The differences between a pill and a patch are quite big. Yes, both are used for pain control, however there are quite a few large differences between the two.
The pills are "short acting" meaning - they are not going to work around the clock. Which means if you are in bad pain all morning and take the pain medication - it's going to kick in a short time, however it's not going to last for 8 hours. So if you are allowed 3 of the percocets a day your pain is not going to be covered all day long. The idea of the patches is that you get a steady stream of pain medication around the clock... meaning that you can't take a pill to get high from it. The patches don't work that way. You do have to be careful with the patches though as things like extreme heat, very hot showers and such can cause it to dispense more medication than you are supposed to. The reason that the pills are considered more addictive is that you can take 3 at a time... which can give you a high, whereas the patch gives you consistent amounts throughout the day.
I hope some of that helps. I saw on another thread that you want to get off of the pain medication... if you still want to - then you need to discuss this with your doctor, and he can help you get off of it.
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