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).
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