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Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin Prescription Information

Just your average apothecary (pharmacist), feet firmly planted behind the pharmacy counter, whose mortar and pestle are hitched to a star.


The focus of this article will be on practical information. If you are a pharmacy or medical student hoping that this article will help you cram for your pharmacology exam, you may be disappointed. You will need to turn to your textbooks for information about the kinetics and mechanisms of these drugs.

I want to focus on real life, not the half-life. (Excuse the bad joke that probably only the students will get).

I will discuss each of these three drugs in depth and provide some of my advice and commentary. Below, you will find information on:

  1. Oxycontin
  2. Percocet
  3. Vicodin

But first, I want to talk about my reasons for writing about these specific drugs.

Why Write About These Drugs?

Maybe the title of this article seems a bit strange to you. For those who are only infrequently acquainted with pain, or who have never had to consider treatment with narcotics, these drugs may seem unimportant. Worse than that, they may conjure up thoughts about drug addiction and abuse, pharmacy robberies, and stolen prescription pads.