I have had shingles for 33 years now. I had been having an outbreak once every year til 2001. At that time had 3 outbreaks a year for 3 years til my Dr. tried Hydrocodone/acetamin 7.5/500. Once I started taking them daily... I have only had 6 very minor outbreaks. Now I am being told it is no longer available!!! I have lessened the amout I take so eventually I want to get to only 1 pill daily... 2 if I have a bad day. If they are no longer making these... any suggestions as to what may be similar?
They do make a 7.5/325mg, I believe. They passed a law that starting 1/1/2014, all products with acetaminophen cannot have more than 325mg per pill to help reduce acetaminophen over doses since so many OTC products contain acetaminophen and it is very toxic to the liver in high doses. So the new pill with still have the same amount of the opioid component hydrocodone (the 7.5mg), it just has less acetaminophen (325mg) You likely wont notice any difference but if you do, you can take another 325mg acetaminphen tablet to make up the difference. The problems is that you will need a new prescription called in or given to you by your Dr for the new strength, they wont automatically refill the old prescription refills with the new strength-you have to get a new prescription.
Have you taken antivirals? I've never heard of so many outbreaks. .
A medication called Neurontin (gabapentin) is prescribed for the pain associated with shingles. It is non narcotic. May want to investigate this with your doctor.
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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