Drug Ratings for VICODIN ES

Average Rating: 3.8 (37 Ratings)

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 3  Arthritis Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't and other times just plain dizzy F 60 2 years
7.5/750
5/13/2013

 4  Arthritis Sometimes this works as it should, other time it doesn't even control the pain and last I get dizzy from it (this doesn't happen too often) F 60 2 years
7.5 mg
4/1/2013
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 4  Headache constipated!!!!! F 29 7 days
5/500
9/19/2012

 3  In constant pain from arthritis No side effects, but sometimes, rarely, is not strong enough to take care of the pain. F 59 3 years
7.5-750
5/1/2012
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 1  severe knee pain Foggy, headachey, then went into shakes for several hours all this taking just 1/4 pill! Hated it. I am very drug sensitive so decided i better just try part of a pill.. sure glad I didn't take a whole pill. Unreal.....forget this! Back to Advil.. F 59 1 days
750/7.5 1X D
4/25/2012
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 5  3 years tiredness,headache very good at relieving my severe arthiritis pain in knees and spine. I usually take between 1 and 3 per day depending on the weather and what type of physical activity I am involved in. The drug does make you feel calm and peacefull in addition to relief of pain but I do not think I could ever take more than 3 per day due to the fatigue. F 63 3 years
750 3X D
11/20/2011

 3  Broken nose Dizziness, confused, overwhelmed, weird ideas. M 33 3 days
11/20/2011

 4  Chronic Neck pain. ACDF Surgery Headache, sleepiness, constipation, dizziness. Works well to reduce the pain. Can be addictive so I only take it when I really need it. F 24 6 months
7.5/750 2X AN
10/23/2011
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 4  pain after extraction constipation, mild nausea Great for real pain, but not abuse, in my case. I used to love having extra opiate pills, for "fun", around after dental mauling, but now I get too constipated. And I'm sick of all that tylenol. Big deal--no chance for addiction anymore. I only took two doses (needed) and got plugged up for the next day. Ugh. F 59 1 days
7.5-750 4X D
10/11/2011

 3  Chronic Nerve and Pelvic Pain Constipation, alert (Can not take at night!), happy go lucky, itchy nose, short term memory loss 7.5/750 Doesn't take away the pain, merely distracts me from it about 75% of the time. I have chronic pelvic pain, nerve pain with my glute muscles fusing together and hitting nerves after I had my coccyx removed 4 years ago. I take a half of a pill, maybe a whole pill almost everyday. Constant pain, spikes about 6+ times a day, sometimes bringing me to tears. Scared of addiction and try to just deal with the pain. F 24 10 months
10/9/2009
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 5  surgery pain/recreational Biggest side effect: tolerance, addiction, and withdrawal. Vicodin was my only relief after I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out at the age of 24, but like a lot of people, I liked it too much. This began an opiate addiction that lasted for almost 9 months. I'm finally off them, but I wouldn't say that people shouldn't take Vicodin because you can get addicted. Just make sure you are making good choices and have a doctor that it monitoring you properly. It doesn't matter how amazing Vicodin makes you feel, it's not worth the 30 minutes of euphoria to completely ruin your life like I did. Side effects: nausea, vomiting, itching, drowsiness at first, noticeable euphoria, more sociable, more energy, coming down is very unpleasant, and withdrawal is one of the worst things I have ever experienced (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dysphoria, shakes, extreme anxiety). Wonderful drug for moderate to severe pain, but be careful with it. F 24 9 months
9/3/2009

 2  Fibromyalgia Muscle Pain Headaches, stomach pain, and joint stiffness/gave me a strong arthritis type pain all over. Pain was almost like a bad flu Didn't help much with fibro pain plus I don't like that taking the prescribed dosage of 2 tabs every 4-6 hrs puts you almost at a tylenol overdose. I switched meds after a 37 yr old friend of mine had to have a liver transplant and almost died. She never abused dosage and if you ask me it isn't worth risk. There are better meds out there. F 35 1 years
8/29/2009

 3  Chronic pain from MVA anger issues, anxiety, after extended use ineffective for pain level. constipation, loss of libido. General dryness. Weight loss. Intollerance (violent sickness) if alcohol ingested, even small quantities (1 glass of wine). Worked great for a year or so but after taking it for so long it no longer worked to eliviate pain. I took varying levels of opiates for 9 years straight. Withdrawal is horrible. I tapered dosage in half for a month, then in half again for another month, until one day I quit taking them altogether. I will NEVER use pain pills for my pain again unless post-op. The withdrawal is not worth it. F 45 9 years
4/24/2009

 4  car accident hurt shoulder sleppiness I love this drug to get high pretty good for pain, BUT I wouldnt take it too long F 31 90 days
3/5/2009

