I have been taking Norco for years for my back and doesn't seem to last long at all anymore. I have taken Lortab a couple times and was wondering if that is in my mind or if it is true. Does any other form of Hydrocodone last longer than the Norco? Does Lortab or Lorcet last longer than Norco? Thanks in advance for your answers.
Vicodin vs. Lortab or Lorcet, which lasts longer?
Added 25 Apr 2010:
So, I went in to see my Doctor on friday and he prescribed Oxycontin 20mg twice daily for me instead of the Norco 10/325's I was taking. I usually take 6-8 of these daily, is the Oxycontin going to work as well and last long enough to only take twice daily? Is this a better drug for me as far as addiction and or liver damage?
Vicodin,Norco,lortab,lorcet are all the same opiate which is hydrocodone. They come in different strengths but there is no difference in that hydrocodone is the only opiate in all of them. Possibly they gave you a higher mg pill.
Hydrocodone is a fairly weak opiate being just a bit stronger then codeine. It is useless when used for chronic pain as you grow a tolerance to it quickly. Ask your doctor about getting on a sustained release pain killer. The doctors are just wasting your time and money giving you shitty weak pain killers like hydrocodone, you need a better pain killer...
I'm sorry for my answer in advance. What in heavens name is wrong with your doctor?? Taking norco's for years? Has your doctor even warned you about extended use and dangers of acetaminophen? Does he realize the short acting (crappy) opiates never gives your brains systems time to regenerate? As Dave suggested, you need an extended release opiate. Obviously you are addicted. I am too. I didn't say you abuse them (your doctor is) only that you are addicted to opiates. I noticed your name, "Fracture" I fractured my L-2 in to 4-5 pieces. Completely shattered in to oblivion, my L-1 in an accident. Several bone fragments entered my spinal canal and almost tore in to the cord itself. I have permanent nerve damage and need additional surgery. I'm on both extended and rapid release pain meds.
I'm asking, no demanding, my surgeon cut me down on the rapid release and up the dosage of the extended release meds. That way, I should rarely if ever, need the rapid release meds (breakthrough pain meds) that cause so much harm to my system. I'm taking the advice of a very knowledgable friend who happened to have answered your question first.
Please ask your doctor to get you on a better, longer lasting opiate medication that isn't so harmful.
Good luck to you.
Even though the medicines are in the same catagory I believe that the norco is stronger than lortab. I have been taking lortabs for over 8 years because I have been in car wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, and a very physically abusive relationship which has caused alot of damage to my face. When I take the lortabs they seem to stop working within an hour of taking them and when I take the norco it seems to help alittle more. They probably are not working as well because your body has built a tolorence to them and lorcet works about the same as lortabs. If the pain is that bad I would recommend that you talk to your dr about possibly changing to maybe percecets. They seem to last alittle longer and are stronger than hydrocodone.
I too have back pain and was prescribed norco and then lortab.i have permenent back damage from my l-3 to my l-5 due to a car accident.in my opion,norco are stronger and last longer,even though they are the same as lortab,lorcet,and vicodin.i much rather prefer norco to it's compatable others.
In my experience,all pain reliever4s after use for 3 to 6 months become less active to your body ,because you start becoming tollerable to the drug.I would ask my doctor if he would consider changing your pain meds from ,oxycodone,back to hydracodone,once every 4 to 6 months.My doctor hasn't had a problem with this.Oxycontin,has no asperin,or tylenol it,and is basically just a higher milligram of oxycodone or less depending on the dose,5,10,20,30,60,and 80.My best friend has kidney disease and can't take tylenol,or asperin,and he says that a 5mg works as well for him as 7.5,of either lortab,or percoset.I hope this may help you somewhat answer your question.He also take an opiot inhibitor,to replace the tylenol.
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