For several years, I have been managing my back and knee pain with "brand" Vicodin HP. Its always helped me get through my day and get tasks done. Bizarrely enough, and I would even concede that its probably in my head, the "generic" version never worked as well. At any rate, I just got a call from my pharmacy stating that they have discontinued making "brand" Vicodin. Can anyone validate that? Also, does anyone know what I can take, besides generic, that would be equivalent to "brand" Vicodin HP... Ugh. Thank you in advance for your input.
22 Jun 2012
I don't know if there's any truth in that. Why would a company stop making something they make so much money on? Many hospitals will not use generics. You will get 1,000 different opinions of the effectiveness of generics, how the vary in strength, which ones are better, etc. Too much drama for me. I take what I get and move on, I do not like the idea of shopping pharmacies for specific generic brands. That's just me. Hope this helps.
23 Jun 2012
The amount of Tyleno in the Vicodanl is high. Have heard the amount of Tylenol is going to be reduced. Maybe that is why you might not be able to get the med. I would check with another pharmacy or call your insurance company. Sometimes the insurance company will discontinue coverage for a brand medication. This recently happened to me with Livalo. It would cost me $600 a month out of pocket. It stinks when you have to stop something that works because of the insurance company wants to tell you what they are willing to cover. I expect this to happen more. If you have not tried a generic in awhile give it a try again. There really shouldn't be a difference. Another option is to ask the doctor to increase the dosage slightly for the generic if you find the same dosage your on now is not working. Maybe with the increase in dosage you could get the same effect. For example be your on Roxicet or oxycodone 10/325 as the generic for Percoset.
But if he increases the Oxycodone to 15 mg it might be the difference. But always try the same dose your on now first. Also I am finding out when the dose is increased to like 15 mg. it does not have Tylenol like the lower doses so that is better for you. Just an example and might not work for all narcotic. let me know the outcome.
1 Jul 2012
There are two ingredients in Vicodin, hydrocodone and tylenol. If the amount of hydrocodone doesn't change, the change must be the amount of tylenol. And, as we all know, too much tylenol over too long a period, will cause liver damage or failure. I would imagine that is the reason for the change in tylenol.
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