Are Vicodin And Hydrocodone The Same Drug

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Nuts Says:


I suffer from chronic back pain. When I take Vicodin I seem to get quicker relief than when I take the same dosage of Hydrocodone. My doctor says there is no difference between the two pills Is it all in my head



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Nuts! How are you? Sorry about the problem that you're having.

There can be slight fluctuations in the amount of the active ingredient in some generic medications. For most people, the difference is therapeutically insignificant, but some are sensitive to any change and may experience problems or ineffectiveness.

So yes, they are the same, but there may be enough of a difference to prevent it from working well for you.

Learn more Vicodin details here.

You could try asking your doctor to write your prescription so the pharmacy has to provide you with the brand name.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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BringBackZima Says:

It is NOT "all in your head." I see posts all over the internet saying that Vicodin and Hydrocodone are the same. THEY ARE NOT. The differences may in fact be undetectable by most, however, if you are SENSITIVE TO VICODIN, like I am, the therapeutic difference is IMMENSE. Not only does Vicodin NOT alleviate my pain, it makes me so nauseous that I can't wait for it to wear off so I can just be in pain. On the other hand, Tylonol with Codeine, or hydrocodone, does not make me feel sick AND it takes away the pain. HUGE difference!
If you feel like the Vicodin works better or faster for you, than it probably does. It's definitely not the same for everybody, and YOU ARE NOT CRAZY.
Besides, doctors will always tell you there is no difference between name brand and generic drugs. I know this is not true because my body will react differently to each, even when I do not realize it's changed.

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