what is the difference in taking oxycodone versus hydrocodone for pain. i suffer form chronic back pain and have been taking hydrocodone for about 6 months. my doctor wanted to change to oxycodone. i was just wondering what the difference in the meds are as far as easing the pain
Hydrocodone is a relatively weak opiate painkiller and it does not come in a sustained release formula. So it is not a very good choice for long term pain control.
Oxycodone is stronger than hydrocodone but the big factor here is that your doctor can order you oxycontin which is a sustained release version of percocet minus the useless tylenol. This also cuts down drastically on the amount of pills you have to take daily and you are less likely to become addicted as quickly as you would to quick release opiates which only last a couple hours tops once you've been taking them awhile... Dave
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