You didn't site where your pain symptoms are. I am challenged with both cervical and lower lumbar chronic pain due to spinal injuries (auto accident) resulting in 4 lower lumbar surgeries - fusion w/titanium rods and 3 cervical surgeries - fusion/titanium plate. I am scheduled for C3-4 and C7-T1 surgery w/titanium rods. Over several years I have been on and off of both LORTAB and VICODIN with no problem - no withdrawal symptoms.
I find that LORTAB works well for the lower lumbar but not for the cervical.
I find that VICODIN works well for the cervical but not for the lower lumbar.
This mystery is well documented in my medical charts. VICODIN and LORTAB are made by two different drug companies.
VICODIN Abbott Pharm.
LORTAB UCB, Inc.
The chemical structure is shown as the same. The binders, amount of tylenol, fillers, etc. are different. VICODIN has more tylenol in it. The tylenol is suppose to help the hydrocodone work better. There must be a difference in what order the ingredientsof each is put together or it could be the different additives that are put with the base hydrocodone. I don't know.
Can't advise you on how to take this medication and as far as what works best for you; you need to discuss this with your doctor. Be prepared to hear that these two medications are the same. They are basically the same according to the chemical structure.
If they are identical then why are they made by two completely different drug companies using different additive ingredients? This is not a judgement but an observation.
You may need to try both the Brand and the Generic for the medicine you aretaking. Sometimes one may work better than the other. This is true for me with the LORTAB. I require Brand because the Generic does not work for me.
My wife is a professional cook and expressed to me that medicines can be compared to recipes. You may have a given list of ingredients but how and in what order you mix those ingredients will determine the outcome of what you are attempting to make. Mixing food ingredients in the wrong order for example could yield a faulty texture, taste, etc. If you want the same exact dish then you have to stay with the same exact ingredients and method of putting together and cooking those ingredients.
Both LORTAB and VICODIN come in several strengths. Being conservative as to how you take this medicine is wise as you indicate that you are.
I wish you well and the best of life,