in each product.

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Jason,

      Why were you prescribed these meds in the first place?

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      jason 5 years ago

      i have a bulging disk that is pressing against the nerves in my spine (sciatica)which is sending pain and numbness down my right leg.

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Jason,

      I see. Sounds like the doctor may have expected a rather rapid recovery, and thus went with an "as needed" approach. It may be you will require more a more comprehensive approach. Maybe physical therapy and other pain strategies. These are all things to discuss. As for the narcotics, it may be that you will need to consider (with your MD) an "around the clock" approach for a little while - with the goal to gradually reduce them and use other meds if necessary. I would recommend seeing a specialist if possible.

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      ArthritisPatient 5 years ago

      I am having a Trapeziectomy on my thumb. When I spoke to the surgeon he said he would give me Percocet 5/500 for the pain after surgery but his nurse called in Norco 5/325. I haven't been able to talk to the surgeon and clarify this. I don't want to take any more pain meds than necessary but I don't want to hurt needlessly either.

      Is Percocet a better pain reliever for that surgery? I plan to talk to the surgeon before I'm taken into surgery but I would like advice prior to that time.

      Thanks so much!

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Arthritis,

      Percocet is a bit stronger, but starting with the Norco is a good idea. If that works, it will be easier to refill when needed, and tapering off may be easier too.

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      Fay 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting all the good info. but my one question that hasn't been answered in all my "to numerous searches" is: what is the difference in strength or potency between percocet (oxycodone) 5/325 and norco (Hydrocodone) 5/325. My Doctor said oxycodone was seven times stronger than the hydrocodone but I can't find any information confirming that. Please help. Your answer to Arthritis said "Percocet was a bit stronger"(by 7 times??? or what) I would rather take a half of a ocycodone 5/325 rather than 2 tabs of hydrocodone to keep the acetaminophen down to a minimum. Sure am glad I finally found your info. Thanks for all you do.

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Fay,

      As a general rule, Oxycodone is about 3 times stronger than hydrocodone, when compared mg to mg.

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      Fay 5 years ago

      Bless you. Clicked on "pharmacist" and was delighted to see that you are a Christian too (Born again that is ^.^) Again I thank you for and appreciate the info. My Doctor said I had the worst case of arthritis in my whole body that she had ever seen. Need a total left shoulder & right knee replacement along with compression fractures of way too many of my vertebrae, scoliosis and a twisted spine. She offered an Rx for a 24 hr timed release med but believe I'll stick with breaking the 5/325 Percocet in half, rather than 2 of the Norco 5/325, if needed every 6 hours as some days I don't need anything or very little and if I took the 24 hr I would never know if or when I needed something for pain. Doing that will also keep the amount of APAP to a minimum. If my thinking is not correct - suggestions would be most welcome. Your most appreciative friend in Christ. Fay

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Fay,

      Happy to be of service. You are wise to try to keep total APAP levels at a minimum. Yes, if you have some "good" days, then sticking with something like Percocet is probably the right approach, rather than dosing every single day the same amount. In Christ,

      Jason

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      Arthritis 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the response. My surgery is Monday and I feel so much more confident about discussing the pain meds with the surgeon prior to surgery. Bless you for offering this service.

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      Extremely Concerned 5 years ago

      I really need advice. My boyfriend has been abusing his percocet in very high dosage for a long time(trying to get him help) . Recently he has started itching really bad. Could he be having a reaction to so much oxycodone? Please help me I am so worried! (He has took up to 20-25 percocet 10/325 in one day). He's been abusing for at least five years. Please help ...

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Extremely Concerned,

      Dear friend. Hard to really say, since such a symptom could be due to so many things, including withdrawal symptoms.

      Are you really concerned? Then you may need to make a very hard decision and tell him that he has to choose between his addiction and you. He needs the help of a Detox facility, but first he has to want to quit. Best wishes.

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      Mary 4 years ago

      I recently had a root canal and pre-procedure, my dentist prescribed a few Lortab 5. Post-procedure, they prescribed Norco 10. The Lortab makes me feel better, but the drowsy side effect turns me into a zombie. I feel like I need to be taking something because it hurts, but I also need to move on with my day. Which is likely to cause the least amount of drowsiness?

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      ArthritisPatient 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Your site has been so helpful to me.

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      rjbatty 4 years ago from Irvine

      I was using Hydrocodone for about 18 months -- at its highest dosage -- due to sciatica. I had to work, sitting all day at the computer, and simply couldn't tolerate the pain without medication.

      Naturally, no physician would prescribe Hydrocodone for such a long period, so I paid outrageous amounts of money to buy the stuff over the Internet.

      I experienced no side effects -- perhaps a bit of doziness, but not enough to incapacitate me from doing my work. After about 18 months I noticed that the Hydrocodone was becoming less and less effective. I was faced with the choice of increasing my daily consumption or going off the medication completely.

      I decided on the latter. Not really knowing what I was doing, I stopped taking the Hydrocodone cold turkey. As a result I spent about ten days in bed with horrible withdrawals.

      By the second week I could not even drink sips of water and I recognized I was becoming severely dehydrated. I went to emergency and they gave me a bag or two of a saline drip.

      The emergency experience was interesting. The doctors and nurses treated me like dog shit.

      Naturally, my sciatica returned (something I had been suffering with for years).

      I finally consulted a specialist who performed micro-surgery on my spine, removing the bulging part of the disc resting against my sciatic nerve. After the operation, I felt immediate relief.

      It took a fair amount of courage on my part to face spinal surgery, but the pain had become intolerable. I was constantly irritable and cranky.

      I was very glad I had the surgery and regretted that I'd postponed it so long by masking the pain with Hydrocodone.

      A few years post-surgery some amount of the pain has returned, but so far I'm ignoring it. It's still not as bad as it was.

      I'm occasionally prescribed Vicodin by my dentist after a major procedure. Oddly enough the stuff doesn't seem to work as well as a couple of aspirin.

      For anyone that is taking Hydrocodone for an extended period of time, unless you're dying from cancer, get off the junk asap. I don't really think the medicine is as addictive as touted. I think what's addictive is being relatively pain free. If you are experiencing unrelenting pain, seek a different approach -- even surgery if that may end the suffering.

      Also, if/when you decide to go off the Hydrocodone, submit yourself to a rehabilitation center. Doing it on your own at home is gruesome -- not just physically but psychologically. I never had such weird/unpleasant dreams in my life. If you still feel you want to detox on your own, do it very gradually.

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      Millisa 4 years ago

      I've been on vicodin for 17yrs for chronic pain. 120 per month 10/660. They are removing it from market: brand was not available in June, generic is shortly to disappear. Abbott's was to have reformulation with only 300mg of tylenol for all vicodin products ready for pharmacies (CVS) in 3rd qtr while removing old. My pharmacy knows less than I do about what's going on--yet my RX is going to become more and more difficult to fill. I have NO idea what will be available when I need to refill. (not exactly comforting). Do you know when it will be available? And, I heard that it will cost a fortune--no generic---because it is a new formualtion of the same drug, therefore it has a new patent. Is this so? I so am in need of accurate informatin. Thank you for your help..

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Millisa,

      This article by me on my news site explains the facts: http://www.thehonestapothecary.com/2012/05/30/new-...

      Hope that helps.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      rjbatty, Thanks for the courage to share your story.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Mary, sorry for the delayed reply. Hope you got the answer you needed. Lortab 5 has less of the ingredient that causes drowsiness.

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      MikeNV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Hydrocodone is effective for real pain and the synergistic effect of Acetaminophen is questionable at best. Acetaminophen is also much more damaging to the Liver.

      Any addict can tell you how to cold water distill the mix. It's time the FDA stop playing games with people who have legitimate pain issues.

      The fact is there is always going to be abuse and over regulating these medications is hurting people more than it is helping people.

      You can not stop addiction by stupid people, if they die as a result of their stupidity then they are just weeding out the gene pool for future generations. It may seem harsh, but so many Government Regulations are actually doing more harm than good.

      I fully support dumping Acetaminophen all together. Most people think that brand names are drugs... and do no research on their own to see what they are actually taking. They just take whatever their Doctors tell them to take. And that's a mistake, because most Doctors have patient loads to big to actually monitor patients effectively. So they nearly always error on the side of "safety" thus the patients suffer needlessly. And "safety" I am not talking about patient safety I am talking about LIABILITY.

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      Corson81 4 years ago

      I was just recently diagnosed w/ a SLAP tear in my rt shoulder DDD in cervical and lumbar areas and spinal stanosis o and fibro myalgia. I have had pain on and off for 5 years now been through PT cortisone shots steroids u name it and ultrAm is the only thing they have given me who've does nothing for my pain and I have a tens unit I use daily but I am still in pain. I am at a loss I have done everything Dr tells me to do but it's like they don't care. I've never been an addict or anything like that I don't drink. Why is it that they won't do anything? I'm afraid to ask for something stronger than ultrAm so do u have any suggestion on what I should do?

