I have been taking this off and on for almost 5 years now. At only 17, I have had several dental problems since my permanent teeth have came. I have had my adult teeth for about 5 years now. I do take good care of my teeth and I brush very thoroughly, so I know that isn't my problem. I have had toothache after toothache, root canal after root canal, abscess after abscess, and even 2 extractions, 1 of which was a surgical extraction. The medication helps with the pain better than anything else for pain. I don't take it every day so I won't get addicted. Usually 5mg doesn't do much for me, but the 7.5mg dosage is perfect for me. It doesn't take away the pain completely, but it makes it where I can tolerate it. To take it away completely, I take the medicine with Bayer Advanced Aspirin. The only problem I have with hydrocodone is that it makes me itch, otherwise no complaints.
I have RA and oddly this drug raises my energy level so I can function. I never take more than 2 pills per day whether it is effective or not, but most times it works great. Without it I can do nothing.