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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: Back pain,taking Norco 367. Have had bad to quite severe pain much chiropractic care in lifetime.Do not want to become anymore of a addict than possible.Take 5 pills per day 1 every 4 to 5 hrs. Looking for a better the solution am now trying IP 110 Pills this month but so far they make me sleep a lot. I am 78 years old and fairly healthy have been taking the Norco for over 8 years. Sciatica problems seem to be a large part of the problem.thanks for your interest XXXXXXX YYYY@YYYY
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (1 hour later)
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Your concern is appreciated

Norco M 367 contain acetaminophen 325mg and hydrocodone 10 mg
IP 111 pills contain acetaminophen 500mg and hydrocodone 5 mg
They belong to group of medications called narcotic analgesic combination.
They are used for different type of pain. Regarding sciatica as it is one of worst painful condition the main objective of managment is effective pain relief. For that many analgesics are tried by physician but the basic rule is u climb up the analgsesic ladder we start from simple to more and more potent analgesics like simple NSAIDS to narcotics untill effective pain relief is achieved. Ofcourse narcotics have the side effect of addiction but hydrocodone has the minimum tendency of all narcotics and they are very effective in pain relief too while also less side effects in contrast to NSAIDS like nsaids causes peptic ulcer nephropathy etc
People taking narcotics meds are always worried that they will get addicted but you should know that tolerance and dependence is not addiction and at your age pain relief is most important issue. Poorly controlled pain can lead to functional decline mood disoeders and depression.
People who use these meds for chronic pain have very less chances of getting addicted. The final decision should be taken weighing these pros and cons.

let me know if you have any query

wishing you best of health

Hope it will help
Thank you
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Brief Answer: Explained in detail Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome Your concern is appreciated Norco M 367 contain acetaminophen 325mg and hydrocodone 10 mg IP 111 pills contain acetaminophen 500mg and hydrocodone 5 mg They belong to group of medications called narcotic analgesic combination. They are used for different type of pain. Regarding sciatica as it is one of worst painful condition the main objective of managment is effective pain relief. For that many analgesics are tried by physician but the basic rule is u climb up the analgsesic ladder we start from simple to more and more potent analgesics like simple NSAIDS to narcotics untill effective pain relief is achieved. Ofcourse narcotics have the side effect of addiction but hydrocodone has the minimum tendency of all narcotics and they are very effective in pain relief too while also less side effects in contrast to NSAIDS like nsaids causes peptic ulcer nephropathy etc People taking narcotics meds are always worried that they will get addicted but you should know that tolerance and dependence is not addiction and at your age pain relief is most important issue. Poorly controlled pain can lead to functional decline mood disoeders and depression. People who use these meds for chronic pain have very less chances of getting addicted. The final decision should be taken weighing these pros and cons. let me know if you have any query wishing you best of health Hope it will help Thank you