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Difference Between Oxycontin and Oxycodone

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A number of people wonder if there is a difference between oxycontin and oxycodone. Are they the same medicines? Is oxycodone just a generic name for oxycontin? We’ll address these questions and other differences between the two:

  • Oxycodone hydrochloride is an opioid painkiller. It can be found in a number of prescription medications. When it is available by itself, it is available in the form of oxycontin. Oxycodone is also found in combination with other ingredients on a number of prescription medications e.g. Percocet.
  • The main difference between the two relates to the onset of action. Oxycontin is a time released drug. This means that it acts over a period of time. Usually, oxycodone medications need to be taken every four to six hours. However, Oxycontin continues acting for at least 12 hours. That is why it needs to be taken only twice a day.
  • You may come across certain articles that categorize oxycodone as a generic name for oxycontin because it is the active substance in the medication. However, it would be incorrect to say that because oxycodone is an active ingredient in other medications also. Most experts prefer calling oxycontin ‘oxycodone extended release’.
  • The two medications are prepared in a different manner. Though oxycontin contains more of oxycodone, it is also prepared in a manner that releases the medication gradually into the blood. So, even though the dosage is large, it is released slowly into the blood stream. Oxycodone is often used together with other chemicals in other medications like Percocet.
  • The dangers of over dosage in oxycontin are more pronounced. Since the amount of oxycodone is large, lack of a sustained release may have severe effects on the patient. This is especially true for first time users. The danger becomes more apparent in the case of addicts who break open the capsule and snort it in.
  • A common problem with quick acting painkillers is that they become nearly ineffective within a few hours. The action peaks within a few minutes, but falls within a few hours. Oxycontin aims at doing away with this problem by going for a sustained release.

Summary:
1. Oxycontin is time released oxycodone. It is pure oxycodone, without anything added.
2. Oxycodone may remain effective for around 6 hours. However, oxycontin remains effective for around twelve hours also. This is because the medication is slowly released into the body.
3. Oxycodone may contain other chemicals like Tylenol, which may induce vomiting in a person if taken in large amounts. However, since oxycontin does not contain this chemical, it becomes more of a danger if taken in large amounts.
4. Oxycontin should never be broken up and taken in. It may cause severe and fatal after effects if taken in this manner.
5. There is no reduction in the efficacy of oxycontin during the entire time.


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  1. I feel for all of you that have found yourselves on the oxy merry-go-round. I too was caught and thank God I found the strength to get off. I am currently taking Suboxone as a step down process and am doing extremely well now. I can’t believe how much better I feel. God bless and my prayers go out to all!!!

    • Good you are now on a “new merry go round” with a drug that has very limited “long term data” and has been shown in many studies to cause cancer, parkinsons disease, and alzheimers disease just to name a few. But hey if it works for you that’s all that matters right.

      • I don’t know if all that’s true all I know for sure is I can bathe again without crying and screaming throughout the whole shower

  2. I was in a car accident real bad one had to be cut out of car & a few other things have caused me chronic severe back pain & i then had bacterial meningitis & then was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple

    sclerosis & alot of problems with my m/s including pain in my lower legs this pain is unbearable with out meds , i am not a smoker or drinker i

    also do not have an addictive personality i am not a drug abuser b4 meds or currently . i go through a pain management dr a very conservative 1,

    i also do my best to not let any one new in my life no i take meds sm people i no in the past wld constantly ask for them till i said do not ask again if u need them go to a dr im not a pharmacy , i have ben on meds

    for 12 1/2 years it started with hydrocodone , then 10 mg oxycontin pain dr at the time told my pcp dr to gradually increase it & he didnt need to see me any more so by the 5 years i was on 80 mg 2x a day of

    oxycontin so 160 a day worked great , i changed drs thankfully & he wrote this for me for a few months & then 1 month insurance wld not cover it , so my pcp dr said the only equivalent wld be 100 mg of

    morphine 4x a day so 400 mg a day the only difference to me was oxy made me sleep more , morphine doesnt , i went to new pain

    management & had all the back injections all done again id had 3 epidurals b4 now i had 3 more epidurals & 4 sets of facets & 2 ris radio

    frequencey burning nerves in back none of it worked except the nerve burning worked great except only last 6 mon to 2yrs mayb about 10/12 months for me i want to do it again but my dr requires the facetts be done

