Comment from: fibrohero, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: September 09

I have been taking Norco for years for treatment of Fibromyalgia and RSD pain (plus a few other fun things). I have fairly severe nerve damage and the pain is horrendous without meds. Before I found a doctor who would actually treat my pain, I wanted to give up. Taking the meds gave me back my life. I had to deal with the predjudice people have against people who take long-term pain meds and had to get over the fear of addiction. When the meds lose their effectiveness, I have my doc change me to a different med for a month or so and then switch back to the Norco. I have found that it just works the best for me. I have tried oxycontin, but have found that taking it longer than a few weeks the side effects are too severe. If you are taking Norco short-term, the risk of addiction isn't so bad. If you are taking this (or any narcotic) long-term, just be smart about it. If you find you are seeking other drugs or doctors, check yourself and get help if you need it. If you have a long-term illness like I have, get over the fact that you have to take narcotics and make the others in your life get over it, too. Norco gave me back my life. I appreciate the fact that there is something with few side effects that can help me this much.

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Comment from: Zigie's dad, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: July 09

I was taking Norco 10/350 for about a year for lower back/leg pain. After a while, effectivnes started to diminish and found myself taking more to maintain... 3-4/day. After a year, wanted to see if I could do without it, but had developed somewhat of a phys/ mental dependency. Went to Dr. and here is what we did. Slowly started to reduce amount taken by approx 1/2 pill every 5 days. It took some willpower and a determination to quit, but it worked. In about 20-25 days, you're done. To help with some of the withdrawal side effects, I used Ibuprofen 600mg 1-2/day and .5mg of Ativan/lorezapam 2/day and then slowly took less of those. Drink lots of water and exercise if possible. Toward the end, I was taking 1/2 Norco about 1 -2 hrs before bedtime and didn't get the restless legs. Overall, Norco worked for me, but be carefull, one can really start to like the opiate high and sense of euphoria. I can see how someone with a compulsive personality can get into trouble with this stuff after several weeks. In general, it takes about 3 weeks to develope a dependency and about 3 weeks to reverse it. Again, the reversal took a moderate amount of willingness to do so, but wasn't really that difficult or uncomfortable.

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Comment from: Caspian, 65-74 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: April 10

Little or no pain of knees or hands after taking boswellia for 2 or 3 weeks. I have tried going without it, but after 2 weeks my pain would come back.

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Comment from: 25-34 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 18

I've taken this for about the last 3 yrs for endometriosis and chronic back pain. I'd been on the 7.5/325 dosage for 2 1/2 yrs then had to move up to the 10/325 dosage due to it having become less effective. I've never had an issues taking it on an empty stomach, and that's the best way to do so for the effectiveness to remain the same. My dr and I both agree that I'm at a low risk for dependency due to the way I take my meds., so I haven't had to worry about that either. I used to take vicodin 7.5/750 and switched to Norco to lessen the chances of liver damage down the road. Many ppl feel that this is a very strong drug, but in the ultimate scheme of things it's really not. There are many meds that are stronger on the market (eg OxyContin, Fentynol) and when combined with NSAID's its effects are that much better. I have found that most GP's and family drs will refer u to see a pain mgmt dr for ongoing treatment, and they want to see u every 2-4 wks for refills. If u have ongoing conditions this can get costly, but the medicine is worth it to relieve ur pain. I highly reccommend it for anyone who needs pain relief and has a fear of addiction.

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Comment from: BrokenFirefighter, 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 15

I am a disabled fire fighter I was hurt on the job. A roof fell ontop of me...anyways I have been thriough many surgerys and live with horrible pain. I have tried EVERYTHING!! and it ends up that I am alleric to most pain meds. I started taking Norco several years ago and it works great Its so wierd cuz I could take 6 percocets and it barely touches my pain I take 2-3 norco and it helps my pain so much. I do take 10-11 a day which is alot but i keep it under 12 a day on very bad days Thank god I have the same Dr who also did my surgerys ,when i tell other my (PC)doc they flip out with the amout I take a day,but I dont take anything but the norco and ambian.My pain is overwhelming and its hard to just get up outta bed everyday if it wasnt for the norco I dont know what I would do. Alot of DRs nowadays dont understand PAIN So always be upfront with your Drs and clearly MAKE them understand what kind of pain you are in dont walk away with not being heard.I did that many years and lived with this pain until I just couldnt take it anymore. I mean and i am dealing with WC who just give me the worst time about paying for my meds. My career is over at 36 i shouldnt be denied basic things to just live like a normal person. I say to those trying norco try taking 1/2 at first and take it as directed I have seen may folks get all screwed up on this medication. Good luck to everyone out there with pain...sorry this was so long but i wanted to let people know they are never alone..Thanks for your time

Comment from: Lisa, 25-34 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: November 03

I have been on Norco for about 6 months, I was on Vicodin before and my Dr upped my meds to Norco for my back pain. This pill has been wonderful, not only does it relieve my back pain, but I have no side effects other than it gives me a relaxed feeling. This is one of the best pain medications I have ever taken!!

