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Old 02-24-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
 
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Question Percocet vs. Vicodin

Which would you recommend and do you think if I requested one over the other my doctor would let me have it? What are the pros and cons for each?
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oxycodone (percocet) is approximatley 1.5-2 times stronger than hydrocodone (vicodin).

they are both very similiar. both are synthetic opioid anagelsics. people tend to have more nausea or stomach issues with percocet but it is all dependant on the individual.

try the stronger drug if you have a high resistance to medications or if you do not have a high tolerance to pain.

try vicodin if you do have a high tolerance for pain or if you might get sick from the percocet. just all my opinion. hth
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I didn't have either I'm a light weight when it comes to pain medication so I was given muscle relaxers on top of Demeral which i thought was fantastic. lol It just depends on how strong your stomach is when it comes to medications.
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I was given Percocet, they worked very well, but I had to cut them in half because if I took a whole tablet, my stomach didn't feel good. I've had Vicodin once before, and I think Percocet worked better, but like I said, I couldn't tolerate the entire dose all at once.
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Percocet rocks! I am taking it right now after having foot surgery and I took it after BA surgery and it works very well. My foot surgery has been no picnic but the percocet has surely relieved the pain.

I have had Vicodin once when I got my wisdom teeth removed...and I think it worked well, but obviously the wisdom teeth pain is so mild compared to BA and Foot Surgery.
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I find I have less side effects with percoet over vicodin but everyone is differnt
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oxycodone (percocet) is approximatley 1.5-2 times stronger than hydrocodone (vicodin).

they are both very similiar. both are synthetic opioid anagelsics. people tend to have more nausea or stomach issues with percocet but it is all dependant on the individual.

try the stronger drug if you have a high resistance to medications or if you do not have a high tolerance to pain.

try vicodin if you do have a high tolerance for pain or if you might get sick from the percocet. just all my opinion. hth


The 2 drugs are similar. Both contain acetaminophen. Both are generally used for mild to moderate pain. Differences in prescribing are often just doc habits/preferences rather than different potency per se (varying degrees of milligrams in all drugs will effect potency as well); however, as others have mentioned, the oxycodone w/ hydrocholride vs. bitartrate is sometimes tolerated differently. While the demerol someone else mentioned, is used for moderate to severe pain--more potent w/ antianxiety effect as well. The oxycontins, morphine etc. are also a more potent bunch. All of the aforementioned are CNS depressants. Vicodin tends to make me mean, but the Lortab I have been prescibed is essentially the same. My ps suggested taking milk of magnesium w/ each dose of pain med to ease potential tummy trouble. Most people should see pretty decent relief w/ vicodin & percocet, especially if you are given a Rx for a muscle relaxer as well. My ps prescribed: Keflex (antibiotic), Lortab (pain), Skelaxin (muscle relaxant), Zofram (am of surgery for nausea) along w/ Scopolamine patch for same am of surgery, & Phenergan for nausea following surgery. I am comfortable w/ the meds I will be taking. I will only ask for something stronger if & when I truly need it. Good luck!

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Smile Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

All of this has been really helpful. I am back from my BA and feeling great. I was given Percocet, Cephalexin and Promethazine. Thank you all for the great advice and information. I am enjoying my Percocet greatly.
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When I broke my leg last year, I was prescribed both Percocet and Vicodin (long story as to why) . . . anyway, I always liked Vicodin better. But that's just me!
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If I had the choice, I'd choose percocet. In my experiences in the past and with a friend who had it with her BA, the vicodin needed to be used in higher doses to make the pain tolerable.

With percocet, I was good to take one every 4 hours.
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I'd chose percocet, vicodin makes me itchy..
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I went with Percocet. Seems like more people recommended it. I love it, it works well and it is not making me sick. I take one pill every 4 hours and I have had practically no pain.
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I just started taking Vitamin C and E today too. I want to stay healthy and heal quickly!
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