02-24-2009, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by SunnySoCal
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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