    again they dont work & were the most painful he requires u to be awake on all procedures after doing all these he started managing my meds & decreased my morphine to 100 3x day then 80 3x now im at 60 mg 3x

    day & i was on hydrocondone 10/325′s 4x day for break thru pain i was reduced to 3x day & now im on 2x day i really need 3 a day , i never take more medication than prescribed never id be afraid it wld kill me

    morphine works best 4x aday it last about 6 hours oxy lasts 8 hours not 12 , so ever heard of a drug holiday going off meds like a week or 2 with drawls are horrible but wen u do this you need less meds wen bk on them

    wen i started on med ive never had a euphoric feeling like getting high ect never i take my meds for severe pain i belive there is a diffrence between addition & being dependent on them of course my body is dependent on

    them after 12 yrs ive done a 2wk drug holiday so i no what its like if i cldnt have any meds i wldnt worry about being dependent or addicted my worry is the severe pain im in & w/ out meds i have no quality of like i

    cant function at all because of pain im 42 i have a grand daughter 2yes old i cant play & go places w/ her carry her ect / w/ out meds id want body parts cut off its so bad its heart breaking to think im in such severe

    pain at 42 for last 12 1/2 yrs & my body will probably give out early , the oxycontin ruined my teeth they say from dry mouth i dont have dry mouth or any side effects except constipation, i oftrn walk w/ forearm

    crutches due to my m/s b4 starting meds my now ex husband left me & my kids wen i got sick w/ m/s & clnt walk for a year at 1st thought it was

    als lou gerigs changed dx to m/s he left also because he was tired of me saying im in pain i was bed ridden at time i cld not even turn over in bed by myself i am so thankful there are meds to dull the pain id i didnt have

    them id probably commit suicide my pain is so severe i no some people have family that thinks they r junkies because they take these meds but until you have walked a mile in there shoes with chronic debilitating pain

    dont judge , I HAVE NEVER ABUSED MY MEDICATIONS NEVER !!

    i hate it wen people complain about pain meds & addiction ect yes u will become dependent people become dependent on anti depressants the body comes to expect its daily does of meds so its not just pain meds that

    you get dependent on & need to taper off wen stopping a med it people that get on pain meds that either have a drug abusing habit in past or they have a an additive personality those 2 things w/ pain meds spells

    DISASTER !! i am so thankful i do not have that issue these people because they have taken every thing under the sun in large quantities to maintain a high or keep adding more & more to get the buzz meaning it

    takes more & more as time goes on to still reach top peak high this is all a deduction from info ive heard & read these peple r the ones pain meds need to be strictly watched & maybe only given 1 wks worth meds at a

    time these people r the ones that if they no longer cld get oxy contin or morphine ect wld go to the streets & start a herion addiction very said but very true in earlier post man said he got his meds refilled every 25 days

    some drs r too liberal w/ pain meds ive been with same pain dr for 6 yrs i am med compliant he doesnt give 2nd chances either on rainy days i hurt more & it wld help if i had hydrocodone 3x day but i dont so i

    manage thru it icy hot helps , i no sm one that was in motorcycle wreck
    & is in bad pain & is now on pain meds & in past b4 this he was drug addicted illegal stuff & non prescribed pills a person thats got an

    addiction will take any thing so he came to see my son i was talking to him & he was on flexiril & hydrocodone he asked his dr for morphine he gave him 30 mg 2x day he ended up w/ empty bottle way too soon

    because he was taking way more than prescribed up to 120 mg a day h & he was having terrible with drawls i was asked if id give him 1 pill & keep in mind he was 7 days to go b4 new script i said for 1 i dont do that

    for 2 if he got 1 pill how does that hill wen he has 7 days to go i said he caused this & he needs to dry out now 3rd i said i never have taken more meds than prescribed its very dangerous & stupid & then you run out &

    have to withdraw not fun i with drew on a supervised drug holiday to get me on a lower dose , 4th if you gave sm one your meds youd then be

    short your self 5th im the type of person that thinks if you caused this your self & took way more than your supposed to then why should sm 1 else help that stupid person im sure people that are drug addicts & who

    have addictive personality’s do not go in to pain dr & r not honest w/ drs which hurts them in long run ive heard sm many stories of people on pain meds that have to have sm one lock their meds up & give them out

    daily to prevent over taking them i cant even imagine that problem
    sm i dated yrs ago had a friend that was a past drug abuser & had gotten ran over by a bus i think & was injured bad had chronic pain ect