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Corson81, I am so sorry about your pain. Ultram and a tens unit are not a very comprehensive plan for the variety of pain issues you are dealing with. I suggest you pursue another physician or see a specialist. A strong anti-inflammatory would be a good place to start, if that does not interfere with any other meds you may be on.

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      Corson81 4 years ago

      I have been to a specialist recently and she put me on gabapentin, elival, and zanaflex. I can't take NSAIDs because years of taking them have damaged my stomach. I am going to a pain clinic this week so fingers crossed they will help me! Thank u for getting back to me.

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      baido 4 years ago

      HI, I have been on Vicodin 4 tabs since 1995 for Post Thalamic syndrome, Lyrica for the past 4. While this does not control my pain it does take the edge off, and I do not want to increase any of meds until absolutely necessary. My questions are this; recently I was switched to Norco from Vicodin due a shortage and attempt to lower Tylenol. Since then I have had to add Tylenol to my regiment, mostly due to leg cramps and to be honest, Noroc seems to have a shorter staying power. With Vicodin I could push back dosages, if not needed with Noroc my body seems to need it more often. Does this make sense? What I read says they are the same, but I seem to be having more side affects with the Norco. Your input would be helpful. Thanks

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      Ohno123 4 years ago

      I have been taking Vicodin ES, brand only, for a few years for a Disease that simply is incurable. I do have periodic Epidural, Sympathetic and Lumbar blocks to lower the increased pain from weather and normal activity. I have not had any side effects, with constant blood work being required. Since there is no longer a Vicodin ES brand currently available and the generic is wreaking havoc on my system, I was forced to try Norco(not available in Brand in OH). Both the generic Vicodin ES and the Norco have not been able to control my pain and I am now stuck, in constant pain and fighting off rashes, nausea and mouth soars. Any suggestions for someone with a very sensative system to the fillers in most generics, since they are no longer making the brand Vicodin ES?

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      baido,

      Our bodies do tend to get used to a specific brand, even though the differences may be very subtle. Best to try a different generic manufacturer. Ask the pharmacy if they carry more than 1 generic manufacturer for your product. If not, check another pharmacy. A different generic may help.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Ohno,

      Sorry for your trouble. I understand. It is important to know that the "fillers" in any prescription drug are sort of like the packing peanuts of drug delivery. Basically...they are all the same. They are dirt cheap no matter what they are...so there is no "better" fillers in the brands. However...since there are "different" fillers around...it might be that 1 particular filler is bothering you. Try switching to a different generic manufacturer. Best wishes!

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      Marbil 4 years ago

      I was just contacted by my pharmacy and told they are discontinuing my BRAND Vicodin 5-500 because of the re-formulation. I have been taking the brand only for several years due to severe rheumatoid arthritis. I am highly allergic to the generic forms of vicodin, tongue swells, lips swell, rash on thighs, ect. ER room last time I tried a generic form. Other drugs such as Norco & Lortab do nothing for me. I am terrified now at having to switch to a generic and am having hip replacement surgery in a few weeks so now more than ever I need something that works. Is there a way to compare the generic contents so I can find something that I can tolerate?

      Who might have a list of all vicodin generics, I know that 325 is the amount of aceto that the FDA is allowing. Will all of the drugs containing over that amount be recalled or stopped? Thanks for your input on this matter, I really don't understand why they are discontinuing the vicodin w/o putting the re-foemulation out first. I don't know what fillers are causing the bad reaction, only that brand vicodin does not cause problems. I wish I could take generic as the brand product costs me over $400.00 per fill and my limited income is really drained on that high cost.

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      Anna 4 years ago

      I just refilled my last prescription for hydrocodone 7.5 3 to 4 times a day on 09/14/12 from my pain mgmt doc. I no longer see him and only see my primary care doctor. She will only prescribe 3 hydrocodone a day but she went up to hydrocodone 10. Can I get this new prescription filled now that she wrote it for 09/25 since it is a different strength or will i need to wait until the 30 days is up from 09/14?

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Anna, in order to avoid any mistaken idea that you are using too many pills, you should ideally wait until the 7.5mg prescription is almost gone before filling the new one. Basically...they are the same...just divided up differently.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Marbil, yes...all products are being scaled back for their acetaminophen content. The best thing to do is to try to find out which generic caused the problem. A reaction to a generic like that is very rare in clinically controlled situations. It could have been a fluke. No known substance used as a filler (which even the Brand version uses) has been shown to be a frequent allergen. However...if you are very concerned...get a generic and take your first dose in the doctor's office. Best wishes.

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      Debbie 4 years ago

      I have been prescribed Hydrocodone 10 from my general doctor for hip pan. When I went to the orthopedic surgeon he changed this to Tramadol 50mg. I have only taken 3 of the Hydrocodone and the work well but they make me itch a little. I took my first Tramadol last night and it made me itch to the point where I could not sleep and did not do as well with the pain. Are the ingredients similar and what can be taken in place of these. I am waiting on hip replacement surgery that will happen in early December.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Debbie,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, I have been away. Itching associated with these meds can possibly be an early sign of an allergic reaction to them. Not necessarily, but it is possible. Are you by any chance allergic to any other pain medications? Do you see any hives? The meds are not related to one another. I suggest you talk with your MD about an alternative if the itching continues.

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      marc 4 years ago

      ive recently had surgery and was prescribed hydro 10 but its just making me sick and doesn't really take care of the pain....i want to just vomit while on them, i want to ask my doc if i could get a different pain med so what would u recommend me asking

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      Rickey Lewis 4 years ago from Gilmer, Texas

      I finished 42 radiation and 6 chemo. treatments @ 6 mo ago for throat cancer, then had a ruptured artery in my throat. While I was in the hospital my Dr. used that time to determine my chronic pain treatment. I guess I am one that has had the treatment cause more pain in the neck and shoulder region than some. I have been taking 120 mg of MS Contin and 120mg of Norco since the 1st part of July. I seem to have lost control of my pain about a month ago, There is no breakthrough pain now, it is just constant. Could this be a tolerance issue? I see the Dr again on the 30th, Do think he will raise the MS Contin dosage and stay with the Norco for breakthrough? or is there something I need to convey to him. 24 hr pain is ruining my life.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Marc,

      Managing pain, while also trying to minimize nausea, can be challenging sometimes. The first approach is to consider a smaller dosage. If that isn't appropriate, then switching to a different form of pain reliever - such a Tylenol with Codeine or possibly tramadol. Percocet is another option they may consider with you. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Rickey,

      I am so sorry for this pain you are experiencing. Yes, tolerance could be what is going on. Raising the morphine dose is one option. Switching to another approach like oxycodone (e.g. Oxycontin) or fentanyl (e.g. Duragesic) might be considered. The most important thing is to keep a pain journal. Rate your pain every day, and try to assess what things have contributed to good days vs. bad days. Use this to help facilitate discussions with your MD. Hope that helps.

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      Rickey Lewis 4 years ago from Gilmer, Texas

      Thank you very much, yes it does help!

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      Rickey Lewis 4 years ago from Gilmer, Texas

      Just an update, I saw the Dr. today and he pulled up my Pet scan to look for my shoulder trouble, and there it was, inflammation in both shoulders. He gave me Dexamethason. I was afraid it was related to the Cancer or treatment. As soon as the steroid works he will start backing me off the pain meds. It was great news.

      Thanks again for your info.

      Rickey

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Rickey,

      It is always great when someone comes back and gives an update as you have done. I truly appreciate it and am glad for your good news.

      Jason

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      Mpathia 4 years ago

      Hard to believe, yet the truth is that I started this entire thread long ago. I thank our trusty "Pharmacist" and everyone else for the clarifications we obviously are in need of, especially now, due to the overwhelming amount of "change" that has a great affect on most of us who suffer in pain and try very hard not to abuse our medications. I believe OTC acetaminophen is one of the worst culprits. Which may seem hard to believe, because it is "right there" on the shelves in most stores, and constantly promoted on TV and other media outlets. Most ordinary people view acetaminophen & herbs as "safe". I am not a pharmacist, but I have done some "layman" research, and for the most part, it has become a "staple" in every home. If you have a very painful, chronic condition, that "bottle" is tough to ignore. However, drug companies and the lobbyists for them have a tremendous amount of political “power”. My tiny bit of “research” has made me conclude that more people die from the OTC pain relievers that lead to liver damage, more than the “narcotic” ingredients.

      Many narcotic pain relievers combine acetaminophen with the narcotics in the manufacturing of the prescription medications. I don’t want to “ruffle any feathers”, but we are just ordinary people living ordinary lives and most often, at some point, our bodies wear down with age, and other factors. Many middle class workers have jobs that take an enormous strain on our bodies, particularly our backs. Europe is far ahead of us in looking into other alternative medications, for these issues. TENS, exercise, etc… is another factor. However, for this posting, and I am concentrating on meds only, and particularly on that bottle that we all have in our cupboards or medicine chests that we are forced to reach for, due to whatever circumstance. I believe our government should stay on course with “abuse”, however, many people like myself, are in a quandary now as to “what” their own doctors are going to do and afraid that the “abuse” is going to cause a lot of people to suffer a lot more.

      I was hospitalized for a complication from a procedure about a year ago. My nurse came into my room and was almost in tears. As I had been there long enough to feel comfortable enough to “ask” what was bothering her, she answered, “My patients are in so much pain and I feel so helpless! They don’t understand that I cannot change any doctor’s orders, even though I believe doctors are becoming extremely nervous and afraid of losing their licenses…etc”.

      I guess that’s as good an end as any. Thank you for your time…

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      dogrdog4 4 years ago

      How true it is! doctors are afraid of the FDA, DEA and they are afraid I was in pain for 4 years no one would treat the pain, I drank a lot tequila and Corona's it works great for Pain relief (but not for a long term period) I have Degenerative Disk Disease with Occipital neuralgia IN MY NECK and arthritis on top of it. Finally a good Dr prescribed me Some medications that relieve the Pain I don't get high I am just able to function, I take Amitriptyline at Night and then I have Hydrocodone (norco) 5/325 i also have a muscle relaxer but i use that very rarely.. But I have noticed there is a lady at my pharmacy the assistant actually and she always accidentally loses my refills to the Hydrocodone So I get Mad because I have to wait a week to get a refill i have to call my Dr they have to call it in 6 or 7 times and then FINALLY it shows up I don't understand why someone who may have some sort of objection for me being able to function would sabotage me like that So, i am switching pharmacies I was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if this practice would be deemed Illegal I would think it would be tampering but I have researched a bit and it seems this might be a common practice and that there really is nothing legal wise to curb it My question is: why is this becoming common? Im confused as to why

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      mary 4 years ago

      Hydrocodone made me nauseated a few years ago.

      would it be ok to try it again in a small dose to see if i

      can take it. I'm hurting bad from from a pinched nerve.

      Thanks for your response.

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      Ariel miller 4 years ago

      I have a question? I get sick when I take a vicodin but not a lorcet. Why? Help please.

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      Ziya 4 years ago

      Hi, i really need some golden advise, im 14 wks pregnant with my 2nd. And now im suffering from severe back pain that goes to my legs and toes to get numb. I ve been seeing chiropractor for bout a year nothing helped so i was bout to get mri done to next step but found out pregnant. But my pain got worse than ever!!!! I can toss myself at night! Can't sneeze, or walk or sit sometimes even little walk will make me bend my knees and land me on the floor!!! Pain is 100 out of 100! Chirop said i do have bulging disk and also twisted and curved spine! So anyway neorosurgent prescribed me procecent but my obgyn says lortab is more safer. Which one is more really safer and more effective for me???? Pls help its even hard for me to live like this for a minute!

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Mary, Good question. Nausea is a side effect that is sometimes caused by pain meds. Taking the meds with food, or in smaller doses is often helpful. I would try this approach. Best wishes.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Ariel, it is hard to say. Vicodin and Lorcet do come in different strengths, so that could be it.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Ziya,

      I am very sorry about your pain, but I do wish to congratulate you on your pregnancy. I know the pain is severe. Both Percocet and Lortab are pain relievers. They each contain acetaminophen which is considered safe in any stage of pregnancy. They also each contain a narcotic. The narcotic in Percocet is stronger. Both are sometimes used during the 1st or 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Lortab would be preferred to start with, rather than the stronger Percocet. There are no well-controlled studies of these drugs during pregnancy, thus they are consided "Category C." Animal studies have shown some concerns. But these have been used many times in pregnancy without problems.

      As with all of our medication-related choices, these things should be discussed at length with your prescribing physician.

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      Bill 4 years ago

      Is it possible for a Norco Rx of 10 -325 to inadvertently be stronger than that? I recently was prescribed 10-325 which I've always tolerated. I have never in the past ever experienced light headedness or nausea like I am now.

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      Cari 4 years ago

      I was recently prescribed Lortab 5/500 for knee pain (and it was filled generically as hydrocodone-acetaminophen), and I am scheduled to have knee surgery in a few days. My doctor directed me to take 1 or 2 tablets every 6 hours. I took my first pill and after an hour, had no relief from pain. I took an additional pill, and an hour later I still had no relief. I felt as though the medication had no effect on me whatsoever. Why would this happen, and what should I do about it? I've left a message for my doctor about this, but have not heard back. I'm very concerned about undergoing surgery, knowing that I will have no relief from this medication. What do you advise?

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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      pharmacist.

      I was born with scoliosis, and at 57, it's getting worse. About 10 yrs. ago, my Dr. prescribed the bottle which you have pictured, with codeine, but I believe it's mixed with advil. I felt so much better, and was finally not free of pain, but comfortable to exercise and do so much more. I lost 60 lbs. I had gained while being sedentary and so afraid of hurting myself. I had fallen and hurt my hip so badly, I could barely walk for a year, and then had such fear. I did so well, not only lost weight, but my hypertension went way down too, and now it's at 110/70. So I still take the drug. If I am not on something, I get depressed and the pain seems overwhelming. I don't feel tired, and can drive and do what I must. It's been a godsend. But the Dr. keeps reminding me "it's a class 3 drug." My situation will change, it does so continually, but it won't get better. I cannot stomach anti-inflammatories either, I throw them up. Lower gastric problems make my lower back worse too. Should I be worried if I stay on this drug?

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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I also take Xanax and my Dr. says beside anxiety it helps "keep my back relaxed." But at my last visit, he tried to put me on Cymbalta. I am not depressed and don't want to be a zombie on a psychtropic drug. I write on 2 other sites besides this, have my own blog, and am a published author. My life is in control. He kept telling me the Xanax was safe, now said it can cause seisures. I have sensitivities to many drugs and can't take them. He won't listen to me. My bloodwork comes back fine. I feel like I can finally function, I couldn't do so much when I was in chronic pain. I've been to Jamaica 4X, and am so much more active. I am strong willed, and the pills don't make me sleepy. Do you think I have a strong enough argument? He can't make me take a drug that has commercials for both depression and "aches and pains." The lower back pain is as painful as labor pains, I did have one child and the pregnancy with the weight on the back was hell from the 4th month on. Of course, I'll never regret it. I just don't think Americans know how to treat chronic pain. I was on Hormone replacement therapy before all this, the reason I believe I had hypertension and weight gain. So now if this combo helps me, why should I change it? I haven't taken more than the recommended dose in 10 yrs.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Bill,

      Light headedness and nausea are side effects sometimes associated with Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). They are, however, also symptoms associated with many other conditions or situations.

      I suggest you talk with your doctor about this situation, and see what they think about possibly reducing your dosage to see if that helps. Always be sure to take it with food, and avoid alcohol and other medications that may increase drowsiness or stomach upset.

      Best wishes.

      Jason

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Cari,

      Sorry for the delay. I hope you have gotten some relief. Pain relief often requires very careful monitoring and adjusting of our approach to adequately manage. Unfortunately, in medicine - as with many other things - one size does not fit all. That said, with this particular product, it may take several regular dosages of 2 tablets every 6 hours to begin to see the pain get under control. Try doing this - as directed - and remember to take them with food. Also, if you are going to be taking them regularly, I recommend picking up a stool softener. Constipation is a frequent side-effect of narcotics for pain. If this approach does not work, please contact your physician. Best wishes.

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      Jim 4 years ago

      Hi I am prescribed vicodin 5/500 120x/month for my arthritis

      I have a question, I wanted something with less acepthemanophen and was prescribed vicodin 5/325, I went to the pharmacy and they said there was no such thing, so I told my doctor and he prescribed me vicodin 5/300 , they are EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. My question is how come the pharmacy said there is no such thing as vicodin 5/325 , and also is there a generic version of 5/300 ? Is it because on the script my doctor writes "vicodin" and not hydrocodone ? Please help me I can't spend too much money on my medication

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      Elton 4 years ago

      On the directions for Hydrocodone, Acetaminophen 7.5/500 it says not to freeze or keep in the refrigerator. Why?

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Jim,

      Sorry for the delayed reply - taking some time off over the holidays. Here's the deal. "Vicodin" does not come in 5/325. It never has. However, "Norco" was available in that strength - and if the MD had written for "Norco" you would likely have been given the generic with 5/325 and it would have been pretty inexpensive. Vicodin now comes in 5/300. There are NO generics for this strength yet - thus it is quite pricey. My advice would be to either go BACK to the 5/500 (at 4 per day that is only 2,000mg acetaminophen daily - well below the normal limit) or ask for Norco 5/325 - and you will get the generic. Hope that helps!

