After a neck injury I was prescribed both oxycodone and hydrocodone. What are the main differences between the two drugs? I am aware that they both are narcotic pain relievers and controlled substances.
I cannot tell you the exact chemical difference, but I can tell you Oxy is much stronger than Hydro, my Doc says by 2 1/2 times in strength. However, despite this, they do work very well together and you are to be considered fortunate to have them both prescribed. Hope this helps.
They are both semisynthetic opioid analgesics. Hydrocodone is a Schedule 3 which has a lower abuse potential then oxycodone which is a schedule 2 drug. Hydrocodone can have refills called into the pharmacy. Oxycodone cannot be refilled or be called in, you have to get a new hard copy prescription in your hot little hands to take to the pharmacy. Oxycodone is considered the stronger of the two. Oxycodone is 1.5 to 2 times stronger mg to mg than morphine. Hydrocodone is always mixed with either acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the US, you cannot get hydrocodone alone. Oxycodone can be combined with acetaminophen or aspirin or it can come in a pill alone. Oxycodone is available in a long acting formula and hydrocodone is not.
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