    & id known of her for about 5 yrs what we didnt no was apparently she was getting meds from a drug dealer & trading him hydrocodone ect for what she wanted , she took unbeknownst to us a morphine , a oxycontin

    , a sleep medication, hydrocodone , antidepressant & who no’s what else she cldnt get rto sleep so we assumed she took extra every one went to bed , next am getting up she was gonna go to church ect u probably

    guessed it she was dead it was about 8 am medical examiner estimated she died around 12 am , so she was turned over on her side facing the wall

    & she has a small pillow up covering her mouth & nose they ruled it an accidental overdose , i imagine she had fallen in a deep drug induced

    sleep & was unaware of the pillow& also taking oxycontin & morphine together can be a lethal combination w/ out any other meds very sad
    she was a recovering crack addict the man i dated had been trying to help

    her for several years sm x i wonder if she intended to end her life ? we will never no 4 sure

    i imagine ill live rest of my life on pain medication unless a miracle happens !!! b4 starting pain medications on ongoing basis
    wen in hospital for a surgery i was given fental it didnt help , after other

    surgeries going home id been give hydrocodone over yrs & it always made me itch , after a spinal tap for meningitis &severe spinal headache & a failed painful blood patch i was given dilauded for 1st time thru an iv it

    made me so out of it that no one realized i was allergic too it i ended up scratching the skin off my nose & a reaction occurred at iv site , i was given dilauded again in different stay after same thing & same reaction

    ive never had any bad reactions on oxycontine or morphine & wen i started taking hydrocodone for chronic pain itching stopped but i take allergy meds

    id like to no how many people r med compliant vs how many take extra meds ?

    & if any one had their teeth ruined from oxycontine or morphine ?
    soes any one on these meds have severe sweating & hot flashes

    & if any one taking these 3 meds at a given time have any skin redness like Roschea facial redness or redness on neck chest arms ect sm x

    people think ive got a sun burn im like ni its roschea wrong spelling i wish it was a sun burn it wld go away my dr says i have a severe case i noticed

    facial redness wen using hydrocodone years ago ????

    & last what does every one take for constipation ??

    so if any one wld like to respond if you have these symptoms please respond ps i found this site accidentally wanting to no difference between oxycodone & Oxycontin as my neighbor says they r

    completely different according to this site the r same compound except Oxycontin is a time released drug

    he asked dr to stop morphine & give him oxycodone thinking its not as powerful as morphine & will not cause withdraws if he takes 2 much & runs out ???? they all cause withdraws once your dependent on them

    & esp if your prescribed 30 mg & you take 120 or more a day that plain stupidity !!!!! but again people who abused drugs r most likely to abuse opioid meds wen prescribed to them i am so thankful i am not in that

    position ! i wish every one happiness , health & a lot less pain or better yet pain free days for life they wld be a like changer indeed for me !!

    i dont drink or smoke thankfully but my pain dr tests for both & doesnt allow either of them does any one believe hydrocodone will no longer we available at sm point , my dr says that ?? & the pharmacy says it wont

    happen what will be an alternative drug because its whats given for pain after surgery & child birth & accidents , broken bones ect tramadol is a no narcotic non steroid & no dependency issue it is like a super ibuprofen

    any ideas if that will happen or what wld take its place my dr says he’d like to get all pts off of it so wen it is no longer available ?? he says their is no alternative but their has to be because for temporary pain & long term

    its widely prescribed ,once again i hate for people to blame pain meds for their own stupidity & addiction problems

    it just makes it harder for the people whom r med compliant & do well on pain med & basicly have to be on pain meds to even function on a daily basis & many of us wld cease to exist w/ out paim meds

    wld not be able to do daily necessitates / functions & daily tasks period much less even leaving the house so i know many of you on long term pain meds can identify with my words on daily survival

    ps i met sm one on suboxone said she was a recovering from a pain pill acddition after several surgeries this is reason i dont tell others what i take because then its a temptation & it also causes people to ask you for

    meds they dont care that youll be short on meds & in pain addicts care for only them selves dont get sucked down that drain with them because you will they will never stop asking & you have to be vigilant with your

