Was wondering how many Norco/325's would be equal to a 20mg Oxycontin? My Doctor just gave me Oxycontin instead of the Norco that I have been taking for about 3 years.
Your doctor was right about taking you off the norco's. 3 years is a long time to be on a rapid release opiate. I'm sure you've heard the dangers of long term use of acetaminophen. There's really no comparison between the 2... hydrocodone vs. oxycodone. The oxy is an extended release opiate for moderate to severe pain without the acetaminophen. The hydro is quick release and doesn't work as well as the oxycontin which doesn't have the acetaminophen. If you had 2, 10mg hydro's, it would not work as well as 20mg oxycodone. That's just my opinion. Each person is different when it comes to medications.
There is no difference between Oxycontin and oxycodone. Oxycontin does not contain acetaminophen. 20mg Oxycontin would be much more dangerous in my opinion and would be much stronger. I'm no doctor and I take Percocet myself but I would not personally recommend anyone take Oxycontin unless they had a life threatening medical problem with sever chronic pain as a side effect. If you are like me with a messed up back, torn rotator cuff, arthritic knees, missing an acl, degenerative disc disease and chronic arthritis then you will never be without pain. try to find a pain medicine as mild as you can and just bare the rest. Because when you are dealing with breakthrough pain medicine long term, you do run a real risk of becoming addicted. You will develop a dependence so pull back your dosage for awhile and be in pain. Then go back up slowly to your regular dosage. You might be miserable for a few weeks but it sure beats the alternative.
Its like comparing apples & oranges.oxycontonlin is the same as percocet w/o the tylenol & its extended release. Norco is a short acting pain med w/tylenol, its the same drug as vicodin but has less tylenol generally. If u r on pain meds long term it is better to be on a long acting like oxycontin 2x a day(generally this is how often it is prescribed) & then u might get something like Norco as a breakthrough med
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