Originally Posted by bandit122
I am Curious about pain meds also, what is the difference Between a 10mg Methadone and Lorcet 10/650? I know the Methadone is Stronger, But was Wondering How they Compare to Controlling Pain. Thanks in Advance and Merry Christmas to all and Hope Your Hollidays are as Pain Free as They Can Be
There's alot of variables at play here.
Equinalgesic charts are used to guage relative potency of narcotics against one another (e.g. Morphine, Methadone, Hydrocodone, etc). The "standard" by which all these types of meds (opioids) are measured is Morphine, usually at 10mg. I've seen equinalgesic charts that put Lorcet 10mg (hydrocodone) pretty much equal to Morphine 10mg (morphine is the standard by which all others are measured). I've seen others that indicate Morphine to be superior to hydrocodone mg for mg.
Also, most equinalgesic charts put Morphine 10mg equal to Methadone 10mg. All things being equal, this would tend to make Methadone 10mg pretty much equal to Lorcet (hydrocodone) 10mg.
But there's much more to this than just relative potencies.
The medical community is learning quickly that methadone is much more potent than once thought, and alot of this has to do with a person's experience with opioids.
If a person has little to no experience taking opioids then they may find these meds relatively equal in controlling pain, with the exception that the methadone may last a bit longer. However, a person who is now or was at one time using opioids for pain control will find methadone to be more potent, possibly considerably more potent than Lorcet.
So, if you are new to opioids then the two meds may seem close in potency. Over time the methadone will perform better. If you are used to opioids the methadone should prove more potent. And the more methadone you take the more potent it becomes, not just in mg but cumulatively as well since the body stores it in it's tissues and it gets released over time.