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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between vicodin and percocet?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Yes: Vicodin is a class 3 narcotic made from hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Percocet is a class 2 narcotic made from oxycodone and acetaminophen. Both are derivative of opiates. They both work by blocking pain receptors in the central nervous system.
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Dr. Sandra Weitz
Anesthesiology 34 years experience
Yes: Percocet is oxycodone with tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) vicodin is hydrocodone with tylenol (acetaminophen). Both are narcotics and relieve pain but are different chemicals.
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Dr. Gregg Diamond
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen(telenol) and is a potent pain reliever and a schedule 3 drug. Percocet is a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen(tylenol), is generally a stronger analgesic and in most states is a schedule 2 drug and requires additional safety measures to be prescribed.
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Drug schedules are federal, not state
Aug 22, 2012
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosage: In addition tto the hydrocodone/oxycodone distinction already discussed, vicodin has more tylenol (acetaminophen) (750mg) than either variety of Percocet (325 or 650mg). As chronic pain pateints should avoid exceeding 2gm of tylenol (acetaminophen) per daqy, it is best to chose medication with as little tylenol (acetaminophen) as possible.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between vicodin and percocet?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Vicodin v percocet: They are different molecules. Generally speaking oxycodone seems to be a more potent opioid than hydrocodone and therefore stronger.
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