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Elton,

      Sorry for the delay - taking some holiday days off. All prescription drugs must be properly tested for stability and manufacturers must provide reasonable expiration dates which correspond with ideal storage conditions. They must provide storage instructions as a part of the clinical data they present to the FDA. So, for most products, manufacturers conduct their tests based upon "room temperature." Therefore, typical recommendations are to store medications at 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). Will freezing or refrigeration destroy the medication? Maybe not. But they simply provide no guidelines for such situations. I usually tell people to keep most meds at room temperature. If it gets VERY hot and room temp goes way up, refrigeration may be a better option than exposure to excessive heat. Hope that helps.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Janie,

      First, the only difference is that the Norco has slightly less acetaminophen. It is likely (though not certain) that the changes in energy are due to something else. Are you sleeping well? Eating & drinking well? Changes in diet? Under any particular stress? Coming down with a cold? Any other major life changes recently? If all these are normal, consider talking to your doctor about a medication change. Maybe a lower dose will be sufficient for pain, without causing the drowsiness. Bottom line is that if you have noticed this change - you should make an appointment and discuss it with your MD. Until then, be sure to eat a good balance of calories: fresh fruits & veggies, lean meats, not too much in the way of sugary foods and snacks. Try a little moderate exercise if this is not a part of your routine already, and if it is safe for you. Best wishes.

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      Alicia 4 years ago

      I just had a reconstuctiob of the ligaments in my right ankle and my doctor prescribed me Norco. When the pills were picked up from the pharmacy, they were the 10/325 but had the V on them like vicodin do. I am curious now because I don't know if I am taking Norco or Vicodin. Just wondering of you could shed so light as to what it is.

      Thanks

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Alicia,

      Well, it is likely NOT the brand name Norco OR Vicodin, but rather a generic. The "V" could just be a manufacturer identifying mark. To determine the true identity, check out this free tool: http://www.rxlist.com/pill-identification-tool/art...

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      Corson81 4 years ago

      Hi again. Well I have been seeing my pain Dr for a few months now and after trigger injections and lidocaine cream she gave me 45 norco 5/325. Told me to take 1 every 12hrs as needed. I see her in 2 days and have been trying not to take them but mornings are the worst part of my day and some mornings the help me so much but other days not so much. My normal daily pain level is usually 5-7. I can't take NSAIDs so I take my Zanaflex and additional Tylenol daily. I have 1 norco left till I see her I'm scared she is going to be mad but I have taken them as ordered I just don't feel like they work for very long any suggestions?

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      Jim 4 years ago

      Thank you for your response . Since the 5/300 was so expensive I will ask the doctor to change it to 5/325. Will I have a problem filling the medication in the pharmacy or is it common and most pharmacies carry them? Also the doctor needs to write norco or can he write hydrocodone 5/325?

      Thank you

      Jim

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      corson81,

      Well, if you have taken more than recommended - just be honest. Explain your pain level and be willing to work with your doctor's suggestions - whatever they may be. Be truthful - that is my best advice.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Jim,

      If the doctor writes Norco 5/325 it should be fine. This is a pretty common strength, and you shouldn't have too much trouble finding it in stock at your pharmacy. Best wishes.

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      Renee 4 years ago

      There are no doctors in my area that will prescribe any of these medicines. How do I find out who will prescribe it? I could call around different pain doctors and ask if they do, but then I am afraid they may think I am a druggie and then won't be able to get any. What do u recommend?

      Thank you

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      karly ball 4 years ago

      Hi, iv read a lot of your replies to all that needed your help, you sound very kind and smart, I had back surgey almost 3yrs ago, and they took half a disc out, and fused l4 and l5, after surgey in physical theropy reinjured another disc, herniated the disc above, they wanted to do more surgey, but it was so painfull and so expensive, I can't do it again, im 33yrs old and have arthritis of the spine, also siatica,, sorry about thevspelling,, a couple other problems in the lower lumbar area, just got another mri last week because the pain is still so very bad, I have been on soma, and vicodin for almost five yrs, last month my Dr, changed my medz to mscotin 15mg, 1 every 8hhours, and flerixil 1omg, w a lower vicodin, 500, 350 I think, but only 2 a day, for 30 days,, im seeing him in a week, the new medz don't seem to help, I take more of the vics to help me threw work, I lift a lot, 7days aweek, the only good change is in the mornings I wake up feeling better, not in agony, but once I start my day, the pain starts,, I know my doctor whom iv been with for over ten yrs is trying to help my best intersts, but I think I need something stronger,, what do you think I should do,, tell him, or try another month of the new meds,, maybe when he reads my new mri he will know the pain im feeling, his wife had the same surgery, he said she has good days and bad,, but im like bad everyday,, please help me, shouldbi tell him I need something stronger, or just give it alittle more time, but I don't like how I feel on the mscotin, I think I need 30mg to try, maybe I wouldn't have to take the vics so often, cause I already run out, saved a few for real bad days,, please help when you can, thank you,, you are a really great person taking ur time out to help others in pain, truly k, b..

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Renee,

      Well, that is a hard question to answer. Presumably you have been treated in the past? I would suggest trying to get a recommendation from your previous doctor. However, I truly believe your health will be best served in trying to find a doctor you like...rather than simply one who will prescribe this or that. You want a good doctor. One who will agree with you when you are right. But also one who will disagree when you are wrong. Find him/her. The rest will take care of itself. Best wishes.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hello Karly,

      First, I am very sorry for the pain you are going through. I know that doesn't make the pain go away, but you should know that someone else (and I'm sure there are many others) sympathize with this situation you find yourself in.

      Your doctor is wise to consider moving you toward an effective dose of long-acting morphine and decrease the amount of Vicodin (which contains tylenol). However, the morphine dose (as you suggest) may need to be adjusted upwards. This has to be done slowly. By now, maybe that step has been taken. I will also suggest (if you don't already) that you keep a pain journal. Make it neat and clear. I like the one from the American Pain Foundation. You will find the chart on the last couple pages of this PDF: http://www.partnersagainstpain.com/printouts/Pain%... What you need to do is have a clear idea of the PLAN to manage your pain. When will dose increases be discussed, when will a specialist be consulted, when should a pain clinic get involved, what happens when you have a very bad day? All these should be dealt with. But be sure to keep good records on your part - stick with the schedule you have been prescribed - stick with 1 pharmacy always - and communicate well. Ideally MS Contin should move toward "twice daily" dosing. Flexeril as needed up to 3 times daily (but ONLY as instructed by your MD). Let us know how things are going. Shoot me an email if you like.

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      T.marie 4 years ago

      Hi there, I've recently just had stomach surgery a few days ago, I had 5fibroids removed off my uterine Wall

      Ive finally made it home but I still am in a lot of pain still feeling day and night cramping burning soreness and achy tenderness just still feeling very uncomfortable and haven't felt completely pain free not even in the hospital for the days I was there which I kinda expected that. I was sent home with norco 5 they didn't work so my doc called in norco7.5 1tab every 6 hrs which I upped to 2 every4 cause of the pain my issue is I only have 4 left and I'm still hurting I'm alternating between ibprophren. I have four V's. Left is it common for people to take 50 in 5 days and. When should I call my doctor and request more because after these four our gone im not sure what to do how many should a woman go through in a week right after having uterine surgery

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      Tmarie 4 years ago

      Or should I just ask for loratab in lesser dosage

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      T. marie,

      You say that you had this procedure a few days ago. I'm sure you are aware that 6-8 weeks of recovery is typical, and what you are experiencing may be very normal (though NOT pleasant). Please stay in regular contact with your physcian, keep a pain journal of some sort, and work with him/her to optomize your medication program.

      10 per day is a pretty hefty dose, and since it is more than you were prescribed, you will need to really discuss pain control with your MD. Ideally, you would call your doctor before increasing the dose of your meds on your own.

      Let your MD know where your pain is at (typically on a scale of 1 to 10). Ask where it "should" be by now. But also understand that differences between patient experiences is to be expected.

      Be especially aware that you are taking a prescription medicine with acetaminophen. Too much of this can be very dangerous to your liver. Be sure not to also take any other products that might also have acetaminophen.

      Please talk this over with your MD. Hang in there and stick with the recommended dosages. Let us know how things turn out.

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      New Laws? 4 years ago

      I have been going thru the posts and am discouraged as to what I read. I had a back fusion done a year and a half ago and have several other bulging disks further up in my neck, but do not want another surgery right now. I have been on Norco 7.5/325 (I take maybe 4 a day) since that time. I was shocked when I went into my doctors to get my monthly script to be treated like an addict, take a urine test and made sign a form with all the rules (which was fine, since I take them as prescribed) but still, a person who truly suffers from moderate daily pain, its very discouraging. I'm not sure what these changes will be, but as a sufferer from back/neck pain, I'm not happy:( I wish all those who are in the same situation as me luck and prayers.

