Are Dicodin And Vicodin The Same Drug

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Asked by CURDMOR

Are Dicodin And Vicodin The Same Drug

WE are from the US but currently in France where my husband is being treated for throat cancer. The doctor here gave him Dicodin 60 mg when we asked for Vicodin 10. Is this the same? If not how many Dicodin 60 should I give to equal Vicodin 10? thanks

Answer

I'd like to correct an error in the previous answer. Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen -; not oxycodone. The rest of the answer is correct.

Besides being a different type of opioid medication, Dicodin is extended-release and Vicodin is immediate-release, which makes it more difficult to figure out a dose-by-dose comparison. Also, I haven't been able to find an equivalency chart, so I can't really tell you how they compare dosage-wise. But I agree with Cort, the doctor should know the appropriate dosage so it's best and safest to administer them exactly as prescribed.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards