What it’s for:
Hydrocodone is a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) related to codeine. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Hydrocodone/APAP combines both of these analgesics to relieve moderate to severe pain.
What’s good about it:
When I broke my shoulder last week, the ER doctor gave me a prescription for Hydrocodone/APAP to take at home for pain. Without this medicine, the pain would have been almost unbearable, and sleep would have been impossible. I watched the clock for next dose during the first week in order to keep severe pain at bay. A week after the bike accident when I saw orthopedic specialists Dr. White and Mr. Anderson, they renewed my prescription, but as of today (Day #11) I no longer feel the need for it. I doubt I will even need a tablet at bedtime tonight.
What’s bad about it:
A list of possible side effects was included on the prescription information sheet from Walgreen’s and on Drugs.com‘s online drug information, including “nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, flushing, or vision changes.” I did feel a bit lightheaded and dizzy from the medication, but I was quite glad to trade my agony for a fuzzy brain! (I mean, I wasn’t going to be driving anywhere anyway, right?)
Friends who have taken Hydrocodone/APAP warned me that I might get constipated while taking it, unless I drank lots of water and maintained a high-fiber diet. Fortunately, since my OsteoDiet for combatting osteoporosis and improving bone health includes lots of water and natural, high-fiber foods, constipation never became a problem.
Finally, hydrocodone can be habit forming; that is, it’s possible to become physically or psychologically dependent on the narcotic if you’re on it for several weeks. I didn’t have any difficulty weaning myself off, though. As the pain from my broken shoulder decreased, I found myself skipping or postponing the next dose until a painful flair-up occurred, until I’m now at the point that I don’t need it anymore.
It’s better than:
Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. They’re great for headaches and muscle aches, but for relief of severe pain, I needed something stronger!
It’s not a good as:
Morphine. That’s what they gave me when I first arrived at the hospital screaming and crying, bent over and clutching my arm to my chest. Morphine = Powerful Pain Relief. After that, the technicians could take X-rays, but not before. Morphine is highly addictive, however, so it makes sense to me that a doctor would prescribe it for only immediate trauma relief.
Why I use this product:
I used Hydrocodone/APAP for comfort and sleep for 10 days after the bike wreck, and I was extremely grateful to have it when I needed it!
Best place to get it: From your local or on-line pharmacy by doctor’s prescription.