Hydrocodone is a synthetic narcotic analgesic. Codeine is also a narcotic, but it is 4-8 times less effective than Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is more effective with less side effects than codeine. It has also demonstrated itself to be less expensive because it is a synthetic. Codeine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in opium, used in medicine as a cough suppressant and analgesic drug. This drug is extremely habit forming and can create as many problems as it may cure. The Hydocodoe is also habit forming, but because it is stronger, a smaller dose can be prescribed for a shorter amount of time, thus lowering the chances of addiction. Both are dangerous and should only be used under the care of a doctor.
Yes, it is proven through studies that hydrocodone is indeed stronger than codeine, about 12 times more powerful.