Darvocet Vs. Vicodin
Many people are unclear about the difference between Vicodin versus Darvocet. Although both are combination drugs that contain a narcotic with acetaminophen and have significant abuse potential, there are many differences between the products. Vicodin is considered a stronger painkiller and is a Schedule III controlled substance, while Darvocet is a Schedule IV controlled substance (meaning that Vicodin is more likely to be abused).
Darvocet Vs. Vicodin: The Similarities
In November 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdrew all medications that contain propoxyphene from the market. It has been determined that the risks of propoxyphene outweigh the possible benefits. In particular, the FDA was concerned about the drug's ability to cause serious changes in the heart rhythm, even at normal doses. Pharmacies will no longer sell this medication, and people who take it should stop and ask their healthcare provider for a more suitable pain medication.
Darvocet® (propoxyphene/acetaminophen) and Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) are both prescription pain medications. Both contain a narcotic (propoxyphene napsylate or hydrochloride bitartrate) in combination with acetaminophen (also known as APAP). Both are classified as controlled substances, which means they have significant abuse potential. They have similar side effects, drug interactions, and warnings and precautions.
Both Vicodin and Darvocet are available in generic form and are relatively inexpensive (in generic form). Both come in tablet form and are available in several different strengths.
Alcohol should be avoided (or, at the very least, limited) while taking either Vicodin or Darvocet. Both medications can be very dangerous in the case of overdose.
Darvocet Vs. Vicodin: The Differences
Vicodin is generally a stronger painkiller, compared to Darvocet (although some people may find Darvocet to work better, due to individual differences in how people react to medications). Darvocet is approved to treat mild to moderate pain, while Vicodin is approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.
Vicodin is a Schedule III controlled substance, while Darvocet is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means that Vicodin is more likely to be abused, compared with Darvocet. However, the prescribing rules for both medications are the same (a prescription for either is good only for a maximum of six months and limited to five refills).