I take Norco 10/325 for chronic pain. Is there anything I can do to make my Norco help me feel like when i take Vicodin E/S? I do not get that "good" feeling like with Vicodin e/s.
By "good" feeling, do you mean an emotional/psychologically uplifted feeling? If that's what you mean, it may not happen. When pain medications are prescribed and taken appropriately for pain, we don't get that "good" feeling. We simply get pain relief. Ideally, that relief from pain is what you're aiming for, and a "high" shoudln't be necessary. It is nice to feel a total sense of relief from pain, but needing that may be a sign of dependence that you should watch out for.
If what you're talking about is a matter of pain relief, it may be that Norco simply doesn't work as well for you as Vicodin. Our bodies respond differently to medications, so what's best for one person, may not be best for the next. This would definitely be an issue to discuss with your doctor when he or she is prescribingy your medications. Perhaps there's a better option for you that could help.
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That "good" feeling is pain relief 4 sure...BUT the Vicodin e/s kinda makes me feel more energized and "happy" as well. The Norco does not. I mean should i take some tylenol with the Norco? Would that do it
From everything I've read and what doctors have told me, no, acetaminophen isn't going to make a difference. Plus, we have to be really careful not to get too much acetaminophen.
That "happy" feeling is an unintended effect of the Vicodin. Pain medications are meant to relieve pain only, not produce that feeling.
Seriously, in your place, I'd discuss that with my doctor. The Norco you have containes 325mg of acetaminophen. "Regular" Vicodin has 500mg, and Vicodin ES has 750mg of acetaminophen. Norco, Vicodin, and Vicodin ES all also have hydrocodone. Do you get equal pain relief from Norco and Vicodin ES? If so, the Norco with less than half as much acetaminophen would be the better choice because of the liver problems acetaminophen can cause. The FDA is working with pharma companies to reduce the amount of acetaminophen in medications because of the possibility of liver damage.
terry, I've have to slightly disagree. I was on 10-325 percocet for approx. 5 years until H.B.93 2011 went into affect in ohio.now it's almost impossible to get proper treatment because of the doctors paranoia. my point is that when I was on the percocet 10-325 I felt like a new man. not only was my pain in check, I felt great mentally. the situation is very hard to make someone understand if they have not experienced it. my wife said it was as different as night and day.
Norco and Vicodin contain the same ingredients--hydrocodone and acetaminophen (acetaminophen aka Tylenol). Norco 10/325 has more hydrocodone in it than Vicodin ES (which is 7.5/750). The first number is the amount of hydrocodone present in each tablet; the second number is the amount of acetaminophen (which will cause liver damage or even death if you take too much). (The amount of acetaminophen in an 'extra strength' tylenol is 500mg. per tablet, 325 mg. per tablet in regular strength, for the purpose of comparison). Probably you are just building up a tolerance to the drug--which is the reason people begin taking more and more of the drug and end up overdosing.