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Is Vicodin or Darvocet Stronger?

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) is a prescription pain medication that contains a narcotic. Many people may wonder, "Is Vicodin or Darvocet stronger?"
 
Although both medications are classified as controlled substances (meaning they have significant abuse potential), Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is generally a stronger painkiller. 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).
 
(Click Darvocet Vs. Vicodin for more information on whether Vicodin or Darvocet is stronger and to learn more about the differences and similarities between the drugs.)
 
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