Can you help me with the conversion of Oxycodone IR (5mg tab) to Hydrocodone/Apap 10/325mg tab? How much Oxycodone will I have to take to make an equal dose in Hydrocodone?
7.5 mg of hydrocodone equals 5 mg of oxycodone. At least that's as close as you can get to equal analgesic dosage. Hydrocodone does metabolise into hydromorphone, which is what binds to the opiate receptors in the cns. Hydrocodone has no pharmacological action on its own. Oxycodone on the other hand, provides pharmacological action of its own. Oxycodone does metabolise into oxymorphone, but it is only a minor metabolite. Finally, as far as time release or whatever was brought up, neither the 5 mg formulation of oxycodone nor the 7.5 mg formulation of hydrocodone have a time release mechanism. If your going to take the time to answer questions, at least make sure your information is accurate.(sorry for the essay)
To answer your question yes I was prescribed the new ER hydrocodone after a neck surgery. I myself could not take it. Made me sick as a dog but I have a slight allergy to hydrocodone. It's unfortunate as I have heard awesome things about it. I would love to have been able to cut my pill amount per day. I mean it's not nearly what some are prescribed (4×15mg oxycodone per day which some days need less some an extra) I know it's an old post but if you are able to take I suggest trying it I'm praying one day to be pain free again . Good luck.
Dr. M, If you look up the proper conversions of each, hydromorphone (Oxycodone) 5 mg is equal in strength to about a 10 mg Hydrocodone tablet. The Aceteminethin (Tylenol) amt. Depends on whether it is a Norco, 10/325 etc... The 1st # corresponds to the mg of hydrocodone, & 2nd # the mg's of Tylenol...
Just look it up & convert it correctly & always check with your dr. Before switching meds...
A 10 mg Oxycodone (Percocet) is equal to 20 mg Hydrocodone (Norco). If they both have 325 APAP. Hydrocodone is for mild to moderate pain, Oxycodone is for moderate to severe pain. No matter how a patient responds to either medication, i.e. pain relief doesn't matter. Each patient responds differently. Providers may start a patient on Norco and if patient doesn't get enough pain relief, they could choose then to change to Percocet. It's the ladder most Providers follow.
So 10 mg of Percocet equals 20 mgs of Norco. I'm speaking of IR meds, not ER.
My last dosage of oxycodone was 20mg three times a day without APAP. I was originally on hydrocodone 8 years ago and gradually increased to this. I didn't realize it was causing rebound pain. I have now stopped it and am searching for alternative medicine. I wish you the very best! 20 years with occipital neuralgia! I wouldn't wish constant pain on anyone!
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