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Old 06-15-2006, 08:42 AM   #1
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What do the numbers mean on pills?

Hi,
I'm taking lortab 10/500 but I want to ask my doctor for something a little milder but I don't want him to cut me down too much.Are 10/325 milder?I don't really understand what the numbers mean.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:51 AM   #2
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Re: What do the numbers mean on pills?

Hi Bev, The first number is the amount of hydrocodone and the second is the amount of tylenol.
Your getting the same amount of hydro, just less apap which is beter for your liver and kidneys if you take large amounts of "apap" The max dosage of tylenol is 4000 mgs a day for the average person that uses it for a couple days and then stops. CP patients that take for long periods of time should generally limit it to 2000 mgs a day. I know I exceeded those numbers for years when there was no such thing as OxyContin or using opiates for chronic pain that wasn't malignant. I figure I was lucky as far as liver damage, some won't be so lucky .

If you wanted something slightly weaker the next step down is 7.5 mgs of hydro,then 5mgs and 2.5mgs. There are so many different brands and generics for those brands you may get the Norco brand with 325 of apap in all their strengths or get Vicodin ES which has 7.5/750, Anexia has 7.5/600 and there is another that has 400 mgs of apap per dose. But all they are doing is adjusting the amount of tylenol. If you want something weaker you need to decrease the first number which reflects the amount of narcotic. You can drop to 7.5, 5 or 2.5 mgs, or break the 10's you have now in half and have roughly 5/175 with the norco brand.

Good luck, Dave

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Old 06-15-2006, 09:18 AM   #3
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Re: What do the numbers mean on pills?

Thanks Dave,
That helps!
Bev

 
Old 06-15-2006, 03:03 PM   #4
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Re: What do the numbers mean on pills?

hi all,just a thought but maybe you can just ask the dr if you can take half a pill intil you get use to it.This away you won't have to change your script to a lower dose because it shouldn't take too long to become use to the meds. If you do this when you are ready to take the whole pill you won't have to then get another scipt.I don't know if you have to even ask the dr .(because its not like you are taking more than prescibed). kelsey

 
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