    meds & keep a count because it is a temptation to others

    i sleep w/ my purse on my bed so i no where my meds r long time ago i had meds come up missing so i learned , also if you go to sm ones home thats a stranger or family any one or any place for that fact do not trust

    any one & , never set purse down i did this on a craigs listing for baby items my mother had just died & i was still upset over her death & i was going to pain dr rt after leaving there i went out in garage to look at baby

    stuff the husband stayed inside stupid me i left my purse on table wen i got to dr my 3 hydrocodone were missing morphine untouched i figured they new what the hydro was & not the morphine they were not in bottles

    i was so thankful i didnt have more or id ben doing w/ out for a while so there r many excellent reasons i prefer to not tell others what i take esp pain pills they r for me only to lessen my chronic pain & give me a better

    quality of life , not for others to abuse steal harass beg meds out of you ect

    they were in my medicine tray big time lesson learned also be care ful with your meds

    good nite every one jasmine sorry so long

    • JAS LISTEN, THIS MAY sound not good but smoke marijuana!!! My lady suffers from lupus is on so many meds for so long it not good or right. these doc. will kill u wit persrcips it helps her n no addiction thts unmanageable. take care bless u

    • I’m not trying to come across as rude, but what was the purpose of all that rambling on and on and on in your post? You never made a point? It seems like you might seriously be on too much medication as the spelling and grammar in your post was barely understandable. I say this because I have a sister that has a drug problem, so I know if she’s completely high or “sober” by her texting or emails. That extremely long post was definitely written by somebody that has a serious drug problem.

      • No doubt. Talk about serious run on sentence(s). I had to stop ready her babble. It was giving me a headache.

      • I totally agree, she has been on these meds for a while, even though she says she doesnt abuse her meds (it is possible that she is not even aware that her mediction makes her ‘high’, it is very noticable that she is on them to others), they are definitely effecting her actions such as slurred writing and grammar. Not to mention the rambling that seemed to make no point, that was previously pointed out. EXCEPT, for the fact that she believes ex-addicts can never control their own medication properly. She is dependent/addicted to her meds even if she takes them as prescribed and does not believe she is addicted. I am an ex-addict to opiates, and am now taking pain medication. I do not abuse them. I take my meds as prescribed. I have no desire to “get high” and take more than prescribed. Often, if I am feeling painless I will at times not take a pill, if I do not feel the need for it. Although I will have to take one for the next dose or else I will feel withdrawal symptoms. Btw, addicted and dependent are very similar in meaning. Look it up. I feel the use of the word dependent is just a less tainted word than the word, addicted. I am dependent and addicted to my meds, period. And yes these pharmaceutical drugs do have side effects such as deterioration of teeth etc. I am not a Dr, nor do I think I have the knowledge of one, I am speaking only from personal experience.

      • I agree with your observation. I’ve personally lived that life and my brother and sister would know if I was wasted or sober . Just by what you said .wow and I use to think that they were the one’s tripping. Like really who’s gonna know I’m high just by the way I would text. I’m just saying. Thanks for your honesty I’m glad I have a brother that tells it like it is.

    • Sound to me that you know to many DOPE head’s, I’d say you need to move, leave all of them behind and don’t contact them at “ALL”, Maybe start going to a Church, find new friend’s, don’t tell them nothing about what you take and what for “BIG TIME” and start a new LIFE elsewhere, I can’t totally tell you how to live but the “Church Of God” turned my live around 180 degrees and helped my face the hard fact’s of my life, in which it helped to show my wife and children I had changed for the better with the Church’s help and all mighty God. So please don’t take this wrong I’m just saying, yesterday my Dr. gave me my first script of OxyContin, which has been filled yet because the place I use has to order them and I’m glad I found this website to find out how they work before take my first pill.
      Please do something for yourself and the loved one’s around you.
      And yes in God’s name I pray for you to help you.
      Ben Tice

    • For constipation, eat lots of fruit. If that does not help go to the drug store and buy a stool softener.

