The Difference Between Hydrocodone and Oxycodone

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Both Hydrocodone (Zohydro ER, Vicodine) and Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet) are controlled substances and can be dangerous and addictive if they are not taken according to a doctor’s supervision. Both Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are powerful narcotics, prescribed to kill moderate to acute pain. The drugs can be used to treat arthritis, back pain, pain associated with cancer, and even dental pain. Oxycodone is considered to be a slightly more powerful painkiller and generally costs about twice as much as various versions of hydrocodone.

Both are addictive substances, and both are considered schedule II drugs by the federal government, or dangerous substances that are highly addictive tendencies. In most cases, when prescribed by a doctor, they are prescribed to be taken every 4 to 6 hours around the clock until the pain issue is addressed. The real differences lie in some side effects; some are different though many side effects are shared.

Shared Side Effects

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Dizziness
• Dry mouth
• Impaired judgement
• Pained breathing
• Itchiness
• Headache

Oxycodone Only Side Effects

• Sweatiness
• Fatigue

Hydrocodone Side Effects

• Drowsiness
• Stomach pain
• Severe constipation
• Muscle pain
• Swelling

On occasion there can be more severe side effects such as seizures, confusion or dementia and rapid heartbeats. In these cases a doctor must be consulted and immediate emergency care might be required.

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