Oxycodone vs hydrocodone strength

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Some of you may have seen the recent news surrounding hydrocodone, but I wanted to share it here for those of you who haven't as it’s an important issue that could potentially affect millions of people. To give you a brief overview, an advisory panel to the FDA has recommended tighter restrictions on hydrocodone-containing drugs, which would essentially classify them among the most dangerous prescription medications available to patients.
Therefore, 5 mg of oxycodone is about 16 mg of hydrocodone so oxycodone is about 3 times stronger than hydrocodone. However, geminigirl is right in that everyone is different. I have read that some say hydrocodone works better for their pain than percocet and viceversa. For me, percocet works a lot better for my pain. Hydrocodone does not come without acetaminophen...yet. There is a drug in development called, Zohydro that would be a long-acting form of hydrocodone without acetaminophen.
I have been taking hydrocodone for about 2 1/2 years at an increasing rate, ending up with the 7.5 strength and about 18-20 per day. I do have severe arthitis pain and am a 51 year old woman. I have to cut down and recently cut down to 10 a day and have experienced physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. I have some clonidine and don't know how much to take for withdrawal. What is the recommended dosage.
Hydrocodone does the same for me,one night a few weeks ago i took 2 ambiens and didnt sleep a wink,so my doctor switched me to an equivelent of what i was taking of the hydrocodone(8 10/325mg norcos a day) now on Oxycodone IR,i only need one pill,i can sleep again,no pain,no issues.
the percocet are stronger, more addictive and result in worse withdrawals. the difference is vicodin are hydrocodone and percocet are oxycodone... same stuff as in the 'oxy's' that you probably have heard about... only difference is the strength. One thing you need to realize is that each time you use the stronger stuff to get you thru till you get your doc which is the weaker of the two you are moving your tolerance along so that you need more of it to get to your level.
I have been a good, faithful patient to him and I liked the fact that he could prescribe suboxone b/c I got addicted to hydrocodone. Oxycodone was not a drug that I tolerated well. Hydrocodone was my drug of choice after being on it for so long and then I found myself addicted. I am recovering and attend AA meeting regularly, sponsor and step work. Thank God for my obgyn dr.
basically hydrocodone is close to 1/2 the strength of the oxycodone so use that as a guide when tapering. LOL sounds like you hae access to a lot of stuff. Sorry just hit me as funny.
To answer the original question...In my experience hydrocodone and oxycodone are relatively the same mg per mg. I think people perfer oxycontin sometimes because they are available in 80mg tabs where as hydrocodone is rarely seen above 10mg.
Oxycodone is more powerful than Hydrocodone. Oxycontin is a sustained release form of Oxycodone and takes a long time to clear out of your body, thus probably a lot more uncomfortable to discontinue extended periods of use. Methadone and Suboxone are both opioids used to withdraw from euphoria inducing opiates. Methadone is often a life long solution to addiction, and carries the addiction stigma in requiring daily clinic visits for dosing.
There is also Opana ER (the long acting form) that is prescribed either with oxycodone or hydrocodone for breakthrough pain. I was on that for about 6 months, and had no trouble coming off that and onto hydrocodone. Good luck to you. I'm still struggling with pain, and had to change my career focus, and drop my hours down to virtually nothing. To be honest, that's what helped more than anything. I hope something helps you. Codeine is a poor choice for chronic pain management.
It is my understanding that you cannot get either hydrocodone or oxycodone without the acetaminophen. Oxycodone is no longer manufactured without the apap at least it is still unavailable in my state. Hydrocodone is simply not made without the apap. Otis brought up a several good point that I neglected to mention. Primarily all pain medications have side effects, some worse than others. Often how your system reacts is based on ones individual make up. My pain med contains acetaminophen.
can anyone tell me what to expect with regard to how this new medicine may affect me vs. the percocets I've been taking? I had to switch because the percocets weren't doing the job very well. I've built up a tolerance to them. Thanks for any info or advice.
You have the idea with the analogy of 1 oxy being replaced by 5 vicodin. Hydrocodone is simply a weaker formulary than the oxycodone. Oxycontin pertains to the method of time release dosing of oxycodone. Codeine would be weaker yet even. But the absolutely worst withdrawal is the one that you are currently going through.
Endocet is the generic name, and has oxycodone in it as well. Oh yes, also your first Rx had 5mgs of oxycodone, whereas your last one had 7.5mgs.
