Comment from: greatzoron, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: October 05

Have taken Vicodin for 7 years now. Have a badly damaged knee and constant pain. This works, but am now moving up to MS Contin. For those in pain don't worry about dependence you need it. I work 12 hour shifts at a Hospital and this is the only way I CAN work. It knocks the pain back where I can concentrate on what I'm doing and not be in agony or short tempered. Use it without fear for pain, your not an addict unless you abuse meds.

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Comment from: Bill Bixby, 25-34 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 18

Vicodin really takes the edge off without knocking me out.

Comment from: 1greatzoron, 45-54 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: March 02

Have been using Vicodin 10/660 TID for over 10 years now for chronic knee pain. Was in a car accident and my knee was crushed. This and Tramadol TID is the only thing that keeps the pain at bay. I'm in pain 24/7/365. I have to work. And I work in health care at a hospital, 12 hr. shifts, on my feet. Remember people THESE meds were invented for pain, use them. Don't feel guilty!!! Addiction? So what. I cant work without a little pain relief. And I'm also I guess addicted to BP meds because I have high blood pressure. What is sad is that we who take narcotics have to go through hell to keep getting them. My doctor knows how much agony I'm in and I get my meds. But what about someone who is not faking but has a Dr. that wont treat them because they are afraid of addiction? Chronic pain NEEDS to be treated and Dr's. need to realize this and treat us better. Fight for your rights. Oh and I have never had ANY side effects, just pain relief like I should have. In fact having pain relief clears my mind so I can concentrate on the task, not on the pain.

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Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: October 05

I have taken hydrocodone off and on for years. I have had several surgeries for different things, including tooth surgery. I have been given various pain medications and the only one that I know will work for sure, is hydrocodone.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 24

I have cronic back pain and 1 to 2 Vicodin a day takes the pain away. I take 1 about 4 in the morning and it works most all day. about half the time I take another about 5 in the afternoon.

Comment from: Well MDs just call me Addict, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: May 13

I can ot take NSAIDS. I have several severe pain conditions in my back and spine. The NSAIDS made me sick and did not control my pain. I have been taking Vicondin for 8 years 4 Hyd/750 and I know it has kept me alive. I had thoughts of suicide before finally finding an MD who thinks outside the box. I also was in a severe state of depression. I have tried every anti-depressant ever made. I also has severe anxiety and burning pain in my feet. A Neurologist told me to take Lyrica because Vicodin would not help and I was already probably an addict. Tried to get me in rehab. I went to a place out of town got rid of Vicodin , went home and deep dark depression and pain all came back again. He laughed at my MD and he had given me Neurotin and Lyrica plus Cybalta. (My MD already had me on Cymbalta before and no help. I took my pain as long as I could and had to retire because no MD would give me an opiate. Finally, I went back to the doctor who had me living a normal life and he put me back on Vicodin and Xanax. The two drugs the other doctors of all specialty types told me were the worse drugs in the world. My Md said not if you stay on them if they are working. I am depression free, no severe panic, and able to live a normal life again. The Vicodin sort of lifts me up and the Xanax helps with panic and I believe also with depression. Thank God for the few MDs who will "think and practice out of the box" if it works for a patient.

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Comment from: Meh, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 15

I have been taking this for over 4 years and I am very satisfied with how it works. I have chronic pain from arthritis and this helps immensely. I take a higher dose at night because my legs ache more then. I hope this drug never goes away and am able to be on it for years to come. If I stop the pain doesn't go away. It would be like stopping insulin. The diabetes does not go away.