    • i know what you mean about your meds and everyone wanting them i had to buy a safe just for mine iv had them stolen from me by the guy that works for a pest controle company and ppl call me all the freekin time knowing i dont give mine out and my wife was even sneeking into them and i was short every month and couldnt figgure it out why cause i take them just how im told to no more and when i am haveing a good day where i can tollerate what pain i have i take less the 1 person i should trust and know is there for me is doing that to me should let u know real quick how others will do u cause she sees every day what i go through i have R.S.D in my right foot and leg i was on morphine 30mg 3x a day and it didnt help any and hydrocodone made me itch too not on them now he put me on a musle relaxer and oxycodone 15mg and i take gabapinten 800mg 1 in the morning 1 in the after noone and 2 at night i dont have a addictive personallity as well my heart goes out to ppl that do iv been going through this for 2 1/2 yrs and im on workers comp so they have me going to diffrent doctors all the time and i will have to go a month sometimes with nothing to help with the pain and i never went through withdraws so i dont know what its like but i hear it is really bad and they can be worse than the pain it self im going in for a spinalcord stimmulator in a couple weeks i hope it will help enough to not have to use cruches or wheelchair anymore and hope to not have to take all these pills every day i know they help but i know they r bad about messing up your organs too my heart goes out to all of u that are going through all your pain and addictions and withdraws i hope god helps each and everyone of you

  3. I think anyone in his/her right mind, if they are educated, would not chose an ESI. Most would rather risk dependance than arachnoiditis. Please think about it before having an ESI. Your pain CAN be worse caused by a temporary unapproved by the FDA solution.

    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/depth-investigation-epidural-steroid-injections?page=2

  4. Hi. I have been on Oxicontin 20mg twice daily morning and night and when I picked up my prescription yesterday from the pharmacy they gave me Oxycodone and said it was exactly the same medication.

    I took one 20mg tablet last night as I always do for my pain but boy did my body go into physical withdrawal as if I had never taken it. I took it at 8pm before bed as normal and went through hell till 1am the following morning.

    There is obviously something different between Oxicontin and Oxycodone and for me to have to go through what I did last night on top of my chronic pain and servers illness was unjustified.

    Obviously when you take these painkillers for a long period you have to me gradually weaned off them as your body does go into physical withdrawal! And that’s what happened last night – very very scary I must say.

    Should I give my pharmacist a rark up today over the phone? As I assume the same thing is going to happen this morning with the medication.

    Any comments would be appreciated
    Thank you

    • From what I have always been told, oxycontin is time released and oxycodone is instant release. Here is what wiki says.
      “Controlled release oral tablet form is indicated for cancer and other chronic pains and intended to be taken every 12 hours.[9] Immediate release forms are used more commonly for management of moderate pain.”
      And to be honest, the highest strength I have known of Oxcodone is 10mg.

  5. Hello Amanda,

    I hope you’re doing well; at least better than you were doing last night. Amanda, before I go any further, I need to say that, Oxycontin (which you have been taking) and Oxycodone (which the pharmacist gave you yesterday) ARE NOT the same at all. I’m completely shocked that your pharmacist would even give you Oxycodone instead of Oxycontin, because it is illegal and a felony to provide a customer with medication other than the medication which has been prescribed by his/her physician. Furthermore, it brings up suspicion to why the pharmacist would actually do such a thing, when the pharmacist is fully aware of the difference between the two drugs.

    Before you do anything else, go back to the pharmacy and demand to have your original prescription of “Oxycontin” filled! If the pharmacist plays any games, such as saying that he or she cannot fill it at this point or that a new prescription is needed from your physician, or if the pharmacist continues to suggest that the two drugs are the same, then simply tell him/her that you will be contacting the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in order to clear up the mess, which he/she (the pharmacist) has created. The DEA is the primary regulating agency when it comes to ALL and ANY prescription pharmaceuticals.

    Both Oxycontin and Oxycodone are Schedule II (2) drugs, which means that there are very close rules and regulations which the pharmacy must follow when filling the prescription. A very important rule/regulation is that the pharmacy CANNOT alter or change the prescription of a Schedule II (2) drug without a hardcopy of the prescription. Schedule II (2) drugs cannot even be filled by your doctor’s office calling the pharmacy and requesting an “over the phone or fax” prescription to be filled. A hardcopy is ALWAYS required.

