I have been on Vicodin for years, first for migraines only and then also for fibro pain. It is getting so that the itching this medicine causes me is nearly unbearable, even when I take Benedryl. There is no rash, so I don't think it's an allergy issue. I don't want to ask my doctor for alternatives, as when I've done that in the past he's done one of two things: 1) suggested something less potent, which does not stop the pain, or 2) just suggested withdrawing the Vicodin altogether. He doesn't like giving me narcotics AT ALL, but you know how it is...sometimes you just have to have the pain relief, and nothing else works! I don't want to look for another doc, as I really like everything else about him. I just know he is very concerned about the narcotics/addiction issue. (I'm working to educate him on this. ) So I'm wondering, what else can I suggest to him that he would see as roughly equivalent to Vicodin (because he will veto anything he would see as "more potent"), that will give me equal pain relief without making me itch so badly? Is there another similar narcotic? I've tried Ultram, Ultracet, Esgic + (butalbital), and Darvocet with no success. (I know they are lesser analgesics.) Any ideas you have will be greatly appreciated.