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If hydrocodone 10/325 is taken long term say a year at about 2 pills per day will 11 days after taking the last pill be enough to pass a 10 panel test?

If hydrocodone 10/325 is taken long term say a year at about 2 pills per day will 11 days after taking the last pill be enough to pass a 10 panel test?

See below: If you took the medication on a physician's orders you will have no problem with any blood test. This is not a forum to learn how to fool a drug screen. ...Read more

Hydrocodone (Definition)

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more


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How long is it supposed to it take for one to develop a dependency on oxycodone and/or hydrocodone?

How long is it supposed to it take for one to develop a dependency on oxycodone and/or hydrocodone?

Narcotic d├ępendance: If you are prescribed a certain quantity of narcotic for a specific pain focus it is unlikely you will develop a dependancy. It usually happens in illicit or chronic situations. ...Read more

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Been taking 10/325 hydrocodone for almost 4 years for chronic back pain. What is an appropriate titration schedule after being on it for that long?

Been taking 10/325 hydrocodone for almost 4 years for chronic back pain. What is an appropriate titration schedule after being on it for that long?

At this stage of: Your treatment, you could continue with it if it remains effective for you utilizing not more than a total of 6 per day at intervals of 4-6 hours. If you want to stop, you can slowly taper your dose such as by reducing by one pill per week until you are off the medication minimizing any withdrawal symptoms. This should be discussed with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Been on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for 4 years 10/325, up to 8 per day. Is a one week titration schedule too fast?

Been on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for 4 years 10/325, up to 8 per day. Is a one week titration schedule too fast?

Taper schedule: Right now you are taking about enough narcotic to equal 80 mg of morphine. You should see your family practice physician to work though withdrawals especially if you have taken the medicine for 4 years. One way of tapering is a reduction of daily dose by 25% each week. ...Read more

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Using 10mg. Hydrocodone from a car accident a year ago. On and! Is this a common side effect using / daily basis 10mg hydro?

Using 10mg. Hydrocodone from a car accident a year ago. On and! Is this a common side effect using / daily basis 10mg hydro?

Narcotic dependency: Hydrocodone is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It sounds like you might develop dependency to hydrocodone. Please discuss it with your prescribing doctor to see if you would benefit from evaluation from addiction specialist. ...Read more

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I suffer with chronic pain, and I take hydrocodone in order to function. I want to have a baby next year, so what should I do?

I suffer with chronic pain, and I take hydrocodone in order to function. I want to have a baby next year, so what should I do?

Pain & Pregnancy: Chronic pain requires long term management and should include non-pharmacologic treatment as part of the plan. A switch to these methods is a wise decision. Weaning off opioid medication should only be done under medical supervision and should also be your goal before conceiving. Opioids do affect the newborn and can impact breathing and/or involve withdrawal symptoms if not properly managed. ...Read more

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Hello I am in severe tooth pain and found 16 year old hydrocodone apap. Have no health insurance. Safe to take two pills? They don't smell at all

Hello I am in severe tooth pain and found 16 year old hydrocodone apap. Have no health insurance. Safe to take two pills? They don't smell at all

Seek treatment: All the pain meds in the world will not solve your dental issues, even medications that are fresh and not expired. Insurance or not, you need to see a dentist. Try Stony Brook University for less expensive care. ...Read more

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I've been on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for over a year and just had surgery to relieve the pain. Is it okay if I stop?

I've been on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for over a year and just had surgery to relieve the pain. Is it okay if I stop?

Wean Off Opiates: Since you've been on the pain meds for such a long time, I recommend that you slowly wean off the meds over a 2-3 week period at least. If you are taking more than 3 tablets daily it may take longer to wean off. The reason is that you are dependent on the medications and abruptly stopping will result in a withdrawal syndrome. To avoid or reduce these symptoms I would recommend the slow wean. ...Read more

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Why has it been so difficult for me to get my norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) filled since the change oregon made reguarding its class and regulation last year?

