Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

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SleepyCharlie
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Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby SleepyCharlie » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:12 am

I have been taking 15 mg Vicodin daily at 8 pm for 9 years along with .25 of Mirapex to control retractable RLS. I wonder if it would be better to switch to oxycodone to avoid all of the acetominaphin in the Vicodin. Any advice? Or is a different opiate a better choice?

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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby Rustsmith » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:11 am

Yes, it would be better to avoid all that acetaminophen, which can be very hard on your liver. As for a different opioid, if the oxycodone in the Vicodin has been working, why switch? Methadone has a longer half life so that you don't have to take it as often, but it can generate some unpleasant stares at the pharmacy. The opioids tend to work equally on RLS, but each comes with a different set of potential side effects.
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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby curqlink » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:29 pm

Why not just switch to Norco? It has less acetaminophen than Vicodin.

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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby srgraves01 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:18 am

SleepyCharlie wrote:I have been taking 15 mg Vicodin daily at 8 pm for 9 years along with .25 of Mirapex to control retractable RLS. I wonder if it would be better to switch to oxycodone to avoid all of the acetominaphin in the Vicodin. Any advice? Or is a different opiate a better choice?


Acetaminophen when taken long term can also cause kidney damage. The problem with kidney damage is that the tests may not show that it is bad until it is really bad.

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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby QyX » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:25 pm

Yes, it would be best to avoid all Acetaminophen.

If you switch to Oxycodone, most likely you would require dose of approx. 10 mg of Oxycodone, maybe even less, which would be a fairly low dose.

When you have a doctor who is willing to prescribe Oxycodone, I would go for this option.

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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby leggo_my_legs » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:16 pm

I'm on oxycodone. Working very well. I take 5-10 mg.

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Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

Postby badnights » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:13 am

have been taking 15 mg Vicodin daily at 8 pm for 9 years along with .25 of Mirapex to control retractable RLS. I wonder if it would be better to switch to oxycodone to avoid all of the acetominaphin in the Vicodin
absolutely get something without acetominophen in it, as the others have said.
Have you been on pramipexole for 9 years as well? Did the dose go up in that time at all? If your dose has gone up and you think you're augmented, then you might want to consider the possibility that if you quit the DA, you might need even less opioid once the withdrawal was over? I'm not sure if it's worth messing with it, that would depend on your situation.

I use hydromorphone; not many doctors prescribe it, for some reason they all prefer oxycodone, but there seems to be no good reason for such a strong preference other than marketing. Either one would get rid of the acetominophen problem for you.
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