VICODIN IS HYDROCODONE(the generic name) and has 500mg of tylenol(or generic name of acetimenophen) in either a 5mg or 7.5mg or 10mg pill(means it contains 5mg,7.5mg or 10mg of the hydrocodone or vicodin whatever the strength of vicodin your dr prescribes and whatever u call it or know it as. And 500mg tylenol(acetimenophen the generic name)This is how it would look like on a prescription or label on your bottle... hydrocodone or hydro 5mg or 7.5mg or 10mg/500mg acetimen or acetimeniphen.Now this is only if you take one pill so two pills would double the doses of both medicines,,, The only difference when u are prescribed Norco or hydrocodone it has less tylenol in each pill which is 250mg. The reason norco is prescribed is to get less tylenol as it is very hard on your liver.
There is a certain amount of tylenol that is safe in 24hrs which is on the instructions of a tylenol or acetimenophen bottles. So if you are taking vicodin or norco u must keep track of the amount of tylenol or acetaminophen you are getting with it plus if any taken in a tylenol or acetimenophen pill as well as reading labels of all over the counter medicines because some have tylenol in them. For example,,migraine, some cold and sleep aides that contain tylenol and benadral. Actually it is the benadryl (the generic name diphenhydramine HCL) that helps u sleep because it is the only sedating antihistamine used for allergy symptoms so just get those so u will get less tylenol. I HOPE I MADE SENSE FOR U TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE. AS A CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT AS WELL AS A RN FOR 25 YEARS. JOANIE
I worked as a pharmacy technician for more than 2 years. Hydrocodone is a controlled pain releiver. Brand names are Norco, and Vicodin, among others. Norco, is typically accompanied with less acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol). Hydrocodone 5 milligrams accompanied by 325 milligrams of acetaminophen tends to be Norco which is also just a manufacturer, which has gained popularity by word of mouth due to common prescibing. 5 milligrams hydrocodone accompanied by 500 milligrams acetaminophen tends to be brand name Vicodin. Norco and Vicodin are just manufacturers of Hydrocodone. Your doctor may prescribe Norco, due to it having less acetaminophen in it (175 mg less) than Vicodin for a repeat prescription especially. Since acetaminophen is highly liver toxic.
Norco is the same as Vicodin. Vicodin, vicoden ES, Norco, Lorcet, Lortab, etc., are all brands of different doses of hydrocodone and acetaminophen combination.
The tablet your describing is Norco, 5mg hydrocodone and 325mg of Tylenol.
Branded drugs are more expensive because they’re newer, generally groundbreaking, and often for conditions that are difficult to treat. However, after a certain period of time, these same innovative medicines become a generic.
Your vicoden will most likely not be the brand unless you specifically request it from your Pharmacist. Your most likely getting one manufactured by a pharmaceutical company like Watson or mallinckrodt. This seems to be what's most misunderstood by people.
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