My brother was operated, and has been taking diuladid and norcos 10 mg about 4 times a day so my dad and his doctor are concern, due to the amount of apap he has been consuming, and his tolerance that has been going up. I was just wondering what is something else he can try, thats going to help him through the pain besides these 2 drugs combined. Maybe something stronger where he doesnt have to consume that much acetaminophen? or something thats extended release? he has tried the fentanyl patch but he didnt like it, any advice so that my i could talk to his doctor about since my dad does not know how to speak english? He is currently taking about four 4 mg diuladids with about 4 norcos a day depending on the pain. i was just wondering if there is anything where he can just consume one pill and he would be good for about 6 to 8 hours, and maybe all day if possible with just one pills. thank you very much.
Theres a LOT of other good pain meds he could take. I can give you some options but its really his Drs decision to make because he knows all the other information thats needed such as background info, hid tolerance, allergies, insurance, etc. Theres a lot of variables one needs to consider when choosing a med that will work for each patient.
That being said, theres Oxycontin (Oxycodone ER), or plain Oxycodone which is the same as Oxycontin but not timed release. Also MS Contin, Oramorph, Avinza, Kadian, these are all timed release morphine. Then theres Duragesic patches and Actiq lolipops you can get, both containing Fentanyl which is a very very strong med. Also Opana ER is another good timed release med. Methadone is another pain med that a lot of people on here have had great success with. It can be hard to get a doctor to prescribe it though. Many doctors view it only as being a med to help with addiction even though it works well for pain.
Theres still more meds out there but this is a list of the more common ones that doctors tend to prescribe. Hopefully he can get put on one of these and have better pain relief while doing less harm to his liver with all the acetaminophen that the Vicodin (hydrocodone) has in it. The combination drugs like that work well for temporary pain by relieving pain in 2 separate ways but the risks begin to outweigh the positive side of it when you need to be on it for an extended period of time.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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