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They are both opioid drugs. Hydrocodone is only available in the US combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is a schedule III controlled substance. Oxycodone is available both with and without acetaminophen and it is also available in a long acting formula (Oxycontin). (Hydrocodone is not available as a long acting drug in the US.) Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance which means it has a higher abuse potential (read stronger). You have to have a new written script for each fill of oxycodone. Hydrocodone can have refills and it can also be called in to the pharmacy. Both are effective for pain.
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