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      New Laws? 4 years ago

      Sorry, forgot to post my question....my pharmacy has switched manufactures they said, I have a mix now of pink ones, which I usually had been getting and white oblong ones. Is there that much of a difference in manufactures? The new ones seem to make me much more sleepy and heady mushy unfortunately, but didn't know if it was all in my head. Thanks for your help:)

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      New Laws?

      The first thing is to make sure that the new tablets are exactly the same formula as the old one. If the ONLY difference is the manufacturer, then it is should work virtually the same as the previous ones. Slight differences related to inactive ingredients is possible, but typically does not cause a problem. You can use an onlin Pill Identifyer program to make sure your pills are still 7.5/325. http://www.rxlist.com/pill-identification-tool/art...

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      bnewt 4 years ago

      hi ive been taking hydrocodone 10/500 ( the blue watsons) and the manufacturer has taken out the blue dye , so they pill is now white but same dosage and same look but the new pill is making me feel horrible so please research the dye in the old tab 10's for me to see the difference and do you think I should switch to Percocet cause these are killing me

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi bnewt, Sorry for the discomfort you are having. Watson did change the color on their tablet. This should not, however, cause any change in the medication itself. Your condition may just be temporarily worse. I'm not sure what you mean exactly by feeling "worse." If the pain is worse, please talk with your MD about your dosage. If you are having side effects, sometime these can be managed through various ways...feel free to explain in more detail. Best wishes.

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      ArthritisPatient 4 years ago

      I was told by my PT that long term use of vicodin could cause kidney and other problems. Is this true?

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Arthritis Patient, Long term use of Vicodin - in recommended dosages - to otherwise healthy individuals has not been shown to be a problem with the kidneys. However, it should be used with caution in patients with compromised kidney function, patients using other medications or the elderly.

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      me free 4 years ago

      I have been on (4) norco yellow 10/325 for approx 4 years. This month they gave me (4) norco WHITE 10/325 pills & I am sick as a dog. non-stop itching everywhere, have hives all over my face & neck, throwing up and they do NOT work for my pain, can someone tell me why? I know my medical records say no white 10/500 lortabs (but the blue ones I did not get sick from, I am allergic to something in the white 10/500). How can these white 10/325 norcos be making me so sick, break out in such hives & not help with my pain & what should I do about this? I already took them home from the pharmacy without looking at them, (my bad but this has never happened before). There is no way I can go a month without this medication or being this sick and broke out in hives and throwing up.

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      Carol W. 4 years ago

      If Vicodin and Norco have the same ingredients, then why does it seem like I have a harder time breathing when I take Norco?

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      me free,

      Sorry about this situation. Often there is sadly no way of knowing for sure why such a reaction occurs. I always advise making sure you got the right pills, since that reaction was quite severe. The doctor may be willing to authorize a short term prescription to get you through until the next refill is due.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Carol,

      Hard to say. Could be you are sensitive to one of the inert ingredients in the Norco? Definitely stick with the Vicodin if possible.

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      Kaye 3 years ago

      I have a hard time also taking Norco

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      Bernadine1 3 years ago

      I wanted to thank whoever did this page..I found the answer I needed on the 1st page n I only had to read it 1 time...lol Oh and I see you also answer pts. questions...2 thumbs up!

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      MJ 3 years ago

      I have 3 bulging Disks in my lower back. This past week my Grandaddy passed away and we had lots if family come in from out of town so needless to say I have not had any down time and tried to help my parents get their house ready for all the company staying with them. Today everything has caught up with me and somehow I have taken 3 lortab 5 and a zanaflex 6 mg within 5 hrs. Now I'm just wondering if I can just sleep it off or should I be worried?

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      gc 3 years ago

      Are they taking lortab 7.5/500 off the market and do you know when. That's what I heard from my doctors nurse

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      gc,

      Come January, the FDA restriction of no more than 325mg of acetaminophen per dose will begin to be enforced. So Lortab 7.5/500 will have to be reformulated or be discontinued.

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      buddy H 3 years ago

      I'm gonna b going to me 2nd lower back surgery this jan, and my family doc prescribed me vic 10/625 and then me surgery doc gave me norco 10/325 and the norco made me feel sick and had weird dreams and also more sleepy.. hopefully u can help me and happy hollidays

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      exhausted 3 years ago

      After nearly three years of spinal problems that have "dominoed" from #1 down through the thoracic and into the lumbar, I've been on Norco 10/325 for two and a half of the three years. They're essentially tictacs at this point, except they don't freshen my breath.

      I've gone from a restaurant manager to a Regional Account Manager with a major medical supply company, to a Regional Marketing Director with a nationwide home security company, to finally unemployed, unable to hold my head up. If I'm not in bed, I'm in excruciating pain. Even in bed, the pain is a 7/10.

      I'm writing to thank you for being a support system for so many who, I guarantee, are treated much like I am- a simple drug addict with exaggerated "pain problems". It's hurtful, it's degrading, it's demeaning, it's embarrassing, it's shameful, and most importantly, it's incorrect. I'm not a drug addict. I'm addicted to feeling well enough to mow the yard or do the dishes or be able to stand up long enough to shower once a day.

      I've decided to quit, though, and give in to the temptation to finally end the pain. I'm fighting for disability so that I can sign the back paycheck over to my fiancé and then I can't continue living in this much pain.

      I could have just closed this webpage, which might have been smarter, but I want you to know that you're doing something amazing by just talking to people without judging them. You're not treating them like addicts, you're treating them like people in pain.

      Thank you. To anyone else who might read this- continue fighting through it, please. Talk to people that care and can help. Don't quit like I am. Be stronger. Be better.

      Good luck to all of you. I wish I could take all the pain with me, and I'm sorry I can't.

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      Tammy 3 years ago

      I take loratab 10/500 my insurance company don't want to pay so they asked my dr to lower the 500 mg of apap so now I'm taking norco 10/325 what is the difference in them I kinda feel weird on the norco

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Dear exhausted,

      What you have written convinces me that the work God has for you on this earth is not done. That was, by far, the most thoughtful and meaningful response I have ever received in my on-line writing career. Please don't give up. If you can do what you just did for me, in spite of your pain, then you have a gift that should not be lost and one which this world desperately needs.

      If working in medicine has taught me anything it has taught me this: If you have seen one doctor (or pharmacist, or nurse, etc) then you have seen one doctor. That's it. Everyone is different. There are no medical cookie-cutters out there. Every professional has unique insights and you shouldn't give up until you have seen them all.

      Life, even a painful life, is a gift. Some of us forget that and we shamefully take for granted our pain-free existence. You have taught me that lesson afresh.

      Please reach out to me via email, as I would love to learn more about your situation and encourage you to use your gift to bless others as you have blessed me.

      Sincerely,

      Jason

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      clarisse3 3 years ago

      hello, I have been trying to do research on this and found nothing, hopefully you can help. I have been taking Lorcet 10/650, 4 a day as prescibed for 10 years now and was informed yesterday at pharmacy that that the FDA banned them, which i knew was coming but didn't know when, and Jan 1 will be the new form 10/325. My question is, will i go into any withdrawls from this lower dose? The pharmacist says to take and extra 325mg tylenol to make up for it, but I am very scared that I will get sick from it, also will it come in generic form or be the Norco brancd which I have heard causes some reactions,also will the doc have to prescibe extra pills to manage the pain better, and will they be allowed to? any help will be appreciated, thank you

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      ophambor 3 years ago

      I have been taking 7.5/325 vicodin for 8years now, my injuries have worsened and my Dr has changed my perception to 10/325. I am not feeling the same relief as I previously did with the 7.5/325. How and why is this possible?

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Tammy,

      They are the same ingredients, with just slightly lower Tylenol content. However, it is possible that the way it gets absorbed into your body, the timing, the blood levels...might be a bit different and you would notice this. It should, however, be about the same for pain control.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Clarisse3,

      You will not have any reactions per se. The "stronger" component, the hydrocodone, is identical. The smaller amount of Tylenol just makes it safer on your liver.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Ophambor,

      What has happened is your pain has increased for some reason. The medicine is stronger, but due to the increased pain it does not feel as good. Keep in touch with your MD about pain options.

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      Jmcclan 3 years ago

      I've been taking hydrocodone 10-325 at up to 1 every 3 hours per rx often with little pain relief in addition to fentanyl 25 patch and 75 mg lyrica 3x day all per rx in addition to topomax, xarelto, trental. Have been trying to decrease hydrocodone frequency due to nasal stuffiness and chest heaviness esp. At night with some increased effort to breathe and increased heart rate. Went to ER on Sunday worried about PE but that and cardiac probs were ruled out. Could I have a little drug interaction or possibly a drug sensitivity occurring? Am trying to get in to see an allergist known for really checking things out but may take awhile to get in as I'd be a new pt. very exhausted and worried as poor pain relief on 3 month ankle ulcer and concern over only pain relief I have. Also have had mild itchiness with the hydrocodone since taking it.

