Why do some Dr.'s not want to perscribe Percocet but have no problem giving out Vicodin?
Percocet is more addictive if not taken as prescribed because it contains oxycodone which is a derivative of Morphine, along with Tylenol. Vicodin is not as strong-it contains hydrocodone bitartrate (less potent), along with Tylenol. Plus, the DEA is strongly cracking down on narcotic prescriptions.
Percocet is a schedule ii drug, while vicodin is a schedule iii only. Violating any related laws are much stricter for a sched ii vs. A sched ii. Also, sched ii drugs tend to be more highly addictive than sched iii’s...
And, having said this, people on the ‘street’ are more likely to abuse a schedule ii drug vs a sched iii. This may not be entirely true, but my experience has led me to believe this is true.
What i am saying is that, sched ii drugs tend to be stronger and therefore can provide better high’s to people that do abuse them. Also, most drugs that can be used intravenously are usually sched ii drugs.
Chemically speaking, the oxycodone found in Percocet is twice as strong as the hydrocodone found in Vicodin. Think of it as 10mg of Hydrocodone is equivalent to 5mg of Oxycodone. There are several strength of Percocet and Vicodin and it is difficult to compare them individually because the Tylenol present in each medication.
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