Question: I have been living with RA since 1991. For the last 5-6 years I have been on Vicodin of various strengths. The Vicodin no longer works, not even taking the edge off of the pain anymore. My doctor is hesitant to give me anything stronger. He says the next step is narcotics and there is the danger of addition. I frankly don't care anymore. So what if I get addicted to something? At least I'll have some kind of a life, be able to hopefully function better. I pretend all day every day that I'm doing ok. I'm tired of it. I have tried the Duragesic patch but I had some problems with it and had to go off. That did help a little bit. I simply don't understand why I can't take a medication that will help me. Do you have any advice? Answer: Well, I hate to be the one to break the news, but Vicodin is a narcotic. And Vicodin can be very addicting. You need to talk to a rheumatologist. Rheumatoid arthritis in most cases should not be treated...
Generic Name: TRAMADOL EXTENDED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (TRAH-muh-dall) Tramadol Oral Uses
This medication is used to help relieve moderate to
moderately severe pain. Tramadol is similar to narcotic analgesics. It works in
the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
How To Use Tramadol Oral
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain relief. You may take this drug
with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with
food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such
as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response
to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you
to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow
your doctor's instructions carefully. The maximum rec...
Generic Name: HYDROCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOE-done/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Vicodin ES Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to
severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a
non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to
change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce
How To Use Vicodin ES Oral
See also Warning section.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from
your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a
refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to
take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to
decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with ...
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