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Comment from: Old Texan, 75 or over Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: March 17

I am 77 years old. I take Norco 10/325 for chronic pain related to 1) Effects of long term Lyme disease syndrome. 2) Recent accident causing cellulitis. 3) From a fall causing a Reverse Arthroscopy (shoulder replacement). 4) Arthritis. 5) Fibromyalgia, probably caused by the Lyme disease. For years I just hurt. Doctors had me take naproxin and ibuprofen, which were largely ineffective. Then I got a doctor who is an elder care specialist. I recommend that you elderly folks, even if your doctor has been treating you for years, search out an elder care specialist. If your doctor is not successfully managing your pain, change doctors. You may just get your life back. I did. The new crop of orthopedic doctors are very good at treating arthritis with new procedures without surgery or pain medicines. Opoid constipation can be successfully controlled by eating minimally processed vegetables and fruit, such as dates, pineapple, avocado, etc. think outside the box here,fruit is no longer prunes and apples. Dried fruits are excellent and seem to be more effective. A cellulose fiber supplement such as Fiber-Con helps, too. You need to keep your stool bulky and soft. Just my experiences, I hope this helps you.

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Comment from: sray, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 12

I have been taking standardized boswellia 300 mg 3X/day in place of celebrex for over a month now, and my upper gi track has not been flaring up like it was on a daily basis.

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Comment from: no surgery, 65-74 (Patient) Published: March 21

I found relief from continuous knee pain. If you stop using it it stops working.

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Comment from: Joelle, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: April 30

I began using Boswellia (AOR Maxi-Boz, from Canada)about ten years ago for knee pain. I had been prescribed Boswellia before at the Arya Vaidya Shala Research Hospital in Delhi as part of a course of anti-arthritis treatment that worked very well. At the time they impressed on me the importance of using high quality supplements backed by research, which is why I chose AOR. I've been pain free since starting Maxi-Boz and was able to get off the Naproxen I had been using. My joint mobility is also much better and I have much less musculo-skeletal pain in general. I haven't experienced any noticeable side-effects except occasional incense burps when I take it with too little water, and my blood chemistries have been consistently normal.

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Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: October 21

I have taken Norco 10/325 for several years for Crohn's Disease and Fibromyalgia. I prefer it to other meds such as Avinza (Morphine time release). I just works best for my pain levels (6-8). Some people just can't take it (makes them feel jumpy/hyper). Everyone is different so not everyone is going to have the same response. Make sure to not only talk to your doctor, but do some research! Read reviews! YOU are ultimately responsible for your health. Be assertive and ask questions. I take 1-2 tabs every 6hrs. I KNOW I am addicted. I'll deal with that when the time comes, but it beats being bed-ridden. Even with the Norco I have bad days that keep me in bed. Remember to start with small dosage, even if it's 1/2 tab every 6 hrs until you know how you'll respond. Good luck and God Bless.

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Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: July 24

I am a 37 yr. old female w/ sciatic nerve pain caused by damaged discs in my back. I was originally taking Darvocet N-100 and it was helping some, but then was switched to Norco 325. It worked very well with me only taking 1 tab. 3X a day. Now I can't function good without it and am waiting for my refills which have been delayed. I've experienced minor withdrawl symptoms which are worse for me at night & nothing helps my pain as well as the Norco did.

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Comment from: Shotsey, 55-64 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: May 24

I used the Solaray brand with 65% boswellic acids (300 mg per capsule)for what I describe as an inflamed muscular feeling throughout my body where I could hardly move (possibly fibromyalgia) and within about an hour to an hour and a half I felt 90% better. I was able to move much better. I did not have the inflamed feeling and I felt more relaxed). So far I have only used one capsule but I intend to use as needed. Earlier in the day I had taken an extra strength Tylenol which did not help at all.

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Comment from: old salty, 75 or over on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: November 24

Knee problems caused by sciatica, it has given me about 90% improvement over the past two months.

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Comment from: firemedic, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 05

This drug ruined my life. I started taking it approx 2 years ago for severe back problems. This drug is like alchol the more you take the more you need to continue to get the same desired affect. At my highest i was taking over 60 milligrams a day. I became physically dependant on it and have lost my career because of this drug. The withdraw symptoms were horrible and i would not wish them on anyone. I currently am enrolled in rehab. Great for pain, just be careful with this drug please.

