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vicodin & tylenol w/ codeine
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    terryford is offline New Member
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    Thumbs down vicodin & tylenol w/ codeine

    Are these the same thing?
    I had good pain releif in my back with tylenol w/ codeine and now discover my new prescription is for vicodin. I asked the pharmacy and beleive it or not they weren't sure.
    Are they the same?

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    MaisieC is offline Senior Member
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    They are not exactly the same thing, but they are very similar. I believe the real difference is that the vicodin contains a synthetic opiate (hydrocodone) rather than actual codeine. If it's a question of pain relief, I would guess that the vicodin would be as effective as the Tylenol with codeine, if not more so. Just my personal experience, though: I'm not a doctor or a chemist.

    Take care!

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    Smile The pharmacist SHOULD know, but maybe not the tech

    Regular strength Vicodin contains hydrocodone and APAP (acetaminophen AKA tylenol) 5mg of hydrocodone/500 mg of tylenol. Tylenol #3 aka tylenol with codeine has 30mg of codeine and 300 mg of tylenol (there is a tylenol #2 with different strength of the codeine of but I dont recall ever hardly seeing it in practice). So NO, they are not the same. The difference? Well without divulging deep into chemistry the hydrocodone is a stronger pain reliever than straight codeine. Please, please be careful with either drug most importantly (and maybe suprisingly) because of the tylenol in each pill. Do NOT exceed 4,000 mg/day of tylenol because it can cause severe toxicity to the liver and even death (not even kidding). Hope this helps.

    -The doc

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