When I was on vacation in New York for a week, I took my hydrocodone every morning before we left the motel. I did very well for that week but was crashed for the next two weeks (just a side note, nothing to do with my question). This past weekend after cleaning on Saturday my back muscles were VERY sore, but I took the hydrocodone regularly and by Monday it was all gone. My question is: does anyone find or think that taking the pain meds on a regular schedule versus "as needed" make a difference? I have been taking a half with advil every morning around 6 or 7. Sometimes I need some later in the day (I have to wait at least 6 hours to avoid drowsiness) and sometimes I don't. I have been taking another half with advil before bed also. Just curious.