... one a day in two half tablet doses (presently). My pharmacist has recommended norco because it has less TYLENOL, but gives better pain relief for less of a dose. I was in a auto accident in Feb. 09 and have permanent(?) These were the items listed in my accident report: Posterior horn tear of the meniscus, damage to small cutaneous nerves, cerebellar ataxia, etc. Future right knee surgery was recommended in the form of a arthroscopic procedure. Chronic knee pain, hypersensitive issues below both knees, soft tissue damage in both legs, mostly below the knees. Benign Positional Vertigo, etc. 1982 skiing accident and the injuries once thought healed have reawakened, steel plate from my left knee to the top of my ankle. Pain and spasms around the break (above the ankle but below the top of the ski boot). Would NORCO vs VICODIN be a viable alternative. If I could take less of a prescription pain killer vs more for the same relief would be preferred. I also take TYLENOL or ALEVE when I have to drive. I am also taking blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
I can't answer as to the differences between Norco vs Vicodin, your pharmacist is probably the best to answer that, but with regards to the Tylenol, the current safe daily limits are 4000mg, or 8 extra strength (500 mg) pills. There is a safe daily limit for the Aleve also, 440 mg or 2 caplets. Keep in mind that the Aleve is an NSAID, so it has potential bleeding issues also. If you have stomach problems you may want to look at something different. Neither the Tylenol or the Aleve should have any effect on your blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
The Norco and the Vicodin both contain the medicines hydrocodone (opiate analgesic) and acetominophen (tylenol). The first number in the formula is the amount of hydrocodone while the second, larger number is the amount of acetominophen. The hydrocodone comes in strengths of 2.5 mgs, 5 mgs and 10 mgs, while the acetominophen comes in strengths of 325mgs up to 750mgs in different combinations thereof. You can get the 10/325 which would give you the maximum hydrocodone while reducing the acetominophen.
All that being shared, as long as you are taking the vicodin as prescribed liver damage is not likely.
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