Percocet vs. Vicodin
Percocet and Vicodin are both narcotic pain killers that are only available through a doctor's prescription. They are habit-forming and dangerous if abused. Percocet is mainly prescribed for moderate to severe short-term pain, whereas Vicodin is mainly prescribed for chronic pain and can also control an extreme cough.
Percocet contains acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is used to control pain and is stronger than over-the-counter pain relievers. A common use for Percocet is post-surgical pain. Its side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. It is considered highly addictive and is a Schedule II controlled substance.
Vicodin, on the other hand, contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone. It is used to control pain over an extended period of time, as in the case of chronic illnesses. Its side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, and mood changes. It is considered addictive and is a Schedule III controlled substance.
Both drugs are fairly well-known as addictive painkillers, but their subtle differences are not as well-known. Therefore, the terms might be used interchangeably in a generic sense by those who are unfamiliar with their differences
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