Often when a doctor prescribes strong painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone it can be met with some confusion, fear, and often misinformation due to various sources of internet information. These drugs perform in similar ways but each one has some benefits in performance over the other. Here’s what to know if your doctor prescribes you Oxycodone or Hydrocodone, and how to tell the difference between the two drugs. 

What Are Oxycodone And Hydrocodone?

Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are both prescription painkillers often prescribed after surgery or for any other type of intense pain relief. Both classified as Schedule II drugs, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone have an equally high potential for misuse.

Essentially, these two drugs work, as many opioids do, by blocking the brain’s pain receptors for you to feel some relief after a bone fracture or other type of surgery.

Though still prescribed very frequently, some doctors are pushing for a decreased use of these drugs because of their highly addictive qualities. Plus, in some cases where Oxycodone or Hydrocodone may have been prescribed, they were not necessary. Instead, ibuprofen or acetaminophen would have been able to take care of the pain. 

Is There A Difference Between Oxycodone And Hydrocodone?

Well, there is technically a difference in the makeup of these two drugs. For all intents and purposes they are used interchangeably. Some studies have suggested that Oxycodone can make you more drowsy, while Hydrocodone makes you more constipated, but for the most part, these drugs perform the same. The only major difference would be the delivery time. Certain types of Hydrocodone are designed to be released slowly into the body over time, prolonging the pain relief. This type of Hydrocodone is usually only used for long-term pain, however, and would not be prescribed for the short-term pain associated with surgery or a broken bone. 

Should I Be Concerned To Take Either Oxycodone Or Hydrocodone?

Both of these drugs have a high potential for addiction. Taken properly, there’s no need to worry about forming an addiction to either. What you should be concerned with is the effect either drug can have on you. With opioids, they can slow your heart rate and breathing. These drugs should not be taken in combination with any type of depressant. This is even more important if you have breathing problems such as Asthma. Make sure to talk with your doctor about all of the potential side effects beforehand.

What To Do If I Find Myself Misusing Either Of These Drugs?

If you find yourself taking the drugs when you are no longer in pain, you might be misusing them. If you feel you need more than normal to achieve the same effect, you might be misusing them. In either situation, you should contact a medical professional soon, particularly, one who understands opioid addiction.

Even the slightest misuse can spiral into a very serious addiction with these powerful drugs so if you think that you may be abusing them, do not hesitate to call the professionals at Fritz Clinic. Our proven methods of opioid treatment will help you end your dependency on these drugs. Let us help you get back to your happy, healthy, opioid-free self.