I Take 2.5mg Of Methadone Twice A Day For Chronic Pain. My Sister Takes Percoset 10mg Four Times A Day. How Do These Compare? Thanks.

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I Take 2.5mg Of Methadone Twice A Day For Chronic Pain. My Sister Takes Percoset 10mg Four Times A Day. How Do These Compare? Thanks.

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According to one pain drug chart methadone is about 3-4 times stronger than morphine and oxycodone (the drug in percocet) is 1-2 times stronger; ie methadone is 2-4 times stronger than percocet. Methadone's bioavailability - the amount of it that actually effects your system - appears to be lower than oxycodone, so that might bump your dosage a bit.

You're taking 5 mgs/day. If it takes 2-4 times as much Percocet to equal a dose of methadone - you would need to take from 10-20 mgs a day to equal your dose of methadone . Your sister is taking 40 mgs/day - so it appears that she is taking more pain reliever. Remember, though, that some people are more sensitive to opioid pain drugs than others - so you can't clearly determine from a persons dosage how much pain they are in.

Check out this pain drug comparison chart for more information.