Lynne, Constipation is a side effect of all narcotics. For most people it's a problem but for us Crohnies, it can be a real blessing.
I have been on every NSAID & Cox II except Vioxx & Indomethacin (they have high rates of GI bleeding). The only thing that I could tolerate was low doses (200mg) of Ibuprofen. Everything else tore up my gut. Now I'm taking Vicoprofen, which is Vicoin 7.5mg (hydrocodine) & I buprofen 200mg. So far, this combo seems to be working better than plain Vicodin. Lortab is the same as Vicodin, just a different brand name.
the only narcotics that I haven't tried are Darvocet & MSContin. Vicodin, Codeine, & Percocet are all some form of derivative of Morphine. Somehow Darvocet is different. It's all in the chemical structure. I've been told by several people that it works well and I hope you are getting good relief from it.
On top of the Vicoprofen, I've also had several procedures at the Pain Clinic to help manage the pain and it's going very well. Although I still have pain and need the pills, it's not quite as bad as it had been. If you need more help, please find a good Pain Mgmt Doc to work with so that you can manage the pain without having to take so many meds that you are out of it.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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