I took Vicoden for a number of years, until my Drs. found something better. The Drs. told me that vicoden is usually going up and then starting downhill again. There is not long enough time that it works before it starts downhill again. You are either coming up or going down with it.Yes, it does work, but the only problem my Drs. and I found with it, is that it acts just as I said above. There is much better stuff out there that will stabilize you for a much longer period of time and is just as safe…if you only take it as prescribed by your Dr.