Re: hydrocodone for pain?

From: Martha (
Thu Mar 9 06:02:24 2000

At Wed, 08 Mar 2000, Tara S wrote: >
>I take hydrocodone as well, combined with acetaminaphen. It's called Lortab,
>Vicodin, Anexsia, or Zydone. Like most drugs, it probably has a dozen more
>names, as well. Actually, I WAS taking it. I hated it! It didn't help the
>pain, and it made me sick at first. Now, I guess I've gotten used to it, and
>it just makes things seem odd, unpleasant, high, I suppose. Here are a
>couple of things I found on it.
>"Hydrocodone - Hydrocodone is an orally active analgesic and antitussive
>Schedule II narcotic which is marketed in multi-ingredient Schedule III
>products. The therapeutic dose of 5-10 mg is pharmacologically equivalent to
>60 mg of oral morphine. Sales and production of this drug
>have increased significantly in recent years as have diversion and illicit
>use. Trade names include Anexsia, Hycodan, Hycoming, Lorcet, Lortab,
>Tussionex, Tylox and Vicodin. These are available as
>tablets, capsules and/or syrups. "
>"Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen is supplied in tablet form for
>oral administration. Hydrocodone bitartrate is an opioid analgesic and
>anti-tussive and occurs as fine, white crystals or as a crystalline powder.
>It is affected by light. The chemical name is 4.5 a-epox-3-methoxy
>17-methyl-morphinan-6-one tartrate (1:1 hydrate (2:5).
>Acetaminophen, 4'-hydroxyacetanilide, a slightly bitter white odorless,
>crystalline powder is a non-opiate, non-salicylate analgesic and
>Each Lortab 7.5/500 tablet contains:
> Hydrocodone Bitartrate…7.5 mg (Warning: May be habit forming.)
> Acetaminophen…500 mg.
>In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients:
>colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, crospovidone, micro
>crystaline cellulose, povidone, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid and
>sugar spheres which are composed of starch derived from corn, sucrose, FD&C
>Blue #1 and FD&C Yellow #10. "
>----Original Message Follows----
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <>
>Subject: Re: hydrocodone for pain?
>Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 17:44:51 -0600
>Martha: I'm at the point where nothing short of an opiate pain pill is the
>only thing that works, & at that, not all the time. I've been on Darvocet,
>Fiorocat, Trazadone for pain.. The worst side-effect of all of these is
>constipation (which none of us needs),but the alternative is not acceptable!
>I just take Senokot-S (w/stool softener) to keep up what little BMs I have.
>I've had absolutely NO relief from analgesic drugs (Motrin, Alever, Advil),
>they're just a waste of my money. They've also had me on Ponstel, Naproxyn
>others I cannot remember now. I've never heard if hydrocodone before.
>you post what king of drug class it's in & how many mg.s/day you take to
>alleviate your pain. Thanx!
>Karla B.


Thanks so much for the indepth info on hydrocodone--this was very helpful. Someone mentioned liver damage with long term use--can you tell me more about this? I have been on this drug for several years because I used it for cramping with menstral periods before my surgery and adhesion problems.

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