• Tonio Larabi Tonio Larabi
    September 21, 2009
    Oxycontin versus Oxycodone
    Tonio Larabi Tonio Larabi
    September 21, 2009

    On your web site, if one chooses to know more information about "Oxycontin", why does Oxycodone also appear? In my experience, their effects are very different.

     

    They MUST be different, as they have different names.

     

    Thanks. TonioLarabi, MS, MPH

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    September 22, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    September 21, 2009

    OxyContin is the extended-release version of oxycodone.  They're the same drug.  OxyContin is just in a form that releases more slowly and so lasts longer. 

    • Tonio Larabi
      September 22, 2009
      Tonio Larabi
      September 22, 2009

      Thank you so much for the clarification. My mother was prescribed Oxycodone and this is very helpful to understand, as the oxycodone is short-acting. She needs something that is an ER, to improve her quality of life and not constantly having to "pop" pills. Thank you again!

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    • donnymg
      October 28, 2009
      donnymg
      October 28, 2009

      If your mother is experiencing chronic pain and the oxycodone isnt doing the job try the er Oxycontin and if that is still not enough to properly treat her pain try administering opana er. However be very careful because opana er is around 4 to 5 times stronger than oxycontin per milligram. Ex. 40mg of oxycodone is equivilant to 10mg's of opana er.

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  • BobinmidMO March 05, 2010
    BobinmidMO
    September 21, 2009

    Guess the first difference is the price.  OxyCodone is a whole lot cheaper than OxyContin.  My current script for OxyContin costs $880 a month.  Regarding the difference in which works better, while I've been told they're the same, I think that the pain is managed a bit better with OxyContin, and so while I have a much higher monthly cost, that's the one I go with.

     

    Regarding side effects, on my list is no appitite (ever), constipation at a level that's cruel, some itching and dry mouth that makes Codine look like childs play.  I can set a clock as fas as dry mouth goes and when it will hit.  Is it worth it?  When the pain is as bad as what we're experiencing, I'm sorry to admit that I'd drink kitty pee just to get the pain to ease up.  See, I do understand pain, and I understand you.   Please take care, Bob.

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  • Ducky March 04, 2010
    Ducky
    September 21, 2009

    They are, oxycontin is a extended release similar to morphine.

    Oxycodone is Percocet. 

    U can read about both at rx.com

    hope this helps you.

     

    I take both of them.

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