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      jessw 3 years ago

      Ok I was prescribed 100 Norco 10-325 4 daily for pain and 2 refills so I filled it on Jan 15th my question is when Is the next date I can refill it on, of course I don't want to call my pharmacy and ask cause I have not gone through all them or anything I just don't want to call early and then feel stupid having them say I cannot refill them yet. Thanks

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      Gary Summers 3 years ago

      This article is WRONG! There is a Vicodin.com website, from the maker. The problem with articles like this, is they may have been correct, when written, but Facts change as well as perspectives.

      you should list last question first, so people know the most recent post to the page, rather than what some one said two years ago.

      Today, 2/5/14, There is a website, vicodin.com , brom Abbvie, the maker.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Next refill would be due 25 days from January 15. If you don't need 4 every day...then just wait until you have 3-4 days left before calling.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Gary,

      Yes, Abbvie did build a new website to help promote their overpriced version of hydrocodone/apap once they reformulated to 300mg. The question order is a Hubpage thing.

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      BarbyS 3 years ago

      I have the problem of itching horribly (no hives) from any narcotic. I have had 3 back surgeries, all controlled by Oxycodone (don't remember the mg., and I took 2 Benedryl with each dose. Recently, my back pain has gotten bad and my pain doctor gave me Percocet 10 (Acetaminophin ?) and even 4 Benedryl wouldn't stop the terrible itching. Now years later in two weeks I am having foot surgery. The surgeon says in her pamphlet that her patients may be prescribed Norco 10/325. I know I will need Benedryl, but now I am so afraid that Benedryl is not working any more. Can you give me any words of advice?

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      gapeach 3 years ago

      Hi, I have maant chronic medical conditions. I have been taking 7.5/500 Lortab for over a year. The medication seemed to be helping me to be able to get through the day, I had energy and moderate pain relief. I nust recently visited my primary doctor and was told that he could not prescribe the 7.500 Lortab anymore. This medication is know longer available. He prescribed the Norco 7.5/325 one tablet by mouth four tins over day. I do not have the same feeling and/0r the pain relief as before. I had some energy as well as pain relief and could have some quality of life. I just visits my GP again this week and was changed to oxycodone/acet (Percocet) 10-325 one tablet every 6-8 hours. Neither of these have helped with my pain and I have less energy. I suffer from depression/anxiety/PTSD and many more chronic condition. Can't you suggest a pain med that will be compatable to the Lortab? I can hardly tolerate the decreased energy and pain. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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      cfd77 3 years ago

      Hi! I am 4 weeks post op from ALIF at L5-S1. I've had discectomy done twice (2002 and 2012) The last one didn't help any so we did injections and that offered no relief so it was on to the fusion. So far I haven't reached that point where I'm feeling any relief. My surgeon acted like I should have felt relief immediately. I'm still having lower back, butt, and all the way down my leg into my ankle and foot pain . I was on hydrocodone 10-325 for 2 years. In June of last year, my Pain Management Doctor moved me to Percocet 10-325 every 6 hours because the hydro wasn't giving me the relief anymore. The first week after my fusion I was on the Percocet (every 4-6 hours) and when I called in for a refill they took me back down to the hydro 10 (every 4-6 hours). It obviously didn't work as well as the Percocet but I dealt with it. They kept me there for 2 weeks and this week they moved me down to hydro 7.5-325 every 6-8 hours! This has not worked for me. I'm usually really great about doing exactly what they say (because in PM you have to follow the rules… no exceptions) I have had no relief from my surgery and still have a constant pain of at least 6/10 with random spikes to 8/10. I plan on calling them in the morning but I'm really worried they are going to give me a hard time. I have taken more meds the last few days because I couldn't deal with the pain.* The other thing Ive noticed is my pain comes back at about the 3 hour mark instead of (what used to be) about the 5-5.5 hour mark. This has made it even more difficult considering they not only lowered my mgs, but also increased the time in between to 6-8 hours. Does the body build up a tolerance and the meds wear off sooner after time?* I've saw other people post on here and I feel the same way… I feel like I'm being judged and labeled a "pill head" by the doctors and anyone who knows. It's so frustrating because I need them just to get thru the day without breaking down in tears from my pain, and other people are taking them just for pleasure. These people make it all so much harder for those of us who truly live with daily pain. With all of that being said, here is my main question… Does the body build up a tolerance and the meds wear off sooner after time?

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I live in tennessee and i go to a pain clinic i was getting 7.5 loratab 120 a month and soma 90 a month, plus i get epidural steroid injections in the l 4 - 5 lumbar every 3 months, plus have bad knee had 3 surgeries on it, i see the regular dr. to get injection, and the nurse practitioner for meds, i came about 6 months ago and there was a new nurse practitioner the other one was gone, and first thing she did was started changing my medicine, she took me off soma and put me on oxycontin 15 mg. then a few visits after that she changed me from the loratab 7.5 to norco 10 mg. my pain was under control before she started all these changes, i have been going to this doctors officer for years they did random drug test i never failed one, because that was all i took and used as prescribed. I tried to talk to them about going back on my medicine i was on and they told me they were going to stop making loratab , i find that very hard to believe and can't find any information about it, and they said somas are just for people that like to do drugs they can give me muscle relaxers and i tried them maybe it is because i have been on the for yrs. and in combination with the loritab, i don't know that is one question i have for you and the other is are they going to stop making the loritab? i had a herniated disc and had to have surgery, scar tissue built up around it and when i move it presses the tissue in , i have been telling them for months the right side of my back is hurting and they finally did an mri on it, and the it almost bone on bone and when i move the scar tissue squeezes in on the nerve on my spine, just wanted you to know why i am taking the medicine, i would appreciate you help thank you.

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      Steven 3 years ago

      I've been taking pain medicine on a daily basis since 1999. I feel I'm as qualified as anyone to comment. I agree that 10/325 Norco is the best choice of all the hydrocodones. I don't agree that APAP makes any difference whatsoever $6. In fact I think Acetaminophen should be taken off the market altogether. The risks far far outweigh what is virtually a non existent benefit. What I find interesting is that a lot of people think that one works better than the other when they are virtually identical. Even when the only difference is the manufacturer such as Mallinckrot and Watson. I've heard people say Watson is better which is completely in their head. a 10/500 from either manufacturer is the exact same. So the interesting thing to me is how the mind can be tricked into managing pain. Also I read an article here where a pharmacist said hydrocodone and oxycodone are about the same potency. Ridiculous. Anyone who takes pain medicine on a daily basis will tell you oxycodone is more effective. I'm to the point where hydrocodone is worthless. My tolerance is just too high. Also a pharmacist recommended long termers should consider MS Contin. Any amateur chemist knows that Morphine when taken orally is about as effective for moderate to severe pain as an aspirin.

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      Steven 3 years ago

      My recommendation for long term, high tolerance pain control...Fentanyl Patches.

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      Steven 3 years ago

      cfd77 Absolutely you build a tolerance. I'm surprised you got relief at all in the second year of hydrocodone. Now days you have to search far and wide for a real, non-cowardly, pain management doctor. I drive 180 miles round trip to mine. I'm in no way recommending this or condoning this but I can take 10 - 10MG hydrocodones and get no relief and no side effects other than the damage to my liver from too much APAP. I don't do it at all. I'm just saying that my tolerance is such that it's possible. I take 30MG of oxycodone every 6 hours and I have a 50 Fentynal patch.

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      Steven 3 years ago

      For everyone posting about injections. There are no valid studies that show injections provide any long term relief. Also steroids diminish your immune system. Injections are basically a scam so doctors can charge obscene amounts of money for an injection versus just an office visit. If you have a doctor that forces you to get injections in order to receive your pain meds, then it's time for a doctor change.

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      Michael Massey 3 years ago

      I had surgery in 2008 and was prescribed Lortab 10.Within a few days I began to have constipation. Why isn't this problem talked about.The doctor took me off the Lortabs and every thing returned to normal.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Yes. Ask for Vistaril (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) instead.

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      Joeydickens 3 years ago

      I have been experiencing real bad headaches lately. I also have a VP brain shunt to help drain excess spinal fluid from the brain, however, I'm beginning to think it is malfunctioning. Of course, when I went to the ER, they did a CAT scan, but according to the doctor, everything looked ok. Personally, I think they should have done an MRI and a shunt series (series of X-Rays to make sure the shunt and shunt tubing are ok or just aren't "kinked up" in some spot.)

      The Dr. did prescribe Norco 10-325, which, of course, I got in the generic, however, once I go back to work, I won't be able to take it while on the job, for fear that it will make me want to sleep anyway and I won't be as alert.

