Side effects of vicodin for chronic pain?

The biggest problem. Is that as you use this regularly, the pain is magnfied during those periods the drug wearing off(3-4 hrs later) . This adds to and perpetuates baseline pain.
See below. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome when using hydrocodone: constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; heartburn; lightheadedness; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting.

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Vicodin/norco side effects (for chronic pain) - do they lessen?

No. The side effects need to be addressed. For example. For the most common side effect -the constipation you can take plenty of diatary fiber, colace, (docusate sodium) metamucil, senocot tabs, plenty of fluid. Exercise like walking also stimulates the bowels and helps.Very good would be adding acupuncture, meditation, homeopathy and other alt. Therapies to help the constipation , the pain and also the underlying problem. Read more...
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Vicodin/norco constipation side effects (for chronic pain) - does it lessen with time?

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