135 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Sep 17, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg-5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It grieves me v. much to hear all the negative press and judgementalism about Vicodin users. Of all the treatments I have tried, 1/2 a tab of Vicodin, taken about 4 times a day has been the absolute best treatment, with virtually zero side effects, and allows me to think clearly, and accomplish my studies as a full-time student, as well as work fulltime. Right now, I have had the ability to obtain this drug curtailed by the doubts of my physicians and worries that I am going to abuse it. I suppose this comes from real reports of so many other abusers. However, during the rare times when my pain level is very low, I feel no need to take it and do not take it. So that is my side of the story. If I did not use Vicodin, the most effective agent that allows me the freedom to be the most active in society, I would have spent many more days home from work in bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 11 helpful marks

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Jan 22, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: If taking this med for a long period of time and even though the med was never abused, it is living hell getting off of it. Please do it slowly and not cold turkey. I only take it now when I have an extremely high level of pain that the Tramadol does not get rid of.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

May 31, 2009 (Started Apr 19, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg-5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Trying to get a physician to prescribe pain medications especially opiates, is really difficult. They don't understand that we use it only when we need it and we are not abusing it.
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 6, 2010 (Started Apr 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It worked, but still wasn't strong enough. I finished the prescription but it had no refills.

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 28, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 31, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: when a flare begins, taking 1/2 to 1 tablet will often allow me to feel well enough to muster the energy needed to care for my dog and personal care, including being able to wash my hair. (shampooing is one of the most difficult tasks, vacuuming the carpet is a close tie)
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: hydrocodone worked very well for my pain, which is a mix of fibro and chronic myofascial pain, along with an injury to my left shoulder from Oct 2009 (still not healed as of May 2010). It was necessary to stop take this drug in order to start LDN for Fibro pain. So far, I'm not certain that Fibro is my real diagnosis, as the muscle pain remains in my back, chest and arms. The all over aching of Fibro is still in the background, but is so much more quiet than anytime in the past 16 yrs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: taking 1/2 tab provides excellent pain relief and clears brain fog. Effects last approx 12-18 hrs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It is one of the few things that makes a difference in my pain. I am NOT addicted. I am sick of people telling me all their garbage about me taking it. I find I don't need it when I get injections of steroids. I take it because I have PAIN. That's it. I wish they would quit talking about how bad it is because the junkies and addicts steal it. I think there is a type of people who can't drink alcohol or medications. I would be a completely miserable person if I didn't have it for pain. I would rather use this than be taking something constantly for pain (Cymbalta or lyrica) those side effects really scare me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 22, 2013 (Started Nov 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breakthrough pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated liver enzymes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My liver enzymes soared, most likely due to a reaction to Cefdinir (an antibiotic) so on the advice of my doctor, I eliminated as much meds that contain Tylenol as possible. We switched from Hydrocodone to Oxycodone for that reason. I think it was in January 2013, but I'm not 100% sure of the date.

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 19, 2008 (Started Jun 30, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 4, 2008 (Started May 04, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lightheadedness, sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: lightheadedness, sleeplessness

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 11, 2008 (Started Sep 02, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: You must use it only as directed to avoid complications like overdose and addiction. Follow your doctors orders and try other means of pain relief first befor ereaching for narcotics.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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