      Also, my PCP has already made a referral to a new neurologist, but I'm obviously concerned that they aren't going to see the problem that could be present. I feel that adult hydrocephalus patients aren't given the same level of care as pediatric patients...And that is coming from someone who had all 5 of his surgeries at a Children's Hospital. Joey

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      friend 3 years ago

      If ya need help with pain email honestmeds11@outlook.com feel better guys

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      Barbi 3 years ago

      Please help me! Post-terrible accident and surgery, I was Rx Lortab (10/500, 2/day)----it is 3 years now---I am "addicted" (at least dependent) and also a recovering alcoholic. When I cut down the Lortab, the urge to drink is horrible. Can you suggest an at-home method to taper down and eventually remain Rx-free from Lortab? I WOULD GREATLY appreeicate your help! (I'm female; in 70's - and very concerned)

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      Val 3 years ago

      Hello, I had emergency abdominal surgery (open lap) 3 weeks ago, and was prescribed Norco 5/325 which I tolerated well. I normally don't take pain meds, as I believe naproxen always worked best for me. My physicians do not want me taking naproxen, this they've prescribed the norco. They recently switched me to the 10/325, and recommended I break in half, to minimize the acetomenophen. For the past two or three days since I switched, I have horrible lower back pain, that I didn't have prior. I woke up in excruciating pain, and ended up taking the non narcotic naproxen for relief. Is there any reason that the change from the 5/325 to 1/2 the 10/325, would cause so much pain? Any advice would be helpful! Thank you, and prayers for healing for you all!

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      Joeydickens 3 years ago

      I had a question...When I was in the emergency room, I was prescribed Norco for my headaches, which, of course, "knocks me out", however, at a follow-up visit with my PCP, she prescribed Fioricet. I don't experience the drowsiness with the Fioricet like I did with the Norco (which is good). What is the difference between Fioricet and Norco (or its counterparts that you reference on your website?). Also, I realize you may not have an answer, but you know how pharmacies put those "stickers" on the bottles reminding you of side effects? The Fioricet bottle has one that indicates "May cause drowsiness ." Is there a reason why I don't experience that with the Fioricet? Just curious.

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      Laurie 3 years ago

      I've been taking Hydrocodone 5/500 (Lortab) for chronic pelvic pain for the last year and it worked really well for me. Because of the current changes in the medications I've now been prescribed Vicodin 5/300. I find the Vicodine does not give me any relief with my pain and It also gives me a pounding headache. Any suggestions?

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      Marianna 3 years ago

      I am allergic to MOST pain medication. The only one that allowed my body free of pain and not have s medal post put into my neck is WATSON brand formula ONLY. 5/500. Never abused & taken for 17 years now at age 71. Recently I had hip replacement. Could not handle morphine well at all & not Norco of which my long term Dr. Agreed. They made this formula for people sensitive to codine & narcotics in general. If they take this exact formula not generic fillers I will be fine. If not I will have to have the medal post surgery that I have been able to avoid with WATSON ONLY BRAND. If people abuse, they should go to prison, not take it away from a person in my case.

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      Bobbi Smith 3 years ago

      A friend says her teeth are crumbling due to taking a narcotic painkiller. Is this a common reaction to the medication?

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hello Val,

      Switching to the 10/325 probably had nothing to do with the pain. Lower back pain is often progressive and many things can cause a temporary increase in pain. I would look into other alternatives such as muscle relaxants or lidocaine patches. Talk to your MD. Hang in there.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Joeydickens,

      Fioricet is a non-narcotic combination often used for headaches. It contains acetaminophen, caffeine and butalbital. That last ingredient can sometimes cause some drowsiness, but not usually in this combination, due to the caffeine.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Laurie,

      Ideally you should try as many non-narcotic options as possible. Ask about some NSAID options, or even tramadol. Try to limit the use of hydrocodone as much as possible.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Bobbie Smith,

      No. Gum disease is a side effect of some medications. But this is not a common problem with narcotics.

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      Araxie Calder 3 years ago

      I just had a tonsilectomy and I was prescribed 5mg of a generic Norco prescription. It does nothing to relieve the pain, and I have another week of this healing process. Can I safely take another tab?

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      katie 3 years ago

      I was on 10 / 650 hydrocodone for years they just stop making it so they put me on 10 / 325 and its just not working the 10 6 / 50 BlazBlue and for some odd reason I know they're the same so I've been taking a half a Tylenol with it is there anything that's exactly like the old 10 650

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      frankie 3 years ago

      i recently had surgery & the dr prescribed oxycodone for pain well after about 2-3 days i noticed i was duing a lot of itching then i asked my husband to look at my back nd i had broken out n a rash n several spots so i called my dr nd he switched my pain med. sayin i was "probably" having an allergic reaction.well now hes got me on hydrocodone, and by all means its taking the pain away but giving me very intense headaches so im taking 500 mg over the counter acetometaphen for that and its also making me feel really WEIRD.almost like a scary weird. im gunna start taking half starting today nd c if that helps. bt idk?

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Barbi,

      The key is SMALL decreases. Lower you daily dose by just 1/4 tablet - with your doctor's permission. Go slow.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Araxie,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. Hoping you made it through the worst of it.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      That's basically the same thing - but you just have to be careful with the Tylenol. Too much is very dangerous.

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      Jason Poquette 3 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Frankie,

      Pain management after surgery can be challenging. Talk to your doctor. You may just need a lower dose.

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      Angela 3 years ago

      I recently had colon cancer. During the chemo treatment I began to have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. My oncologist is very wary of giving me pain meds. I'm already on Hydrocodone 10/325 for various other problems. The hydrocodone worked fine until the neuropathy. What should I request from my oncologist for the neuropathy around the cl0ck severe pain?

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      LisakH 3 years ago

      I was sent to a pain management specialist about 4 years ago because of an injury at work. I had multiple ruptured disc and a torn rotator cuff. I had been treated prior to this for sciatica. I have had many test and tried the other options to narcotic medications. I had the ACDF surgery. I was forced to return to work 8 days post op. The first specialist that had treated me for sciatica did several injections and prescribed 10mg methadone 3 times daily. I had to change doctors due to insurance. I asked them not to prescribe methadone because it made me a zombie, it also caused family problems. The doctor ordered vicodin 10/660(I remember it was 10 something), I have taken it for over 5 years. I asked my doctor if I could change to something else because put was not effectively helping with the pain. He told me he wants me off it because I'm addicted. I asked if he meant dependent or had developed a tolerance, he replied no, everyone on narcotic pain meds become addicted. I know that there's a difference and what it is. Sadly, he may not. I'm not a medical person but studied psychology for many years and worked with many people with sub abuse issues. I am still trying to deal with the sciatica issue and the disc above my fusion is ruptured. I don't want to get high, I've never had any questionable issues that might give reason to suspect a problem. Their office however ignored my retiring telling them that I was having issues with pain, feeling of something in my throat and other problems telling me that just because I'm saying I'm in pain the doctor won't give me more meds. I replied, I didn't ask for meds, I asked to find out what is wrong. After this had gone on for over a year they ordered an MRI. They found a 2 1/2 growth on my thyroid and another ruptured disc. I just need direction. Is there a way to make my medications more effective. They did order 15 mg. Ms contin twice daily after the MRI incident. This is a pain management specialist and him showing lack of knowledge regarding the difference between addiction and dependence is frightening. I know there is a big problem with these drugs right now, but there's also real pain patients who deserve to have some relief.

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      sad Momma 3 years ago

      I just had surgery. In the hospital, I took Lortab and felt pretty good with it. Now discharged I'm taking Norco. It is horrible!! I hate it. Nausea, dizzy, shortness of breath......and I feel really weird too. I called my doc and she called in Lortab. The pharmacy just called and said it's the same thing and my insurance won't cover it. How terrible there is all this confusion. Now I will have to take OTC Tylenol. So much for pain management.

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      Ann 3 years ago

      Had a tooth pulled out.. Couldn't take norco 5 mg.. Broke out in rash and madee sick... I ask him to give me vicodin ... Never had problem with that... He said it's exactly the same.. So they gave me Ty 3 ... Needless to say that doesn't work... I know there are some differences in norco in vicodin .. They told me to research it

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      Jason Poquette 2 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Angela - Neuropathy can be quite painful, and the available options that would be right for you is something to discuss with your physician. Possibilities (though not necessarily recommended in your case) could be things like gabapentin, Lyrica or Cymbalta. Definitely talk more to your doctor or request to see a specialist.

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      Jason Poquette 2 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi LisakH,

      The best approach is always to talk to friends and family about doctors that they have had a good experience with. Also, if you have a primary care physician, talk to him/her about other options. It is understandable that your pain specialist wants to be conservative, but at the same time they need to listen to you and offer help and options. Best wishes.

