I've had both (both 10mg) and it seems to me that the Percocet is stronger. I know they are in the same drug "class", but has anyone else experienced this?
Yes! As a matter of fact I have. Vicodin is good, don't get me wrong, but when it comes to my pinched nerve and arthritis, nothing does the trick like Percocet. When you say that the drugs are in the same drug class, I think you mean because they are both "Narcotic" opiod pain relievers. The FDA or United States has a Controlled Substance class, 1-5. 1 being illegal drugs that have no medicinal use (even though some states consider marijuana medicinal, the Federal government doesn't. The 2nd is the highest, most potent, most habit forming medications. The 2nd class includes Adderall, Morphine, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, and Percocet, along with others. The 3rd class includes Xanax and Vicodin. The 4th class contains Lyrica. And finally, the 5th class includes Darvocet.
So your body is right when it comes to getting more relief from the Percocet :) Hope this helps!
Here is some more information from WiseGeek.com
Under the CSA, a controlled substance falls into one of five schedules, depending on how addictive it is. Drugs are also grouped in five classes: narcotics, depressants, stimulants, anabolic steroids, and hallucinogens are all regulated under the CSA. The DEA also monitors the growth, sale, and use of Cannabis sativa, or marijuana. When a new drug is released on the market, part of the testing involves a determination of how potentially addictive it is, so that it can be classified and regulated under the CSA, if necessary. A drug which is listed as a controlled substance has to be handled with care in a clinical environment, and usually requires a prescription for use outside a clinic.
The schedule that a controlled substance falls into depends upon how addictive it is. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs which the DEA has determined have no valid medical use, in addition to a high potential for addiction. Examples include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and many other hallucinogens. A schedule II drug is a drug with a high potential for addiction, but a valid medical use, such as some opiates, methadone, morphine, and amphetamine. A schedule III controlled substance has a low to moderate potential for drug addiction, and this category includes combined narcotics such as Tylenol-Codeine, along with steroids. Schedule IV drugs have a much lower addiction potential relative to the other schedules, and include benzodiazepines and mild narcotics. At the bottom of the scale, a schedule V controlled substance has the lowest potential for addiction.
The narcotics class of controlled substances primarily includes opiates. These drugs are used for therapeutic pain relief, but many also have a high potential for addiction. Most are schedule II or III drugs, due to the risk of addiction, and they are heavily regulated by the government. The next class, depressants, is used to relieve tension, address sleep issues, and provide sedation. Depressants can be extremely hazardous to the health, as many also have effects on the central nervous system. Barbiturates and benzodiazepines are both considered depressants.
The most simple way to answer this is: 7.5 mg of Vicodin is equal to 5mg of Percocet, as far as pain relieving qualities. It's an opioid pain pill,however, it's a little lower on the scale for effective pain relief. Vicodin is more for mild to moderate pain, Percocet is more for moderate to severe. I hope you find this helpful :)
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