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vicoden doesn't work as well as percocet...???

BarbF01BBarbF01 Posts: 124
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Pain Medications
I was recently given vicoden (yet again) to try to help me w/ the pain, and until my 07/13 appt. w/ my spine/Ortho. Doc. My primoary was hesitant to give me percs (even though I've had both vic and perc b/c of my cervical spine fusion), but she wanted to try vicoden 1st. Any idea why, when I even told her that it didn't work as well for me once Id been taking it for a while(again, before my neck surgery..and I haven't been on it since then).


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Percocet has a higher incidence of abuse as it is a short acting Oxycodone ... I beleive it is schedule II and requires a new script for each renewal ... Vicodin is schedule III and can be called in - refilled over the phone. I have been on both - either for extended periods of time .... and actually find that that Norco 10/325 does a better job (presently) for me .... I have both - either available.

    Many times it all just comes down to how your body reacts to the different med. I have had percocet work better in the past ... I have changed over to Percocet again and am getting less relief than my handfulls of Norco (vicodin)... i will be probably heading back to Norco.

    I feel like a pharmacutial volleyball. Not fun.

    Good luck at reduced pain with you recovery ... I hope it is all that you desired it to be and stabilze!!

    Your fellow "neckie",

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  • One thing you might want to look at is the amount of tyelnol product that is in each one. I myself don't do vicodin at all just percocet but has more to do with the other making me so sick to my stomach. Honestly when I first started this mess I had no understanding which was stronger only that the vicodin made me sick and wanted nothing to do with it and would rather be in pain that sick. I was given some vicodin again back in 07 following ankle surgery for the ride home and I was sick all evening from it. So now i make it clear I won't take it for that reason, only. I also get my percocet in two different doses so I can take less in a day if the day warrants it.

    But you will have to work with your doctor on what best controls your pain. If you have been away from them for awhile then it is understandable they may start light then move up. If they don't help just be sure to have your pain some what journal so your not just asking for a specific drug and show you have paid attention to how the med works for you.
  • I'm exactly opposite of tamtam. Percocets make me sick to my stomach. I've been taking Norco 10/325 for almost two years now and still get the relief I need from them with no bad side effects. After my TLIF, my doc gave me some 10mg and 5mg percocets and after I took a 10mg, I threw up. That wasn't any fun. So I tried the 5mg and I just didn't get the pain relief I needed, so I went back to Norco and am still on that.

    I agree that it simply varies from person to person. Once you find the med that works best for you, there's no reason to change, although what Dave said could very well be true. Docs have an aversion to prescribing sched. II meds for an extended period of time.

    Good luck in finding and keeping what works for you. I hope your doc will work with you to keep your pain levels down.

    Please keep us posted.
  • Ive never heard of norco..... Guess its good thing that Im not well versed in all types of pain meds. My Husband often laughs at me, as I started out w/ no tolerance for any kind of pain meds, and now I can tell you how each one works (or deosn't) for me. I know that he tries to be helpful by letting me sleep when I get home from work, and not waking me home when he gets home...but I had to ask him to wake me up. Im awake tonight b/c I forgot to set the alarm and slept for 3+ hours late afternoon. He was trying to be nice and let me get some soild sleep in (as I don't sleep much anymore), but now I can't sleep tonight, and I have meetings starting at 9am tomm. morrning. Oh well... :)
  • I have read that 10 mg of Hydrocodone, which is what is in the strongest available (Norco, for example), is equivalent to about 7 mg of Oxycodone. Not sure if that's correct.

    But that said, we're all different in how we react. And I also don't tolerate oxy very well.

    But rather than just thinking in terms of "Perc" and "Vic" you should know what strength you are taking. Norco is Hydrocodone 10 mg and Tylenol 375 mg. Vicodin is often Hydrocodone 5 mg and Tylenol 500 mg bit can vary. Percocet comes in many strengths. You can't compare without knowing exactly what you are taking. Always know what you are putting in your body!
  • Sometimes we have to go along with what the doctor wants to try, despite already knowing what does or doesn't help. Once this trial period is over then hopefully your doctor will see for himself and may switch the Vicodin to Percocet. It also may be that he does not like to prescribe Percocet.

    When I first hurt my lower back, I was given Percocets by my family doctor. Later on I went to a specialist and I was given Norco instead. For me, I think that the Norco lasts longer than the Percocets, but the Percocets are much stronger. Take care

  • My doc gave me 5/325 Percocettes because Vicodin, (2) 5/500 wasn't strong enough anymore. I thought it really odd that Perc was like taking "nothing" in comparison. Always thought it was supposed to be so strong. I tried it for the daily pain to make sure it'd work for the breakthrough...got nothing. That kind of scared me.

    I was given Fentanyl (25mg) to take with the vicodin. It's better but lacking. Back to the drawing board...

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    doctor prescribes a given medication. If that medication is not doing well for you, makes you sick, etc, then you need to discuss it with the doctor.

    I strongly suggest that you view Spine-Healths
    Medication 101

    That can be used as a starting point to better understand the different medications. Then you should use the internet to get details about any medication.

    What has been said about how different people react differently to medications is so true
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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