Knowing the difference between the drugs you take and the drugs that can be prescribed to you are two different things. The most prescribed and abused drug on the market is Vicodin. This drug comes in the strength of 5 mg of hydrocodone and 500 mg of acetaminophen. There is an eight-tablet rule and there is also heavy monitoring needed by a doctor who has a patient who is on this drug. It’s one of the more addictive drugs. Its potential for abuse is greater than other drugs because while it is a narcotic, the rules for obtaining the narcotic are easy to understand. It is used to treat moderate and break through pain in patients.
Lorcet Plus is a less often prescribed drug whereas Vicodin, its sister drug, is very often prescribed. Lorcet Plus is made of 7.5 mg of Vicodin and 650 mg of acetaminophen. This is one of the heavier drugs on the market, and its potential for addiction is very high. Doctors rarely prescribe this level of painkiller; they would normally just move to a schedule II narcotic if the pain was that intense.
Vicodin ES is something that is prescribed regularly for moderate to severe pain. It is given often to patients who have not responded to treatments from regular Vicodin or narcotics treatments. It’s a combo drug of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It’s 7.5/750. Certainly the Tylenol rule is in effect there and limited due to the amount of Tylenol contained in one dosage.
Norco is one of the most commonly prescribed pain killers and is often prescribed after mild dental procedures or to women after discharge from the hospital after delivering a baby. This is tends to be widely prescribed because the amount of Vicodin is usually very high but the amount of Tylenol is a lower dosage so it is a little safer on the patient’s liver.