I recently (1/27/2010) had surgery for a ruptured disk - C6-7. My perscription for Lortab 7.5 500 says to take 1 or 2 every 6 to 8 hours. I have to take 2 to get any pain relief, so, my script for 50 won't last near as long as a script for 50 Lortab 10's would. I just don't understand this Dr's reasoning for this kind of perscription. I've had to refill it twice already. "Just Curious" in Mississippi. Thanks!
The Lortab 10/500 are slightly stronger than the Lortab 7.5/
500.Your brain will get used to the opiate in the lortabs really quickly and you are at risk of becoming dependent on them, so, the doctor is trying to lower the amount you take before that happens. Call your doctor and explain that the you are taking more of the 7.5's to get enough relief and see what he/she suggests. That is likely the reason the doctor lowered the amount of hydrocodone you are taking, to prevent dependence. Ask if it would be ok to add an NSAID like Advil or Aleve to you pain relief regimen.
Don't take this the wrong way but do the math you have two 7.5/500 Lortabs. And your wondering if that dose of two 7.5's is the same as 1 Lortab 10/500??? HMM well 7.5 plus 7.5 is 15!!! And one Lortab 10/500 tab is 10mg of hydrocodone. So no not the same! Other than they each have 500mg of Tylenol in them. Your getting 1000mg with the two 7.5 and 500mg of Tylenol.
Can you not add? 7.5 + 7.5= 15 which is 50% stronger then 10. Also, by taking 500mg tylenol that's in every dose, you are damaging your liver. Ask your doctor for 10/325 and you can more safely take 1 1/2 tablets to get your 15 mg of hydrocodone.
Better yet, ask for 10/325 percocet and just take 1 at a time. Much better drug for pain
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