    Amanda, I cannot stress the importance of this enough! That is why you received terrible withdrawals last night. Oxycontin is not the same as Oxycodone at all! The similarities between the two is that, Oxycontin is a long acting, Extended Release or Controlled Release drug (Oxycontin ER), whereas Oxycodone is a short acting, Immediate Release drug (Oxycodone IR). Both drugs contain “Oxycodone,” but they are two VERY different drugs. Oxycontin is a potent substance of “Oxycodone,” whereas the Oxycodone you were prescribed yesterday is a far less potent substance of Oxycodone, because it does not contain the same potency or strength of Oxycodone, and it is also mixed with Hydrochloride. Oxycontin is a primary painkiller, whereas Oxycodone is a breakthrough painkiller. Many patients are prescribed both medications to achieve full pain relief, or as close to full pain relief as possible. Oxycontin Extended Release, which you were original prescribed and have been taking for some time now, is released into the bloodstream, where it then releases acting agents into the bloodstream every few hours; thus, only two doses are needed each day. Oxycondone on the other hand is a breakthrough painkiller. Its effects are felt within 10 to 20 minutes after taking the dose, but its effects do not last as long as Oxycontin’s effects.

    As I mentioned, many patients are prescribed both Oxycontin and Oxycodone to achieve full pain relief. Oxycontin is taken once in the morning and once in the evening; then the Oxycodone is taken 2 to 3 times daily in between doses of Oxycontin, when the patient begins to experience pain. Since the patient is allowed a limited dosage of Oxycontin within a 24 hour timeframe, the Oxycodone IR (Immediate Release) provides temporal pain relief of pain symptoms until more Oxycontin ER (Extended Release) agents are automatically released into the bloodstream or until the following dose.

    Amanda, please understand that what your pharmacist has done is illegal, especially since he/she directly told you that they are the same drug, and directly gave you the incorrect drug intentionally. What his or her intentions were? I don’t know. There are many things I can speculate on, but I’d rather not.

    Make sure you make a copy of the current prescription receipt and medication bottle, which was given to you yesterday. Then go back to the pharmacy and demand to have your original prescription filled. In the meantime, call your doctor and let him/her know exactly what the pharmacist did (filling the wrong medication and telling you it’s the same), so this way your doctor is aware of the situation and can call the pharmacy and “put them in line”, in the event the pharmacy continues to give you the runaround.

    Amanda, I wish you the best of luck sorting this out, but with all honesty, you’re not going to need any luck for this situation, because you have every law, rule and regulation backing you on this one. I just hope it is sorted out today, so you experience the withdrawals which you experienced last night. Those withdrawals just show you how less potent Oxycodone is than your original medication, which is Oxycontin. Please let me know how it all went, and if you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask. Just post a message or comment, and I will respond as soon as I see the post.

    I wish you the best, Amanda!

    - Calvin

    • Hi Calvin

      First I would like to thank you for your fantastic reply it was
      Amazing and so informative thank you so much! Very supportive of you:)

      I did go down to the pharmacist and demand my proper script for
      OxyContin 20mg and they had none in stock. They had to order it in
      So I had to endure another two days of unbalanced out of
      sequence out of control pain relief. It pretty much laid me flat for
      Three days as I was in so much pain. I nearly went to hospital it got so bad.

      The pharmacist explanation is that Oxicontin is no longer going to be funded by the drug company and Oxcondone is now its replacement! All to do with the dollars. But at what cost?
      The pharmacist said “she’s not surprised that someone has had I reaction to this new drug as there have been no comparison trials done between the two medications” FAR OUT” I don’t like being a Lab rat force to trial new drugs! How dear they.

      I told my doctor what had happened and he didn’t seem surprise at all, and didn’t go blasting in the pharmacy to question what they had done……. Is this a ploy to try and reduce patients abusing the OxyContin because of its addiction capabilities? Doctors need to remember its them putting patients onto the medication in the first place. Anyway I’m lost for words on the whole thing.
      The pharmacy are scrounging around to find OxyContin to fill my scripts and say they don’t know how long they can hold off me going onto Oxycodone and go see my doctor for alternatives! Been there done that and my doctor admitted that not enough trials have been done but pretty much didn’t give a dam.

      I’m in the process of writing a formal complaint on the whole thing thanks to your advice and support Calvin.
      I will keep you posted on any developments.