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      Jason Poquette 2 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Ann,

      Norco and Vicodin have exactly the same 2 active ingredients. But it is possible that you had a reaction to some other inactive ingredient in the Norco.....or it is possible that the rash was due to something else (and the Norco was just a coincidence).

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      Holly 2 years ago

      Thank you for the info, I have severe RA and because of the drue drealers in my area , I suffer, no one writes these drug any longer due to the dea. It is sad because I have i had 1/15 of a. 30 day supply of my scrip left on a monthly basis so that proves there is no abuse on my part, I cry when I do run out because of this. The ones that really need it are turned down. Thank you for the information !!

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      Loren 2 years ago

      Does nor co have anti inflammatory properties

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      Jason Poquette 2 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Norco is not an anti-inflammatory.

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      Jimmy 2 years ago

      How do explain to my Dr I have been taking hydrocodone 7.5 3 times a day for the last five plus years for two crushed disc pinching a nerve in my lower back and the medicine has quit working and I need something stronger and my pain has worsened a lot

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      Kevin 2 years ago

      I had been taking lortabs for over 15 yrs with little to no side effects . I was recently switched to norco 10/325 and they make me itch pretty badly is there a different filler in the norco that could cause this .

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      Jason Poquette 2 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Kevin,

      Could be a different filler. Hard to say for sure.

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      pat 2 years ago

      I have taken vic es for my back for years. The generic used to be white watson. Now the pharmacist said they don't make them anymore. The new ones are light orange w a v on one side and 36 05 on the back. They feel different. I get sick from them. They take my energy away and i get dizzy. Someone told me i shld change to norco, same strength. The old vics were perfect. Wht should i do? Im afraid to change the prescript to norco and have it be worse.

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      Mary C. 2 years ago

      Yes sir...thank you for your info and advice...I am a very healthy 61 yr. young female suffering from sciatica (just gad MRI..thre herniated discs in lower back area) ..I have been seeing a pain medicine doctor for approx. five months...unbearable pain...first prescribed Percocet 10/ 325 four times a day...no help because this is a continuous pain and I hated the fact that I was taking so much Tylenol ...so then he put me on vicuprofen ...helped but not continuous..now on fentynal patch,50mcg one every three or four days plus he put me back on Percocet but "I" was the one that said I wanted the dose lowered..the patch works but I see him in three days and I want to go off the Percocet all together but I would like to have the patch strength increased or what would you suggest as as another breakthrough medicine...I am scared to even mention a change because he makes you feel like a druggie to begin with even with the results of my MRI...and at any time..even though I have never had a problem with abuse, running out and having to call the office...none of that. Can you please let me know what you would do? Thank you and God Bless

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      Ed Cali 2 years ago

      I had fusion in2000. Was taking 6 vicodin 10/500's a day. As pain and my weight diminished I have taken less. It's taken 14 years but I can get by with 1 1/2 - 2 a day. I prefer ice and tens plus P.T. I want to quit but am scared todeath of withdrawals. When would I be able to stop and not have withdrawals?

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      Assreeka Buttstinka 2 years ago

      Yeah, I need every box of fentanyl patches ya got! I also need dilaudid pills & the syrup! Thanks so much.

      Lol

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      Marcus 2 years ago

      I went to my chronic pain doc today, he told me that Norco was going to be discontinued. So what's going to be the replacement?

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      help 2 years ago

      They should burn the current Norco...it should have been off the shelves after reformulation...poison pill

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      Nancy 2 years ago

      What and how should I be taking in form of pain medication. I have osteopenia and my L5-S1 collapsed and had artificial disc surgery to avoid fusion. Good result, no pain meds needed. Then bursitis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myoclonus (everywhere) and rotator cuff tears. Tumors in different areas removed as changing. Had thyroidectomy and hysterectomy. Fell and burst fracture to T12 with top shard 7 mm into spinal canal. tried to heal naturally given 10/325 norco 10 of them per day. Spine became unstable and 5 level fusion done. Pain slowly worsened (severe pain 7-10 daily basis) and rods were moving so had hardware removed and now have level fusion T9-L3. Now pain worsening and new pain in ribs, CT showed compression fractures above fusion with compromised disc (50%). Before last surgery I had been on Fentanyl 50mg and Norco and Valium. Since surgery DEA scaring all doctors. Surgeon released me to pain doctor (no clinics would take someone needing chronic pain meds, I was guided thru by my general doctor but told they will be taking me off). I am only on Norco 10/325 getting 6 per day. I do not feel anything taking 1 or 2 at a time. TENS no longer works, Injections no longer help. I have CNS problems (familial essential myoclonus) so may be why pain meds not helping with pain. Anti depressant/Anxiety meds give me crazy heart/eye side effects. Have Sjogrens so dryness is an issue. I cannot exercise or do anything basically without having 8-10 pain ensue and nothing to help. I'm at wits end. DEA said that chronic pain patients are to be protected which is a joke. My pharmacist said that thinking chronic pain patients are getting care. They are only seeing patients lucky enough to get a doctor to write! I wish people who judge me when I discuss issue could link into my body to feel what I deal with daily. Hardly any sleep last 3 years. I sometimes go days without any sleep. They want me to see psychiatrist when I already see therapist, because I want life to end. I say, take care of my pain and if I am still suicidal I will go to a psychiatrist! Is there any trick as to how to take? I think I have tried everything. I'm afraid if I tell new Pain doctor that 6 Norco a day don't touch pain that she will just stop altogether. I feel like I have been fighting a life or death fight for 3 1/2 years with pain. Now I have to concurrently fight a battle with pain pills every day. When to take, what to do, how to prevent being without at end of month. I know Norco does help some if taking round the clock because when I run out at end of month pain is unbearable. Help please with any advise.

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      karen 2 years ago

      What is

      hydrocodon-apap 10-325 ? I was getting hydrocodone 10-325

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      Lindsey 23 months ago

      What is is the picture posted for this article? 7.5/750. I don't see that strength on your chart.

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      Jason Poquette 23 months ago from Whitinsville, MA

      The picture is an antique...that strength no longer exists

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      stealth 14 months ago

      In a situation where the patient takes 4-6 Norco 10/325 daily 2-4 hours apart how long will the Norco provide quality pain relief before it melts down to be of no appreciable help - on its own, not when combined with others?

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      Donna 6 months ago

      I suffered a Tbi 4 years ago that resulted in occiptipal neuralgia I underwent surgery in 2013. I suffer in daily pain levels never less than 6 and several days at a time over 10. I have fought through staying off pain mess due to they another helped much so I didn't want to filter my body with them. I finally have gone to pain mgmt and willing to try them on my non function days. Perocets 7.5 they make me very nauseous and sometimes my pain intensifies nowctgey want me to try norco 7.5 I declined bc I remembered hydrocondone never helped at all. Should I have tried them? Any recommendations or advice?

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      Mister Word 6 months ago from Californiaaah

      You mention codeine. How do, say, #2's compare to hydrocodone for pain relief?

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      Renee 6 months ago

      I don't know if you are still answering questions about these different forms of Hydrocodone, but here goes. I have been prescribed Hydrocodone in various forms several times on and off for many years. Since I was 12 when they were planning surgery on my knee. Without going into too much unnecessary information, suffice it to say I have never been one for medicines. From day one (when they first gave me a pain killer which was I believe Darvocet) it has always had a strange effect on me. I do not get dizzy, nauseous, or even sleepy on these narcotics. I actually "speed up" on these pills. It works the same for varying hours depending on the dosage. 6 years ago after abdominal surgery, I was prescribed Norco 10/325. Speeds me up for 6 hours at least. 16 years ago I was prescribed Lorcet after my C-Section (not sure what that dose would've been) but same thing. Speeds me up for 7-9 hours at a time. 2 years ago after tripping over a parking barrier in the hospital parking lot (yes I'm clumsy) I was prescribed 5/500. That wonderful (sarcasm) drug had the lovely effect of speeding me up for 10-12 hours! Likewise about a week later (2 years ago) my husband dropped a plow blade on my shoulder. The dr prescribed 7.5/500. Same issue, yes. Speeding for 6-8 hours, but with a slight change which made me decide to just "deal" with pain and only take my 5/500 as needed when it got completely unbearable. On the 7.5/500 I was absolutely HORRIBLE when the med started to wear off. I mean yelling at my kids for offering to make me a glass of tea, awful. (My kids are teens so it isn't too bad) but nevertheless, I could not stand myself on those. I'm usually a laid back type person and laugh at everything. So when I yelled at my kids for doing something nice, I couldn't take that. My question is, why would I have that reaction to the mid-range dose but not the others? I'm so confused.

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      Linda 5 months ago

      I just started taking generic for Norco 5-325 for pain and am sneezing a lot. Also runny nose and feeling like I'm getting a cold. What should I do?

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