Comment from:, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I have been using norco for 3 years, its been wonderful, use it as your doctor prescribes and you wont have any problems. Drug addicts, have ruined this drug's availability though, for those of us, that legitimately need it. So, now we suffer in pain, because of it. Doctors need to re read and re-evaluate the "MTUS" chronic pain guidelines, page 11, of 964

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Comment from: forsini, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 17

i suffer with severe back and leg pain. have been useing this med. and find it very effective . its also great for relieving my coughing from COPD. when i was takeing straight oxycontin it effected my sleeping and it wasnt long before i needed to take stronger doses. with this med. the pain is redused and i sleep good and its effectivness has,ntdeminished!!

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Comment from: KEATING2016, 25-34 Female Published: December 16

Currently day 4 of use. Only side effects Ive noticed is increase in energy and mild diarrhea. I was taking 40mg of Hydrocodone with little good Pain still was there and increasing in waves. Constipation was painful and likely damaging. I say after 12 years 4 chiros 7 doctors and a couple MRI's the only thing that has helped at all is the INDIAN Frankincense SAVESTA BOSWELLIA IN THE TAN CONTAINER

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Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: May 22

I have been taking hydrocodone for years for my osteoarthritis in my knee. The pain relief is excellent. However, I experience itching over my entire body and it keeps me awake. I normally have my prescriptions filled at CVS but the last time I went to get it they were out of it. I went to Walgreen & filled the prescription there. To my elated surprise, I did NOT experience the side effects of itching and not being able to sleep. If you have experienced these side effects & get your pills from CVS I highly recommend trying a different pharmacy.

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Comment from: Three12161, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: November 07

My problem requires high doses of hydrocodone, but I wanted to limit my intake of acetamenaphen (sp) since I take it long term. 4 Norco per day @ 10/325 helps reduce the number of pills, and really reduces the acetamenaphen intake on a daily basis. Plus has reduced the nausea caused from taking so many pills to get the same amount of hydrocodone which had a high combined amount of acet.

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Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 08

I have had extreme muscle stiffness and tightness for years. After 3 weeks of use, I could tell a remarkable difference. Highly recommend it.

Comment from: withdrawalshell, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 13

Suffered a major work related back injury and was prescribed 10/325 Norco for chronic intense pain. Refills were endless for more than 3 years, while consuming 6-8 per day. Great for pain, terrible for life. Withdrawal was 72 hours + of absolute hell! The thought of withdrawal scared me from quitting. My Dr. felt like a dealer after a while. Still in pain, but not addicted. Careful what you wish for, a stoned existence is a waste.

Comment from: Scottie, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 12

I have taken this drug for a herniated lumbar disc and I am not taking it as part of a pain treatment for degenerative disc disease. I have had great success. During the herniated disc period I was two 10/325 three times daily for a long period of time. It was a life saver. I recently started the treatment of one to two 7.5/325 every other day along with epidural steroid injections once a month. The treatment of every day or as needed is to help me from becoming dependent. So far it does great as far as pain treatment.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: August 25

I have been taking Norco now for 4 months due to severe back pain, I have degenerative disc disease and I blew out one of my discs...most days it hurts just to get out of bed, let alone carrying on with life, i am constantly thinking about my back pain, i couldn't sit still..after I was diagnosed, they put me on NORCO, I have tried tramadol as well, but that really makes me feel awful, cant eat, cant sleep, sucks..but the NORCO is a godsend, I take about 6 a day when I am in the most pain, I feel like a new person, it lets me do the things i want to do, exercise, play softball, golf, bowl, etc pain does give you a boost and I can see how people can get addicted..I stopped cold turkey for about a week and there are definitely some withdrawal symptoms, mostly sweating, chills and general discomfort so be careful with it, but if used correctly, it can change your life...if you need to use pain meds..dont continually take norco, try and switch up so you dont get used to it or addicted, i was using tramadol and norco, but I dont recommend tramadol for severe pain, and if you want to eat normally, i just take tylenol on the days i dont take norco, it helps, but not like the NORCO...just be careful when using it

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Comment from: 25-34 Female on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: December 08

Norco and Viccadin. Not sure how to spell that, bot effect everyone differantly. Personally for my back pain I find norco to help. I am not sure why but generic watson brand works best for me. The side effects for me are not really much other than a calming feeling. Watch not to get addicted to the pill. Some get sleepy, some get sick, some get high. Personally those feelings depend on the person. Take on with food and see, then you will know how your body reacts. also I would try to take as low of a dose as possible as the body builds up a resistance to it and increasing the dose is necessary long term. All in all it is a good drug if you can take it. I can tak it on an empty stomach and it works even better. This drug is the same thing as viccodin only stronger in a sense that you can take more hydrocodone and not so much tynol and save your liver a bit. If it works it is a good drug, take it as prescribed and you should not be in much pain, if you are tell the dr and ask him to increase your dose.

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