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Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 Female on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: June 13

My name is Joe. I am a Tile Installer. I have already had 1 back surgery for a herniated L5S1. Since 2000 I have had a serious amount of pain and low back problems due to my tade. In September of 2010 I will have been in my trade for 24 years. I have gone to chiropractors, accupunturists, herbalists, physical therapists, orthopeads, neurosurgeons and on and on including epidurals and pain injections. I never would take any pain meds accept Motrin 600 prescribed by my primary and steroids[methylpredsolone]. In 2009 I herniated and tore my L4 while installing a backsplash and decided enough was enough. I am currently under treatment by a wonderful doctor and who has prescribed me Hydrocodone 5/500 1 tablet 3-4 times daily. I tried Percocet, darvocet, Tramadol all with MISERABLE side effects and vomiting. I can take Hydrocodone with NO side effects accept for a little drowsiness which coffee helps, and most of all it allows me to do ALL the daily tasks I must do as a husband, father and business owner eventhough I stll have pain. Atleast its bearable. I do NOT like when I hear so much negative stories about good medication that works for people who have legitimate reasons for their particular need. I do worry about whether or not I would be 'addicted' to it but I know if I cant live with the misery of the suffering that I have endured for 10 years with Chronic Back Pain then I am most certain I will not be addicted to this wonderful medication because I hate feeling like crap to begin with. Thank you for letting me have my input and I hope this helps someone.

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Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 05

Vicodin is a great product for nerve pain. I have taken Vicodin ES for my back/leg pain for several years. I have not found it to be addictive when used as directed (2-4 times per day). I have taken it several times in the past and did not experience any problem discontinuing the drug when I no longer needed it. Vicodin does not eliminate the pain, but does make it tolerable enough that I can get out of bed and take care of daily necessities. I tried a stronger medication a few months ago to better control the pain, but did not like the diminished cognitive ability I experienced. I went back to Vicodin because it lasts longer than the stronger medication and I can still think clearly. I can still drive a car safely on Vicodin, whereas a stronger medication slowed my reaction time. I do experience some short term memory loss from the Vicodin, but it is not severe enough to discontinue the medication. The worst side effect is constipation, but that is handled by increased fluids, a healthy, high fiber diet and daily use of a stool softener.

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Comment from: JDB, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: September 23

Ocassiomal use alongside daily use of Neurontin for Neurophathy.

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Comment from: Grandmother M, 75 or over on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: August 10

With vicodin I am able to continue to live pain free in my old age. Otherwise I am almost bedridden with arthritis pain. Life is so much better after my wonderful Dr.suggested taking Vicodin. I am able to do all of my own housework, cook and take long walks. I live a very happy life thanks to this medication.

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Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 04

No side effects after 2 years of use for nerve pain from a bad case of shingles. Have never had to increase dosage. When pain is not present I have no problem not taking the medication so it is not addictive for me. Without it I will be stuck with large doses of Tylenol or ibuprofen which definitely gives me problems. I am very concerned with the overwhelming concern for the "addicts" using Vicodin and the effect it is having on we seniors who use it safely and only as needed. Doctors in my area are reluctant to prescribe it even when it is the best and safest drug available. Patients are being referred instead to expensive Pain specialists for this drug because primary doctors are too often being harassed by the state and federal boards if they consider them to be writing too many scripts for pain meds. Good doctors know their patients and know what they need and if they can be trusted with a pain medication. Bureaucrats in the state houses do not. In the meantime the addicts will always find a way to get their drugs while we seniors will dig deep into our pockets to pay specialized doctors who should be treating critical spine patients, taking time to help us with relatively simple pain that may be,like mine,intermittent, and easily controlled by an educated patient with an ongoing relationship with her physician.

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Comment from: old age sucks, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: June 18

works great. play tennis 3 days a week,ride a mountain bike, hike rivers and streams, clean 2 pools a week. work at my cabin and around the house. gives me energy plus eases pain. unfortunately i don't like being dependent on a drug. now i have to see my doctor every 3 months thanks to the feds.cost 120.00 every 3 months, plus the cost of the drug.less hassle buying at the local park.doctors are cowards.drug companies are criminals and the feds are morons. thanks for listening.

Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: March 27

Do not take this medication. I have developed a severe habit from it and cannot function without it. Please, listen to someone who knows the hell it can do to you. It changes you. I was a mild mannered person and have become a monster. Do not take it. It's not worth loosing everything for.

