California_Soul74, Oxycodone is 1 1/2 times stronger as a general rule. The Oxy is shorter acting than the hydro, therefore the need to take oxy more often creates a problem in that it becomes more addicting (and harder to withdrawal from). Also keep in mind there is a difference between Oxycodone and Oxycontin as far as duration and effect. I am not a Dr. and this is from my own research, so, hope this helps. Julie
I was given Vicoden 7.5/ 750. Pain in meniscus tear got worse a few weeks prior to surgery, then I was given Percocet 5/325. I asked my pharmacist she told me they are almost the same drug, except the Percocet may be slightly and she said it twice SLIGHTLY stronger. Well here is what I noticed, which was a great improvement. Two weeks prior to surgery it felt like my knee jammed even more. I wasn't getting a break from the Vicoden. The first Percocet I took I could tell it started working differently on me. My knee kept cracking and cracking. Apparently it was guarded and whatever was in or the strength of the Percocet had exactly what I needed to get past that agony I was in. It was actually the only time I had to take it. Until after surgery which then I was given 10/325. I must say I believe all these drugs work differently on all of us. So as far as which is stronger it's up to who's taking it and why.
I had a minor side effect I believe with the Vicoden which I didn't feel was serious enough to bring to anyone's attention, which I didn't notice at ALL taking the Percocets including the stronger ones. The Vicoden was fine but after I had to take the second pill in 4 to 6 hours I noticed a difference in my breathing. Now don't get me wrong it wasn't labored or anything even close. It was just something I noticed because I am very aware of my body. Again just a slight difference in breathing but never noticed it even when I took the stronger dose of percocet or the percocet in general so not sure why it would happen. It's just something I was made aware of during this meniscus thing. I had to continue on the Percocet because after surgery during rehab I found to have a problem with my SI, which they say often happens because you aren't excercising like you once did... anyway.. moving along feeling better and honestly I hate narcotics.. but in this case I have to say they worked, I wasn't ill taking them and I'm moving along nicely after my two meniscus tears.. along with a tear in my ACL... the recovery isn't anything compared to the pain before hand.. !! Again.. what I have written is my opinion only and I feel it's important to realize we all have different affects, no matter what anyone says regarding strengths.
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