 4  Severe joint damage Impaired vision, slight dizziness, and extreme energy and hyperactivity . Even though this medication can help I would not recommend it unless you truly truly need it. The medication can become addictive and cause abdominal problems and liver problems. M 28 2 years
2/20/2009
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 4  fibromyalgia sleepiness, itchiness I take it periodically when my pain gets to the point where I can't sleep. I am terrified of becoming addicted and needing greater doses, so I use it only when my pain is unbearable. It puts me to sleep and I wake up the next morning feeling significantly better, even when I'm in a downward spiral. F 55 3 years
2/13/2009

 5  Recreational Euphoric, sociable, pain-free. I think I liked it a little too much. When mixed with alcohol, it causes extreme euphoria. I found I was much more talkative and relaxed around others...to the point where when I didn't have it, I could barely function. Still dealing with addiction to it, day by day. F 22 1 years
12/19/2008
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 5  degenerative disc disease a little nauseous when started taking. constipation. the word constipation does not do it justice. there is a definate "hydro" turd. nothing like you've ever experianced. any over the counter stool softner/laxative helps a lot. vicodin has made every day life a little easier. I have degenerative disc disease (lumbar). 2 disc bulge directly on my spinal cord. both discs are completely blacked out on mri and another is gray.have been to several neurologist and at this point because of the position of the discs I have no other options. you must be careful with this med because of the possible addiction. the feeling you get out of it is wonderful BUT only take to alleviate the pain. I dont need to be completely pain free just relieved enough to work. for me this philosophy has kept me from addiction. I can go without it with no withdrawls just a lot of pain. one thing that has helped me decrease my dose, 4 7.5 a day to 2-2 and a half, is an inversion table. this helps take pressure off my spine. be very careful with this med! M 38 1 years
11/7/2008

 1  Oral surgery I felt like I was knocked over the head, and held down, and I became very nauseated. I was trapped on the verge of hurling, but fighting it since doing so would make things very messy in my mouth where I had lots of stitches and couldn't well clean. A bad night. Reading the other comments, I see I am in a minority. So, this med may work just fine for you. Maybe it's better on a "full" stomach -- something not easy to achieve when one's had surgery in one's mouth. F 50 1 times
5/31/2008

 5  Knee Surgery and Low Back Pain Little Dry Mouth and some Constipation, Thats it. The Best Pain Killer so far. Makes you fell good inside. I take 1 in the morning with my Coffee, 1 during the mid day while working, and 2 at night before before bed with Green Tea and I'm fine. Dont eat heavy food with it eat light and a good hot bowl of soup works the best. I have taken Vicodin for 6 years I take 3-4 a day and i have (NO PAIN AT ALL)... Just dont over medicate yourself. It works take it!!!! M 35 6 years
11/16/2007

 3  4 Wisdom Teeth Extracted Very drowsey while sitting/laying down however,if I was moving i'd be fine. Itching. Occasional disorientation and dizziness. I would take 2 vicodin every 4 to 5 hours and one to two ibuprofen inbetween taking them. There was still a considerable amount of pain if I was doing anything with my mouth (eating, drinking, talking) but it helped more then just taking the ibuprofen alone. F 19 3 days
9/26/2007
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 4  Neck pain due to bone growth Slightly sleepy. Slightly lower concentration level. No constipation. Works well for my chronic pain. I am prescribed 4 per day, but sometimes only take 3. Prior to taking Vicodin I was miserable, now I almost feel normal. I am happy with the results and the side effects are mild. I will be taking it long term and hope that I do not become tolerant. Vicodin does not make me feel euphoric. I feel no other need to take other than for pain control. M 50 1.5 months
9/15/2007

 5  Post Multiple Tooth Extraction NONE. No side effects & No Pain! I would strongly recommend this medication! M 54 8 weeks
3/3/2007
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 4  4 Wisdom teeth extracted Sleepiness, some dizziness, itching all over. This medication helped take the pain away quickly, within minutes after taking it. It also makes me sleepy within minutes after taking it, I could hardly keep my eyes open. But after some sleeping I wake up refreshed and are able to get stuff done. The pain was so unbearable right after surgery, that I had to take two on my first dose, which made me real dizzy....didn't do that again. On the second day of taking the medication I got so itchy all over. I got the same itching side effect from taking morphine a few years ago after a surgery. Much better then Percocet...I hate percocet ...it makes me so unbearably nauseous . F 6 days
1/21/2007

 3  back surgeries constipation, euphoria, withdrawl symptoms of low grade fever, depression, nervous twitches, rashes, weight gain over time dosage must increase to provide relief. when I run out I feel like a junkie, trying to buy from internet. currently in withdrawl. I hate this medication but I love the relief it provides. I really want to get into physical therapy again and stop taking vicodin, or at least reduce the number of times I take it per day. I have taken anywhere from 5 to 20 per day recently. I feel like I'm falling into the "cycle" described by others on this page and am trying to stop it without rehab. I've never had addiction issues with anything before. I've had lamanectomy and spinal fusions and pain is bad but this medication is just as bad and very dangerous. M 51 2 years
12/1/2006
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 4  For pain A little light headedness,sleepiness.And stomach irritation if taken without food. I TRY TO TAKE THE SMALEST DOSE AND I STILL GET SOME RELIEF.IF I TAKE A WHOLE TABLET IT MAKES ME TALK ALOT. F 33 6 months
10/20/2006