Comment from: triedeverymedoutthere, 35-44 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: May 21

Only Medication I can function and have a normal life with MS, Fibro,Chronic back pain, It gives me a life and I can function daily and work 2 full time jobs, without it I am in bed full time!! But doctors are too afraid to prescribe so we live in pain, sorry I buy on the streets, to hell with the doctors, if it was up to them I wouldn't have a life, because they don't have to feel my pain, so why should they care, they only care about losing their license, when they are writting the scripts to the people who don't take it and I buy it from, so obviously they can't read people very well!

Comment from: Marianna, 65-74 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: April 15

5/500 has been a miracle medication for 17 years with blood tests and NOT abused. It has saved me from medal post surgeries due to a failure of a neck surgery in 1999. Recently I had a total hip replacement with fast complete recovery. Other than in ICU I could NOT take morphine or generic type pain medication due to the fact they make me sick. Only my 5/500 Vicodin works for me to save me from pain and my arthritis and other bone issues as I'm 71 years old now. How can the FDA take away this miracle drug when not abused. My liver and blood tests are always good for all of these years. However I have lost three friends to live issues, but that was from Alcohol. People know this but drink to much anyway. This is the choice they make. I however do not and can't imagine that I may not have what works for my medical condition into a suffering age due to this crazy new law. Generics have always made me sick or do not work. Can anyone change this action? My doctors are even livid.

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Comment from: candy, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 01

I am an R.N.and have had an accident yrs. ago and many back and neck surgeries including fusions in my back and neck. I have permanent nerve damage in both legs. I have been to pain management by Johns Hopkins and I want to tell you, had it not been for Hydrocodone at the time, morphine, and oxycodone, I'd be a basket case. I was extremely concerned about permanent addiction but the top notch doctors told me not to worry about addiction as my condition will always warrant it. Therefore, I'm still on pain management with narcotic drugs 29 yrs. later and had it not been for them God knows what would have happened. Thanks for listening!

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Comment from: OnTrackNow, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 16

Took this originally for a herniated disk. Worked immediately when nothing else would. But it also had an interesting side effect... what the literature calls a "false sense of well being". In fact I had always suffered from a generalized, sometimes disabling anxiety that was non-specific and largely irrational. It appears it's a form of Delayed Stress Syndrome from many years of severe child abuse. Consequently when I take Vicodin the "false sense of well being" is not false at all. It's actually more real than reality without it. Vicodin is enabling, refreshing and a cure for more than just physical pain. Fortunately I have found Physicians who understand this and they prescribe a low dose (500/5) once a day (more on rare occasions) and feel it is safe and non-addicting. Frankly I wouldn't care if it was addicting since a cure is a cure. If you have to take insulin for the rest of your life for diabetes is that an addiction? Incidentally before Vicodin I tried all the so-called anti-depressants (Zoloft, Buspar, Prozac, Wellbutrin) and not one had any positive effect at all.

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Comment from: brownre, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: January 27

how long does vicodin stay in you system?

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Comment from: GENE, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: January 17

i have a slipped lower discc and an upper bulged disc due to a car acciedent,i helped me at first but then i had to increase my dose due to my body gettin use to it.i also suffer from anxiety disorder.this medicine gives u a sense of well being which is why its so addictive. especially to people who suffer from depression. I would not recomend takin this if u have depression or anxiety cause its very likely u will become addicted.i have never used drugs and yet i became addicted. it does not take away the pain it just makes u not care for the pain,it is not a cure. I know there are many people here who really dont have a choice due to there extreme pain and may god bless u and make u better. BUT TO THE REST OF YOU- it is not worth takin this for temporary pain , its so addictive and will make even the strongest of u addicted. its not because your weak its because its a drug and thats what drugs do. i wish to god i have never ever taken this medicine. MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LIVING HELL TRYIN TO GET OFF THESE. IF I COULD JUST HELP ONE OF U OUT THERE THEN I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY AT THAT. GOD BLESS U ALL

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Comment from: In pain, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: July 14

I have joint pain, helps a great deal, Dr's want to decrease dose because of other's abuse, cost and stop completely saying that it is the new trend. what are people like me to do?

