This answer is addressed to Patty, who asked some questions in her answer to this question.
No, it's not safe to say that Vicodin is safer than Percocet for long-term use. Although Vicodin is not quite as strong as Percocet, both are opioids (narcotics) and need to be taken very carefully and only as prescribed. When taken as prescribed, they can be reasonably safe on a long-term basis, but if they are abused by taking too many, too often, or with certain other medications, they can be extremely dangerous.
Darvocet is most definitely a narcotic. It is a combination of propoxyphene napsylate (the narcotic portion) and acetaminophen. It should not be taken with either Vicodin or Percocet unless specifically directed by your doctor. There are two primary dangers in mixing these drugs:
1) The most immediate danger is respiratory depression from too much of the narcotics. With respiratory depression, you fall asleep and simply stop breathing. This is what generally happens in accidental overdoses.
2) Both drugs contain acetaminophen. Too much acetaminophen can seriously damage your liver.
Hi ' Percocet is much / much stronger than the other 2
medications mentioned! I have been on all three at one time or another
in my life and the Percocet was a lot better killing my pain
Also just to add if you can get oxycodone 5mg which is what
I now take it is much betterand not as messed up with all the
tylenol as the others are ! I agree with Karen Richards above
because she is a very nice and informed lady!! Oxycodone
is the pain med in percocet by the way. Take care always ' Bill Maraggos
Hi ' You have some pains that are a bit unusual?my
pain is from severe gout I mean severe! and crushed
vertebraes # 11 and 12 so i do know what terrible pain
is all about.My pain got so bad that i even went to methadone
and was taking 120 mg a day and coming off it was hell on
Earth . IT was a terrible withdrawal and I was on it 12 years
and finally got off it 3 years ago. Do NOT try it! Worst mistake
I made / now I am on 30 mg oxycodone a day plus 6 mg xanax
a day and it does work for me well i do not understand the tylenol
with codeine that you are presribed because it is not worth squat
in my opinion and is probably causing more problems than it is
helping! I think the oxycodone is the best way to go by far
at least for me it is
and I hope that you have some relief soon because my heart
feels for you!! as you can read I have been tried on many different
meds and this combo works well for me!
GOOD LUCK and My prayers
are with you. take care always' Bill
Of course Percocet is stronger than Vicodin. I have a torn disc in my back and some hernated discs. and disc disease. Ive been taking 4 percocets aday for 3 years now and I wish I never started. I was in sooo much pain I knew it was risky but Ineeded relief. Percocet is reliefing the pain but Im not the same person. I dont do much anymore. I let things go. Im withdrawing from some family members. I just dont like taking medicine when Im visiting my family so I dont go very much.Im thinking about going into treatment this summer while Im off work because I cant take this the rest of my life. I dont think my body can handle another year.I just dont know what Im going to do about the pain.So anyway my advice would be stay away from both drugs because the withdraw is horrible and it takes along time to feel normal again. I know sometimes ,like me the pain is to bad.
THE STRONGER OF THE TWO IS , PERCOCET . I HAVE USED BOTH AND THE
HYDRO IS TOO WEAK . I WOULD GLADLY THROW IT ALL DOWN THE DRAIN IF I COULD USE MY LEGS AND SPINE IN A NORMAL FASHION FOR A FEW HOURS A DAY WITHOUT IT . IT MAKES ME SICK HOW STRONG I USED TO BE AND IN TWO YEARS I'M TRASHED . I AM BLESSED WITH MY WIFE AND KIDS AND MY LORD JESUS . JUST WISH I COULD GET SOKME KINDA HELP OTHER THAN NO . HOW DO
I GET A DISABILITY RATING ? I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH QUARTERS IN
I also have severe degenerative disc disease, herniated disc and compression fractures and have found relief with cymbalta. I also take a percocet and flexiril at night to help sleep. I stretch my back every night and find that massages, even though the are painful help relax the muscles which allows me to do more than I used to. I hate it when i have a flare up and have to go in for shots or stronger meds. I feel that they think I am just there for drugs. If they only knew how much I hate taking narcotics and how severe the pain is. I live with pain everyday but it seems to be more manageable since I have been on cymbalta.
I myself prefer hydrocdone over percocet.The fact being that a percocet side effect is itching,and the only one i have with hydrocodone is within an hour after taking it ,i get a bit lightheaded and it goes away.Yes oxys are stronger by far,but hydrocodone is the way to go for pain,as far. as i am concerned.
I have most of the conditions the rest of you have, plus crohns disese and CRPS. At one point I could not walk for more than 2 yrs and have more than 18 surgical procedures to get back on feet again. I used both vicodin and percocet--not at the same time--but alternate because of the side effects I take these meds spiringly as addition pain relief to wering a fetanylt pain patch, which has been the only relief to get me on my reet and fubctional again. Also, if yu can afford it--look into stem cell injections. the stem cell injections were better than surgery for correcting physical distruction of bone, tendons, nerves, and muscle. The foot and ankle with stem cells is almost as good as new with much less pain than the foot and ankle that was surgically put back together. And final note--vicodin is stronger--both have horrible side effects
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