Tramadol vs. Percocet: Comparison for Pain Management
There are different pain medications available, and people often wonder what the differences are. Two commonly compared medicines are tramadol vs. Percocet. The following provides an overview of what each is, and also a comparison for pain management.
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- Some of the potential side effects of tramadol include congestion, sore throat, headache, flushing, itching, weakness, and seizures. Side effects of Percocet are similar to other opioids and can include low blood pressure and respiratory depression, gastric issues including constipation and confusion.
- Both tramadol and Percocet can lead to both mental and physical dependency, and both can also lead to withdrawal effects if you suddenly stop using them.
- Tramadol is available in several different forms including as a pill, extended release version, and a dissolving tablet. Percocet is only available as a pill and oral solution.
- Tramadol has more broad uses than Percocet including not just for acute pain, but also chronic pain and dental pain.
- Since Percocet contains acetaminophen which can cause liver damage, it’s not meant for people who drink or have liver issues.