DEA Hydrocodone Law: 10/6/14 was the last day that medical providers could call in any version of hydrocodone based scripts like your Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Because scripts like yours can only be written, this has changed who will write for this type of medicine anymore. It has forced some admin changes within medical offices. Some have stopped writing for it b/c these scripts are considered to be a headache to deal with now. ...Read more

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When will a doctor suggest looking into surgery for sciatia pain? Have been on prednisone and hydrocodone off and on since january of this year for sciatia pain. Painkillers and steroids are not working this time around and have been taking the prednisone

When will a doctor suggest looking into surgery for sciatia pain? Have been on prednisone and hydrocodone off and on since january of this year for sciatia pain. Painkillers and steroids are not working this time around and have been taking the prednisone

Given Your Pain: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. If you've already done this then maybe surgery is the right option for you. ...Read more

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Can norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) stop working after a year? I take it for ra/ severe back pain/sciatica but my dr won't change it I wake up stiff and in tons of pain

Can norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) stop working after a year? I take it for ra/ severe back pain/sciatica but my dr won't change it I wake up stiff and in tons of pain

Yes: Everyone becomes tolerant to opiate pain medications if used chronically. We worry about this all the time, however ask your doctor to switch your medicine to another medication to see if this works. If not, ask for a pain management referral. However you should be aware that this will happen again no matter what opiate you use. Sometimes having a pain medication holiday can be helpful. ...Read more

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Sufferfrom worst migraines ever about a year now. Tried diff prescrip meds none work. Curr on topomax and norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen).Legs\feet going numb. Inthe worst pain ever?

Sufferfrom worst migraines ever about a year now. Tried diff prescrip meds none work. Curr on topomax and norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen).Legs\feet going numb. Inthe worst pain ever?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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How long does hydrocodone stay in your body?

Why ask?: Are you trying to hide the illegal use of hydrocodone? With updated technology a urine drug screen can detect hydrocodone or its metabolites for many days. ...Read more

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How long does hydrocodone stay in your system?

Varies: Typically metabolites of hydrocodone are present in urine from 3-7 days. ...Read more

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How much hydrocodone can a person have in one day?

How much hydrocodone can a person have in one day?

It depends: With long term exposure to the drug, a person develops a tolerance to the drug effects. This means that to get the same effect, the person must take more medication once tolerance begins. In persons with no tolerance, 2 pills might be too much. In a tolerant individual, 8 pills may not be enough. I no recommend taking more than 8 pills per day at max. ...Read more

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How much hydrocodone (5/500) is "too many" in one day?

Upper limit is four: In order to stay at the 2 grams/day of tylenol (acetaminophen) now recommended for people taking this chronically. The old recommendation of 4 grams/day would leave you at 8 tabs. The fda is requiring all companies making tylenol (acetaminophen)-containing combinations in the future to not have more than 325 mg in each pill, in which case 6 tabs a day would be safest. Zohydro-hydrocodone w/o tylenol (acetaminophen) will soon be available. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hydrocodone to leave your body?

How long does it take for hydrocodone to leave your body?

Three to four days: Hydrocodone depends on metabolism by the liver to be broken down to hydromorphone. The cyp 450 pathway in the liver is the enzymatic pathway followed. The half life is 3 to 4 ours and it is excreted in the urine by the kidneys. It is not totally our of the body for three to four days. ...Read more

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How long could hydrocodone take to get out of your system?

How long could hydrocodone take to get out of your system?

It depends on type: Oxycodone comes in two varieties. Immediate release (ir) and controlled release (cr).

Some companies mix oxycodone (usually the ir variety) with Acetaminophen and give it names such as percocet, endocet, tylox (oxycodone and acetaminophen).

The ir is taken once per 4 -6 hours and can stay in your system for about a day but may be detected up to 72 hr later

cr is taken every 12 hours and can stay in your system 3 -4 days. ...Read more

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How long is hydrocodone good for after its expiration date?

Hydrocodone: In general, do not recommend taking medications after their expiration date. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to take hydrocodone that is 3 years expired?

Is it a problem to take hydrocodone that is 3 years expired?

Unreliable potency: The primary problem of expired meds is their unreliable level of potency. It is unlikely that it would be excessively strong if in pill form, though I've seen that problem in liquids. It would be prudent to ask your pcp for an update if needed & drop the expired med by a pharmacy where they can dispose of it safely (& thru state & fed regs). ...Read more

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Please explain how long does hydrocodone stay in your system?

4-6 hours: The half life of the drug is normally 3.8-6 hours, which means the effect of the drug lasts generally that long. It can be longer in people with kidney dysfunction or liver dysfunction as it is metabolized in the liver and excreted by the kidney unit the urine. There is individual variation but the effect lasts 4- 6 hours. ...Read more