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Hi there. Lortab is a combination medication that includes hydrocodone (also found in norco) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Percocet has oxycodone and acetaminophen. They are both narcotic analgesics.
Today, both hydrocodone and oxycodone are schedule II drugs. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for being abused, and may lead to addiction, withdrawal problems, etc, if used in excess.
While both are comparable pain killers, at least one study found that the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen was 1.5 times more potent than hydrocodone with acetaminophen when taken at equal doses.
If the lortab does not provide sufficient analgesia for you to sleep well, ask your doctor for a sleeping aid to use until your pain from the surgery subsides. Going back on the trazodone, which is sedating and often used for sleep, may help you to sleep sounder and longer. As an alternative, low dose ambien can be very helpful short term to help one fall asleep more readily and maintain a normal sleep/wake cycle.