Vicodin quit what?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fibrobutterfly, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Vicodin always helped take the edge off but now not so much. What would be next? I take the 750 mg. one.
  2. 3gs

    3gs New Member

    Have you tried Lortab? Oxycontin?

    Can you up the vicodin? Is the 750mg the tylenol part? My Lortab is 10mg of Lortab/5oo mg of tylenol. Ck the split.

  3. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    I had the same thing happen. Started on 5/500 (that's 5mg hydrocodone, 500 mg aceto.), then up to 7.5/500, now on Norco 10/325. I asked for the Norco so I could have a lower intake of the acetominophen. Unfortunately, I take 8/day which is the max my Dr prescribed.

    How many are you taking daily? If it worked before, you just might need to go up on the dose of hydrocodone like I did. I also tried MS Contin which is a 12 hr time release, but didn't work as well for me.

    I worry about this all the time, some days I still hurt even w the max dosage. Problem is, we build up a tolerance to pain meds as many of us know. Grrr.
  4. smhaws

    smhaws New Member

    I also just started taking Neurontin in addition to Vicodin. I have neuropathic-type pain in my legs at night, and the Neurontin seems to be helping with pain as well as sleep.

    My mother, who has post-polio syndrome (and probably FM, but hasn't been dx'ed), said that Neurontin really helped her when even other pain meds couldn't. A benefit of Neurontin is that pain med doctors seem to be less hesitant to prescribe it than stronger opiate meds.

    I am concerned about weight gain with Neurontin, as that is a possible side effect, especially since I can't exercise like I used to. But I'll just have to wait and see if it happens, I suppose.
  5. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    The 750 mgs is the Tylenol part. What is the mgs of Vicodin are you taking?
    Unfortunately tolerance is a natural occurence for many of us. There are other options though. You can lower the amount of Tylenol and up the amount of hydrocodone. I don't know how many you are prescribed to take - but that can usually be increased if necessary.
    Percocet is stronger than Vicodin.
    Also - the longer acting meds can help a lot! You should ask your doctor about that.
  6. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

    I go to a pain specialist who is HIGHLY intelligent and well rounded in his knowledge and education of pain medications......and he is an expert on helping his patients control their pain with not only pain medications but all other things that may help as well........for example he got me a tens unit pain specialist also teaches other dr's how to do pain management properly with their patients! ....anyhow.............

    I just had a discussion on my last visit about this very subject of taking pain medications and how our bodies "ADJUST" to one and it no longer works so well...and this is what my dr told me:

    "when a pain medication no longer is working because our body becomes "ADJUSTED" to it then we need to CHANGE THINGS AROUND"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    It does not mean that you necessarily have to keep increasing to stronger and stronger pain meds because if you "CHANGE THINGS AROUND" THAT SOMETIMES IS ALL YOU NEED!

    I cannot tell you how relieved I was when my dr educated me on this issue because I used to believe that the "ONLY" option I had was to keep taking stronger and stronger things until there was nothing stronger!

    But now that Iam educated on this I understand that there will "ALWAYS" be options and changes I can make to stay on top of my pain meds working for me!

    I truly hope me telling you this has helped you as much as it has helped me!

    Take a deep breath and stop worrying...have your dr change your medication to something different for a while.....and it just may be this time that you DO need to increase to something stronger HOWEVER if I were you I would try to "CHANGE YOUR MEDICATIONS FIRST" TO SEE IF THAT WILL WORK!

    and if your dr( he or she ) will not change then you need to find a pain specialist that knows what they are doing and are highly educated in properly treating pain patients and handling their pain issues!

    the only doctors that will not make changes or increases that are necessary are the ones who do NOT know what they are doing and or are not educated properly on how to treat pain patients! AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE PAIN SPECIALISTS!!!!!!:)

    If you have any questions or want to talk just let me know:).....because I want you to know Iam here for you!

  7. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

  8. thanks for the replies and the bump, fibro fog, I forgot I posted this!!! OMG! DUH!

    It usually helps , especially give me a bit of energy too. I will see what my dr says.

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