So I have been prescribed Norco for dental work and I noticed that I have a left over script from when I had my daughter for lortab. I have the same amount of lortab left as what is being prescribed norco. Trying to save money because I have no insurance and the dental work itself was RIDICULOUS w/o insurance I was wondering if they both are the same. The hydrocodone ratio is the same altho the tylenol is a bit higher but isn't a problem because the dentist said I can take a tylenol with the script and it equates right (so I wont be over doing the tylenol). My question is due to my employer doing a good bit of randoms at that moment I don't want to be messed up by taking something that won't metabolize the same way. I have always been told that hydrocodone is hydrocodone and all the fancy names (lortab, vicodin, norco, etc) are the brand names but it is all the same with different tylenol amounts. Anyone know if this is true? My employer knows about my dental work and knows I would be prescribed something for the pain but I want to be on the said of caution and the fact that I don't have insurance yet and I am BROKE from the dental work. Any help is much appreciated.
25 Jul 2010
Both will show positive for opioid. It will give a list of meds that will cause this positive. Including, vicodin, hydrocone, lortab, etc. The only issue that may come up is they will be able to tell how long you have been taking them and at what levels. Most employers go with the cheapest testing facility. So it's doubtful they will dig any deeper to find out this info. Be sure to tell them what meds you take, mgs, and how often. .
25 Jul 2010
Thanks for your help. I have no been taking very long anyway but didn't want to do something that will mess me up. I have a script from about a month ago but don't really have the money to fill this one and that is why I would like to just take what I already have if I need it. So I am hope I will be okay but am kind of worried about doing it. Uggghhh. I wish this tooth would just behave.
28 Sep 2011
They will show up as they same as they are virtually all the same drug. They will show up as an opiate and if sent to a lab will be tested positive for hydromorphine which is what a becomes after it is processed through the kidneys. So you will test positive for hydrocodone for the most part.
16 Jul 2013
Those drugs are basically the same. They all have hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. I can't give you the scientific reason for slight variations of effect between them other than the dosing. Since they all have hydrocodone they will up show up under a drug test.
The drug is described as something like NORCO 7.5-325
The first number in Vicodin,Lortab and NORCO is the amount of Hydrocodone. In the example above it's 7.5 mg. The second number is the amount of acetaminophen. In this case 325. NORCO always has 325 mg of acetaminophen I believe. The other two drugs have 500 mg, or maybe even more. If you were to ask me which is safer over longer periods of time, I would believe NORCO due to smaller amount of acetaminopohen.
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