 5  hand surgery Mild euphoria (nice trip!); occasional rebound headache; occasional mild nausea, the result of taking Vicodin on an empty stomach; mild disruption in sleep. Also prescribed Phenergan in combo with Vicodin to fend of nausea. Only trouble is that Phenergan puts you sleep in zombie land for a long time. Great for pain relief -- and the side effects (except for nausea) are pleasant. One feels a sense of calm after taking Vicodin. M 40 1 months
7/10/2006

 5  Herniated discs & arthritis in neck Mental fuzziness, lack of focus and fatigue. The side effects are worth the pain relief. Without it, I would not be able to work or play. I only take 2.5-3 p/day (7.5/750)--NEVER anymore than that. I most likely have a physical dependence since I've taken the same dose for about two years. But I know I'm not psychologically addicted (if I was, I'd be wanting to take more); however, most doctors have a problem prescribing it long term--even though it's obvious I'm not abusing the drug. My last doctor agreed to prescribe it long term. Question is: Why only her and not the others? Any comments from other chronic pain sufferers who use this drug? P.S. I used to take it with Oxycontin but I didn't like the idea of taking that drug so I detoxed myself off of it. I'm glad I did. F 52 2 years
5/4/2006
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 1  to get high constipation, very dizzy, cannot function Very easily addicting.. I had some left over from a root canal and decided to take it. In the beginning, it was fun.. After 2 weeks, I tried to stop and my skin was itching like crazy and i felt depressed to the point where I couldnt function. I got more illegally and then after a week I came to my senses and stopped. The withdraw is bad... again, itchy skin, dizzy.... bearable though. I am glad I stopped.. Please be careful with this. F 24 3 weeks
4/2/2006

 5  chronic back, leg, neck, pain at first, sleepy, constipated, dizzy, mild euphoria. Had some nausea at first, but taking a drink of water would stop it. Now only get sleepy sometimes, and have to watch for constipation. I take a stool softner daily, and laxitive if I have not had a daily B.M. Had fusion surgery at C4,5,6. Bad disk at L5, and bad disk at mid back area. Have leg and foot pain from nerve dammage. Also lots of arthritis in my back. I am going to be evaluated for further back surgery. My Dr. switched me to Duragesic patch, but it was a nightmare expierience. I got sick from the side effects. Especially severe anxiety. Was on Duragesic for two months. Now back on 4 daily Vicodin ES. I wish I could just stay on it forever, as it is very effective pain relief for me, with a min. of side effects. Still able to work, mostly pain free. I am an Electrician. Doubt if I could keep working without some pain relief. Dr. says Vicodin not for long term pain relief however. Outstanding pain relief! Highly reccomended. M 50 11 months
2/11/2006

 5  chronic back, leg, neck, pain at first, sleepy, constipated, dizzy, mild euphoria. Had some nausea at first, but taking a drink of water would stop it. Now only get sleepy sometimes, and have to watch for constipation. I take a stool softner daily, and laxitive if I have not had a daily B.M. Had fusion surgery at C4,5,6. Bad disk at L5, and bad disk at mid back area. Have leg and foot pain from nerve dammage. Also lots of arthritis in my back. I am going to be evaluated for further back surgery. My Dr. switched me to Duragesic patch, but it was a nightmare expierience. I got sick from the side effects. Especially severe anxiety. Was on Duragesic for two months. Now back on 4 daily Vicodin ES. I wish I could just stay on it forever, as it is very effective pain relief for me, with a min. of side effects. Still able to work, mostly pain free. I am an Electrician. Doubt if I could keep working without some pain relief. Dr. says Vicodin not for long term pain relief however. M 50 11 months
2/11/2006

 4   Rebound headcahe, When nothing else works fot my neck and head pain, I reach for Vicodin ES. Trouble is, as mentioned, it often gives me a hangover feeling the next day. If I keep these down to 1 a week and have no problems. M 41 4 years
8/14/2005

 5  pain none great for pain relief F 30 2 years
9/16/2003

 4  arthritis Difficulty with sleeping if taken before bed time. Problem resolved in a few days, no longer a problem. I have been using Vicodin approximately 10 years for pain control. After prolonged use the drug is now only effective for approx. 3 hours. Started treatment for pain with 5mg hydrocodone/500mg acetaminefen (sp), twice a day, now taking 10mg/325mg acetamenifen four times a day. My dosage has increased over the years but so has my pain. The drug continues to work for me. M 70 10 years
9/4/2002

 5  my wisdom teeth were hurting badly slightly tired, odd bowel movements i really like the drug it helped with the pain although could be addictive F 19 5 days
7/17/2002

 3  to get high constipation, pruritis F 56 3 years
6/8/2002

 5  WRIST SURGERY M 50 3 months
5/11/2002
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