Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
160 Doctors are Online

Allergic to vicodin. Can I take percocet?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist
Practicing since : 1983
Answered : 1337 Questions
I am allergic to vicodin. Can I take percocet?
Posted Tue, 8 Oct 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Not advisable but I have suggestions.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for using Healthcare Magic.
Vicodin contains hydrocodone and paracetamol. Percocet contains oxycodone and paracetamol. They both contain opiates which are very similar. Therefore, I would advise you not to take Percocet.
However, some reactions to drugs are labelled as an allergic reaction when they are really a sensitivity to a side-effect in which case it can be easier to consider alternatives.
An allergy to paracetamol is very uncommon so I assume it is the opiate component that you have a problem with.
If you wish to consider an alternative then I would suggest Tramadol. This is suitable for moderate to severe pain but is a different chemical class to oxycodone and hydrocodone therefore an allergic reaction would be highly unlikely. Another alternative would be a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.
I hope this is of help to you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr K A Pottinger,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor