Been taking Norco 10/3.25 for 4 years for extreme neck, back, knee, etc. pain. Norco is not effective anymore--need replacement.
The Dilaudid is MUCH STRONGER than Norco.
I just started on Dilaudud for break through pain due to the new reformulation of Opana ER.
I spoke with my pain mngmt dr about Dilaudid before he gave it to me. He explained to me that it is 6 times the strength of the synthetic Morphine.
The Norco you were taking is basically hydrocodone & tylenol. So you should find a Huge difference in pain releif between the two. Also I recommend you to take the first couple of doses at home before you have to drive. I have been on Opana ER for about 7yrs & it is a Very strong Opioid. But I noticed with the first several doses of Dilaudid actually made me have a "high" feeling for the 1st couple of hours which surprised me.
I think you will find this new med will help you alot more. I do suggest you look the med up on line as there are several side affects you need to be aware of. Best of luck & may it bring you releif from your pain, Kathy
It should be. It might even be too strong. And it feels different than Norco.
I also wanted to say that in spite of it being a very strong opiate, for some people it just doesn’t kill their pain. I don't know why. All I know is certain opiates are more effective for some people than for others. So if Dilaudid doesn't work for you, call your Doc and tell him.
Carlyj58 - yes, Dilaudid is MUCH stronger and I imagine it will take care of your pain quite well. Dilaudid is used in the Emergency Room and in hospitals after surgery because of how strong it is. If you are using it for a short period of time that's ok - but for long term you may want to consider a medication that is a step above the Norco - rather than at the top of the ladder as Diluadid is. I am concerned that you won't have any room to go up in the future and that you would t have effective pain relief should you have an accident or need surgery. There are longer acting pain meds that actually might work better as they give continuous pain relief such as the Fentanyl patch, OxyContin, Kadian, Avinza - there are more. You could ask another question here on this site to find out meds that are a step above the Norco. I really would hate for you to need a stronger pain med in a couple of years and that there would be none. Regards, ElizaJane
I have recently been changed from norco 10/325 four times a day to alternating Norco and Dilaudid 4 mg. Personally I don't think the Dilaudid even helps as much as the Norco. Yes as an IV drug it is very effective but as an oral med I am not having relief. Everyone's body metabolizes meds a bit differently and what works great for some doesn't work at all for others. It is most definitely not the top of the line for pain management though so if it is what your doctor recommends you should give it a shot, personally I am seeing my pain management Dr tomorrow and will request either an increase in dose or complete change because I can't take another month of this
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