I know this thread is a bit old so I do not know if any of you will get this. However going to try as it seems there is some confusion as to the meds mentioned above. I AM NOT A DOCTOR EITHER.............just VERY experienced in pain management and have educated myself on all of the meds mentioned. Here goes and I hope it benefits someone.
First and foremost I have been in pain to some degree since hurting my back over twenty years ago. Being in labor intensive jobs all my life sped up the process that the injury started. about 10 years ago I started to have debilitating pain that would put me down for weeks at a time. I carried on like this on meds until I finally could not take it anymore and opted for a lamenectomy on l4-l5 and s1. This worked for about 2 months or so and my pain came back with a vengance. I then had a fusion done at the same levels with hardware and rods and all that good stuff. This lasted for about 6 months or so and the cause they think is scar tissue which was the main reason the first sugery went south on me. With this said I have been on every drug known to man for pain management and also been in every kind of thereapy every devised for the same.
Oxycontin is nothing more than a time released Percocet. They are both Oxycodone and one is the full monty all at once and the other is timed released over the course of a day. The only thing that seperates the strength is the dosage and strength of them. Morphine is given orally for a longer lasting effect that help keep pain levels low and the oxycodone is usually given for what they call Breakthrough pain. Morphine in and of itself is stronger than oxycodone.....in injection form. The oral is rarely that strong and the effects are not as powerful as injections.
To sum it up..........vicoden is Hydrocodone............low.............Percocet, percodan, oycontin and the like are Oxydondone medium to high...... and then the biggy.........Dilaudid and the like are Hydromorphone...........that is the best you will get for pain releif.
I hope I helped anyway, and again do not mean to sound like I know it all but this aint my first rodeo as they say. Oxy by the way is abused a lot, however they crush it and snort it to get the full effect right from jump. Percs give you that anyway so if anything Percs are better for a high for a drug seeker abuser. It is like Pitbulls.......they got a bad rap for a FEW instances in the grand scheme of things...........well so did oxycontin. Good luck all!!!!!!!!!!!!