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i just figured out where to post on here. posted on someone elses thread earlier. sorry...

i have been on norco 10/325 for about a year maybe a little longer and before that vicodin in various dosages for fibromyalgia and arthritis. lately, my pain has increased but so has my stress which causes flare ups. Doc wants to switch me to Avinza. I want to know the difference if anyone really knows from experience. I am also Bipolar 2 so depression is an issue with me. i have seen that Avinza can cause tiredness, groggy etc..i definitely do not want that. with teh norco i actually feel mentally better which i am sure is due to an effect of the drug. the thing is, so what? im not taking more of it, never have but i am also very afraid of taking a drug that may knock me out. norco does not nor has ever done that. how do i explain this to my doctor. we had an issue where he prescribed ultram for breakthru pain. well had a HORRIBLE reaction ended up in the ER. now he wants to put me on morphine because its ER. i actually understand his reasoning behind this with having to take less pills and avoiding the ups and downs but actually im ok with that! im used to this medication and would like to stay with it until it no longer works, then i would consider it. isnt avinza more addicting than norco? or morphine anyway?? my insurance will probably not pay for the ER so it will more than likely not even be the ER anyway so what is the point? im scared and just want to keep my regular regimine. i'll deal with the break thru pain with ibuprofen or flexeril. my stress is about to end anyway. ive been living with a "friend" who drives me into stress overdrive and am about to move with my kids into a new place. at that time things will be back to normal. i guess i just made the mistake of telling the doc about breakthru pain? didnt know he was gonna wanna change EVERYTHING. sorrry long first timer vent....help.:confused:
[QUOTE=idohair000;3458556]i just figured out where to post on here. posted on someone elses thread earlier. sorry...

i have been on norco 10/325 for about a year maybe a little longer and before that vicodin in various dosages for fibromyalgia and arthritis. lately, my pain has increased but so has my stress which causes flare ups. Doc wants to switch me to Avinza. I want to know the difference if anyone really knows from experience. I am also Bipolar 2 so depression is an issue with me. i have seen that Avinza can cause tiredness, groggy etc..i definitely do not want that. with teh norco i actually feel mentally better which i am sure is due to an effect of the drug. the thing is, so what? im not taking more of it, never have but i am also very afraid of taking a drug that may knock me out. norco does not nor has ever done that. how do i explain this to my doctor. we had an issue where he prescribed ultram for breakthru pain. well had a HORRIBLE reaction ended up in the ER. now he wants to put me on morphine because its ER. i actually understand his reasoning behind this with having to take less pills and avoiding the ups and downs but actually im ok with that! im used to this medication and would like to stay with it until it no longer works, then i would consider it. isnt avinza more addicting than norco? or morphine anyway?? my insurance will probably not pay for the ER so it will more than likely not even be the ER anyway so what is the point? im scared and just want to keep my regular regimine. i'll deal with the break thru pain with ibuprofen or flexeril. my stress is about to end anyway. ive been living with a "friend" who drives me into stress overdrive and am about to move with my kids into a new place. at that time things will be back to normal. i guess i just made the mistake of telling the doc about breakthru pain? didnt know he was gonna wanna change EVERYTHING. sorrry long first timer vent....help.:confused:


I was on Avinza with Norco for BT pain and Soma for better part of a year and a half. I did work but as with all meds the longer you are on them the less affective they become.

I am now on Fentanyl 75mcg patch, with Norco for BT and Soma. It is doing alright so long as the weather holds stable. However if it gets damp or we get rain I am in pain big time even with the Fentanyl, Norco and Soma. Also suffer from Crohn's disease so when that happens it kicks up the back problem big time

Norco is a pretty good medication. Ask you doctor if you can take the Avinza and have the Norco for BT pain. It doesn't hurt ot ask.