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Pain Medications

Primary Medication = Norco (Hydrocodone) or Vicodin

  • Take 1 – 2 tablets every 4 – 6 hours as needed
  • Max of 12 pills per day
  • Plan on using it for 2 to 5 days, depending on level of pain
  • Do NOT take additional Tylenol (Acetaminophen) while taking Norco or Vicodin

For pain in between doses of Norco/Vicodin, take 2 – 3 (200mg tabs) of Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin (every 4 – 6 hours)

Side Effects of Pain Medication

  • Constipation: Take whatever works for you
  • Prune juice
  • Senekot
  • Colace or Periocolace
  • Miralax
  • Nausea: Take prescribed Zofran / Phenergan as needed

For surgeries of larger magnitude, some patients will be prescribed Oxycontin (10mg)

  • Take one tablet every 12 hours as needed for pain
  • If given Oxycontin, Norco will be used for pain in between doses (1 – 2 tablets every 4 – 6 hours as needed)