Tramadol vs. Vicodin How They Compare

Tramadol vs. Vicodin How They Compare

8.24.2017 | Brianna Morrison
Tramadol vs. Vicodin How They Compare

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It’s important that you l your doctor about underlying medical conditions and any other medications you use.

Both of these drugs can affect your driving, since they make you drowsy. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking them, until you know how you react to them.

If you have pain with fever, hydrocodone/acetaminophen is the more likely choice. Both of these drugs are available by prescription only, so your doctor will recommend one based on your symptoms and overall medical condition.

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Tramadol is also considered a controlled substance. Prescriptions can be called to pharmacies, but many health systems are now adopting more stringent guidelines on prescribing this drug.

This means you’ll need a higher dose to achieve the same pain relief. These medications should be taken with great care because they can become habit-forming. If you take either of these drugs for a long time, you may develop a tolerance to them.

Careful monitoring is recommended if you have cardiovascular disease or hypovolemia (a decrease in blood volume).

Some of them are: Tablets:. Hydrocodone/acetaminophen is also available in many forms and strengths.

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Don’t take extra acetaminophen with hydrocodone/acetaminophen medication. Excess acetaminophen can increase the risk to your liver, and will offer little additional pain relief.

Strengths now available range from 7.5 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen per 15 mL to 10 mg hydrocodone/325 mg per 15 mL. These have also been reformulated, to reduce the amount of acetaminophen in them.

Hydrocodone comes with a black box warning about the potential for abuse and misuse of this drug. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hydrocodone is associated with more drug abuse than any other opioid.

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The dose can then be adjusted as needed. Based on the nature and severity of your pain, and other factors, your doctor will decide on the initial dose. They may start with the lowest possible dose to minimize side effects.

These drugs should not be taken with tramadol:

l your doctor if you’re pregnant or nursing. These medications may be harmful to your developing baby and may pass through your breast milk.

Tramadol and hydrocodone/acetaminophen are prescription-strength pain relievers. Hydrocodone/acetaminophen can also help reduce fever. They’re also useful for treating pain associated with cancer and other chronic illnesses such as arthritis. Either of these medications may be prescribed following surgery or injury.

Read on to find out how they work, how they compare, and why you should take them with caution. Comparison.

Common side effects of hydrocodone/acetaminophen can include:

Common side effects of tramadol include:

Most of these side effects will lessen with time.

Serious side effects of hydrocodone/acetaminophen can include:

These are some of the drugs that interact with tramadol, but you may still be able to take them together. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs:.

You may experience mood changes, confusion, or hallucinations. If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical help. Opioid overdose can slow your breathing rate and ultimay lead to coma or death. Other serious complications include seizures, rapid heartbeat, and shallow breathing.

l your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you’re currently taking. Other medications that cause sleepiness, including cough or cold formulas, may contain ingredients that interact with opioids or increase the risk of sedation. Don’t drink alcohol when taking opioids. Choosing.

Oral solutions:. Strengths available range from 2.5 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen to 10 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen.

Get immediate medical attention (or call 911) if you experience these symptoms.

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Some may have dangerous interactions. Be sure to l your doctor about all medications and supplements you use.

Warnings. Side effects of both drugs are more likely or can be more intense, if you are a senior, if you have kidney or liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other chronic disease.

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Tramadol also acts like an antidepressant, prolonging the action of neurotransmitters associated with mood. Analgesics change the way your brain perceives pain. Both of these drugs are very effective in treating pain, but they can also be highly habit forming. Opioid analgesics, otherwise known as narcotics, are powerful medications.

Talk to your doctor before taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen if you are taking any of these drugs:. These are some of the drugs that interact with hydrocodone/acetaminophen, but you may still be able to take them together.

Most of these side effects will resolve within a few days.

These drugs should not be taken with hydrocodone/acetaminophen:

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Tramadol is available in a variety of forms, including:

l your doctor if you’ve had liver disease. Acetaminophen is associated with acute liver failure. Acetaminophen is also linked to rare, but potentially fatal, skin reactions. When taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen, be sure to check the labels of other drugs that may also contain acetaminophen. See your doctor immediay if you develop skin blisters or rash. Hydrocodone/acetaminophen has a black box warning about the dangers of acetaminophen, especially at high doses.

Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic. There are many generic brands of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, too. Acetaminophen is an analgesic (pain reliever) and an antipyretic (fever reducer). Vicodin is a brand name drug containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Side Effects. If you’re taking an extended-release capsule, be careful not to chew, split, or dissolve it. Usually, the extended-release capsule is taken once a day.

They’re often prescribed for short-term use following medical procedures or injuries. Tramadol and hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin) are powerful pain relievers that can be prescribed when over-the-counter medications don’t provide sufficient relief.

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More serious side effects of tramadol can include:

Your doctor can help you taper off the drug slowly, which can help prevent withdrawal. If you become dependent on opioids, you may have symptoms of withdrawal when you stop. You’re more likely to become dependent if you have a prior history of substance abuse.

The following adverse effects are possible with both tramadol and hydrocodone/acetaminophen. If you develop swelling of the tongue or throat, you may be having an allergic reaction to the medication. Opioids should be used with caution if you have:.

Get immediate medical attention (or call 911) if you experience these symptoms.

Opioids can make it hard to urinate, especially for men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

You may have to take the medication several times a day at regular intervals. The medications work better if they are taken before the pain gets unbearable.

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Due to the potential for overdose and abuse, in 2014 all hydrocodone products were moved to a new category by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They now require a written prescription, which you must obtain from your doctor and take to the pharmacy.

Another medication, Ultracet, is a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen. Tramadol has two different actions in the body. It is an opioid analgesic, which means that it attaches to receptors in your brain to change your perception of pain. Tramadol is available under several brand names, including ConZip, Rybix ODT, and Ultram. It also works like an antidepressant, prolonging the actions of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.

Hydrocodone/acetaminophen has several drug interactions. l your doctor about all drugs and supplements you take, before you start taking the medication.

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All hydrocodone/acetaminophen tablets now have limited amounts of acetaminophen in them. Too much acetaminophen can lead to liver damage.

l your doctor about all drugs and supplements you take, before you start taking tramadol. Tramadol has several drug interactions.