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Wednesday, December 03, 2008 sylsip, Community Member, asks

Q: Which prescription drug is closest to Oxycontin/oxycodone?

I have chronic back pain as well as Fibromyalgia. I also have asthma and sleep apnea. I have been using oxycontin 20 mg. and flexeril for several years. I am presently disabled.
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Dean, Community Member
1/28/09 8:39pm

The Oxycontin should be working well for you. It is time released and is the best drug available for chronic pain. You are probably having more side affects from the Flexeril. Flexeril is a muscle relaxer. It will make you tired and groggy.


I have sleep apnea as well and use a CPAP and take Oxycontin 20 mg. a day for my shoulders and back. I take a Percocet 5/325 for breakthrough pain if needed. I have taken Flexeril in the past and have experienced the side effects I mentioned as well as insomnia. It is not a good combination with the Oxycontin and is hard on the liver.


You should discuss some options to Flexeril with your doctor.

Cheryl, Community Member
12/ 3/08 10:50am

Try Tridural - once a day, time released pill for moderate to extreme pain.  My husband says it works for his shoulder better then anything else he has tried. Beware makes you tried.

quintin hunt, Community Member
12/ 3/08 3:53pm

try metahdone.

angelflutter, Community Member
12/ 7/08 8:13pm

Hydrocodone / APAP    ( Lortab 7.5 / 500 ) is the closest thing that I have found to Oxycontin.    Vicodin is also a generic name as well for Lortab.

angelflutter, Community Member
12/ 7/08 8:17pm

If I remember correctly,  the Hydrocodone has Acetaminophen ( Tylenol ) in it and the Oxycodone has Aspirin in it.  I think that is the only difference between the two. The main ingredient (  " The dope' )  is the same in both medications.  Hope this helped you.  : )

dolatar, Community Member
11/26/09 4:04pm

repling to answer hydrocodone is asprin hydrocodone asap is acetaminophen and oxy is an oppate.

starryeyed, Community Member
1/22/09 5:02pm

I would love an answer to this also,  I have chronic neck and back pain and fibro as well and some other issues and am looking for something over counter to give body a break from regular meds.  What is a good pain killer with out alot of heavy side effects.Thank you


xxxx, Community Member
2/25/09 1:42pm

To angel: You are quite wrong in that answer, I just had to point it out so people arent being misinformed here. Hydrocodone (ie Vicodin, Lortab, Norco etc) and Oxycodone (ie Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone etc) are DIFFERENT drugs. They are similar drugs, both being semi-synthetic opiates derived from Codine just as Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana) are derived from Morphine.


As for the Acetamenifen (Tylenol) and/or Asprin content - there are a variety of compounds and different forms of both of these medications. For example, Vicodin is Hydrocodone/Acetamenifen with a 5mg/500mg content respectivly, Vicodin ES 7.5mg/750mg, as well as other combinations of 2.5-5-7.5-10/325-500-750 under various names. They also make a Hydrocodone/Ibuprofen (7.5/200) under the brand Vicoprofen, as well as various cough syrup preperations. Hydrocodone is NOT available in the us as a stand alone medication. Oxycodone on the other hand is, in a immediate release form Roxicodone (5mg, 15mg & 30mg) and as a time release form OxyContin in various strengths from 10mg-160mg to be release over a 8-12hr period. And of course Oxycodone as well had various compound preperations, the most common being Percocet (5/325 or 10/325 of Oxycodone and Acetamenifen) and Percodan, which contains Asprin.

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By sylsip, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/09/14, First Published: 12/03/08