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I posted a previous question about amitriptyline and vicodin. Here's another concern I have. I read somewhere that vicodin reduces the amount of endorphins in your brain while elavil is supposed to increase the endorphins. I wasn't sure why my NS didn't want me taking vicodin and now I wonder if this is the reason. The problem is the pain is a problem without the vicodin. Kind of a catch 22 I guess. Anyone have any other info on this subject?
I have been on both 1.5 years. Vicodin contains Acitometaphin (sp) which is hard on the liver. It is not designed for long term use. There is a 4000mg daily limit. There are drugs in the methadone and oxycontins that are extremely affordable and are better able to handle long term pain. LD