Comment from: Betsy Bootstrap, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: December 05

After a car accident in 1989, I took various types of hydrocodone for approximately 4 years until I had surgery. At the height of severe pain, I was taking 300 a month of the 7.5 dosage. After surgery I weaned myself off over a 3 week period, finally going through sweats, diarrhea, and nausea. Very effective for back pain and worth the side effects. About a year ago I began experiencing back and leg pain again & currently under the care of a pain management center taking between 2 & 4 Vicodin (10/325) a day, along with Skelaxin for muscle relaxant and Mobic for anti inflammatory. After multiple nerve root blocks, trigger point injections, heat therapy, chiropractic and massage therapy I am still in fairly severe pain daily. I have tried Gabopentin, Lyrica, different muscle relaxors and pain meds. I convinced my Dr. it was smarter to go with the 10/325 Vicodin even if I had to break in half because of the lower dosage of acetiminophen. The 7.5 version has 750 mg of acetaminophen, while the 10mg has only 325mg so, much better for the liver. My biggest complaint is that dr's are so worried about getting hooked they skimp on pain meds, leaving so many patients in constant pain, vastly decreasing quality of life. They (Dr.s) also blithely prescribe things like Lyrica and Gabopentin with little regard for the side effects or cost. I finally had a long conversation with my doc and emphatically stated i would rather take my chances on Vicodin which has been around a long time, is relatively cheap and WORKS - at least it works for me. I refused to continue to be a guinea pig for every new drug hawked by the well dressed pharmaceutical reps who troll in and out of dr offices, taking up time slots while sick people suffer in the waiting room.

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Comment from: TNBowens, 25-34 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: May 16

I have endometriosis, along w/mastoiditis (infection of the bone & air pockets behind the ear) Vicodin ES (2 tabs 3 times daily) along with 800mg ibuprofen 3 times daily really keeps me functional. I've had a hysterectomty & still have SEVERE, crippling pelvic pain on a daily basis. I've taken Vicodin & Vicodin ES since I was about 19 (now 28) and have had no problems outside of occasional constipation. It's the only thing short of IV meds that can control the pain that I'm suffering. I've never taken more than prescribed, and I have had long periods of time that I was not taking it, with now withdrawal symptoms to speak of. I just recently had to double the dosage I would normally take because of the mastoiditis, but once that has been taken care of (I have surgery on it in a few wks) I'll be moved back to taking 1 tab 3 times daily. I see a pain mgmt specialist to get my scripts due to the unwillingness of most GP's to prescribe narcotics for longer than a few mos continuously. I would not be able to get outta bed w/out it. At times the pain does get uncontrollable, but I've also obtained a pain mgmt letter to present to the ER & they will give me 10mg of morphine, & 50mg of torodal to bring it back to a level that the Vicodin will handle if necessary. At times it does make me sleepy, but most of the time I feel like I haven't taken anything at all. I used to not drive all day if I'd taken it, but now I don't drive within 3-4 hrs of taking it & I'm fine. This is a miracle for me, and I hope that this review helps someone else! It can be addictive, but taken properly you will just develop a tolerance to it and may have to increase the dosage from time to time such as I did. It also works better at the 1st sign of pain rather than waiting til it's severe. I typically take 2 before I get out of bed in the am, and then again about 30 mins before lunch (I eat late) and the last dose before going to bed. It's saved me from having to have a morphine pump!

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Comment from: Migraine Sufferer, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 04

I have used Vicodin for migraine for 10 years, going through a 60 tab prescription every few months. It is very helpful for coping with migraine pain. I have not experienced any of the addictive effects that we are warned of. I have been treated by a number of nurses and even a neurologist as if I were seeking prescriptions as an addict. Folks, if you have pain, do not be shy about asking for help. Yes, you may attract some interesting attention on occasion. It happens. One bad side effect is constipation and resulting abdominal pain. I have used senna tea to resolve this successfully.

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