I was drug tested at work and they actually checked levels of the drug. So, I bet different tests would be more specific on oxycodone vs hydrocodone. If it were just a generic drug test, it would show up as 'opiates'.
So now I take 5 10mg of these and feel ok (side effect of impotence though). My hope is that I can get back on the hydrocodone or oxycodone or perocoset since these are the ones that have no side effects for me. Only problem is that they are the most abused drugs in the US so people like us who actually benefit from them (chronic diarrhea and mal-absorption from having no large intestine) suffer as a result. We are viewed as abusers when the truth is without it our life is ****** hell!
synthetic opioids are actually more effective than opiates.
I am trying to wean off of hydrocodone but have run out. I did get access to oxycodone 5mg, and I have to use those to continue to wean instead of the hydro. I know this sounds like an out-of-the-frying-pan and into-the-fire kind of approach, but I have tried and cannot do cold-turkey with my responsibilities to my family and my secret not getting out. I have no support. This is entirely up to me. I know we can't post dosages to wean, but what are your thoughts on this plan?
Yes, quantity matters, but it can be much more difficult to clean up from 10-20 daily mgs of Oxycodone than the same scaled dose of Hydrocodone, which is probably mg for mg, half the strength as Oxycodone(+-) for pain. I appreciate your reply, but be careful in your estimation of these powerful chemicals. Each is different, and the differences can be an unwelcomed suprise if you are hooked and decide to quit.
I have a degree in chemistry and I've been studying the chemical structure of oxycodone vs hydrocodone; since I tried going BACK to Hydro and it didn't do a thing to me..it was like eating sugar pills. The ONLY difference between the two is that on C-14 (the 14th Carbon atom) with Hydrocodone, the C is bonded to a Hydrogen atom, and with oxycodone, it is bonded to a hydroxyl group (OH). Wow. I mean...Wow.
Keep in mind that you may need a short acting opioid like oxycodone IR for breakthrough pain as long acting opioids are imperfect and many chronic pain patients still have breakthrough pain despite repeated increases in strength of the long acting opioid. The long acting opioid strength is considered optimal typically when there is no more than 2-3 periods out of the day when you have breakthrough pain. It sounds to me like you have fantastic doctor to help you manage your pain.
If so how many milligrams a day did/do you take and how long does it take for the Neurontin to start working? I'm currently taking about 70mg of hydrocodone/day and I want to stop. I hate being on opiate painkillers for so long. I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro?
In other words, what would be considered the Final step? Methadone, High doses of Hydrocodone, Oxycodone? Fentanyl patch? ANyhow, that's all I have for now.... So have a great day, people!
I have never heard of darkening around the eyes being caused by hydrocodone and Tylenol (Vicodin) but I know that taking a narcotic can disturb your normal sleep stages which may make you look tired and have the dark circles and red eyes. To be on the safe side, have another person look at your eyes closely and also check under your tongue.
Analgesia compared to morphine without as much sedative effects that morphine causes. And does not produce addiction on the same scale as morphine,hydrocodone,oxycodone,codiene and others. If all that is written about buprenorphine is true and accurate, it will be the pain medicine of the FUTURE. Pain medicine of the future will probably produce an antidepressant effect,produce analgesia,cause no sedation or nausea, and be non-addictive. Wow! What a concept. Best of Luck to you JOE, Dan...
Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone I abused hydro for 2-3 yrs very badly, been clean now almost 6mos. Recently "re-tried" hydro few weekends ago and my tolerance is about the same. Feel like **** for falling off the wagon but I got right back on it, thank God. Anyway, I have to have major shoulder surgery soon and am worried about 1) not being able to have pain relief and 2) falling off the wagon. Question that maybe someone knows: If I abused hydro and have built up such a tolerance.
Yes oxycodone is stronger than hydrocodone. Oxycodone is schedule II VS Schedule III for hyrdo; meaning oxy requires a triplicate Rx, and has a higher propensity for abuse.(As if they both don't get abused tons) Vikes never did **** for me, after all my years of perc abuse. Hey, we will certainly be here to help you thru your upcoming detox. Keep posting, and if at all possible try to shave off a couple pills.......it will just let you down easier when your detox begins.
2) These types of drugs knockout ‘normal’ people, especially the strength I need to take whereas I have a high-tolerance per the doc. It’s classic that with me; the pills keep me awake and motivated VS how I use to be which was constantly tired due to classic depression issues. I haven’t had a need for a nap in years now… This is what determines an addict, or the potential to get addicted.
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