      Oh and yes got some of my life back now that I’m back on Oxicontin but for how long? I do not know;(

      Amanda

      • Amanda – I’m happy you got that situation taken care of. I’m still a little concerned that your pharmacist is being less than truthful with you. Oxycodone is neither a replacement for Oxycontin, NOR is it new. I have been taking Oxycodone for years. My PM tried to switch me to Oxycontin, but the side effects for me were intolerable. I was a mess. Now happily back to my small, not increasing dosage of oxycodone. You were sick on the oxycodone because it had much less of the active ingredient than the oxycontin. This doesn’t mean it will always be the case. If you and your doctor choose to go this route in the future, you will just need to taper the oxycontin while at the same time adding in the oxycodone.
        Best of luck!

  6. Well I read everyone of the stories each one different but yet the same and I would like to say thank you to all I have learnt so much no doctor could ever teach or tell . Just thank you for shareing your pain and suffering your guilt being scared your shame your medication and addictions and withdrawl and in some cases we have came so far but still most medical teams are not getting it..I feel for anyone on the pain journey .. REMEMBER that you have the pain that the pain dose not have you it is easier when your the boss!! stay stronge oxxo

  7. Hi everyone,
    I have some questions and I am really confused about somethings. I currently go to pain management. I had open heart surgery 12 years ago to repair a defect in my heart that i was born with. well after the surgery j started to have pain and burning in my upper back. after going thru numerous doctors. i thought i had
    finally found a doctor that was helping. well just recently my pain doctor discharged me. For about 6 months he has been riding me that im fat that im over weight! I need to loose weight. i tried and tried i couldn’t loose weight. i also have knee problems well just my left knee. it makes it hard to walk and exercise.well anyways he discharged me cuz i was short on my pills when i went for My appt. like a week before my appt i called and ask if they. could refill my ointment i use on my hands cause i have nerve damage in both of my hands also. well when i had asked them to refill the ointment the nurse said no. well that didn’t help me at all. so i didn’t realize that i over took some of my pills. cause the pain in my hands and the pain jn my knee was so bad during the day and just seemed worse when i tried to sleep. well for being 17 pills short. he dismissed me from being my doctor. he lied on my paperwork and now my new pain doctor is treating me like im a pill popper. i have never abused my pills. ever!!!! the nerve pain in my hands is horrible . and my left knee pain at night is omg awful!!! it makes me made cuz the old pain dr didn’t try to do anything to get me out of pain!!! he just me a script for my meds scolded me about being fat. and sent me on my!!! And the new doctor want to just stop my Oxycodone. i currently take 15mgs of Oxycodone every 4 hours. Now she wants to just cold Turkey make me start taking Oxycontin 2xs a day and Lyrica 50mgs at nite. and physical therapy. how is that gonna work. i have been taking Oxycodone 2yrs I am fine with it and it helps me. i dont feel comfortable being switched to Oxycontin. i feel that is gonna be to strong and I think i am fine with the 15mgs of Oxycodone. someone pls give some advice. dont i have a say in what medication i take. or is it what the pain dr says and that’s it. Please I just dont feel comfortable being prescribed a different pain med. please answer my question thanks everyone

    • Hello Christine,

      I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. Christine, I completely understand your concern about switching from oxycodone to OxyContin, especially when you’ve been taking oxycodone for 2 years. You may be worried about withdrawal symptoms, pain tolerance, and even dosage strength; however, rest assured that you will be on a far more potent, less dangerous, and more pain reducing medication, once you are switched to OxyContin. In fact, that’s something your previous PM doctor should have decided to do, because oxycodone (which you have been on for 2 years) is a short acting breakthrough medication, which SHOULD NOT be used for long term pain management purposes as a primary pain medication.

      Everything that you haven’t been able to do because of your pain, and all the things you’ve been restricted from doing in your personal and social life,due to your pain, will now change! Though 15mg’s of oxycodone may help reduce your pain, within a few months your body will require double the dose to achieve the same level of pain relief. It’s inevitable, because oxycodone is not designed as a longterm, long lasting pain medication. It’s merely a breakthrough pain medication which should be used in conjunction with a long lasting pain medication such as, OxyContin, methadone, or Kadian (a controlled/extended release morphine capsule).

      The Lyrica will also greatly help/reduce the nerve pain you’re experiencing. Also, I’m sure your new PM doc will also provide you with a breakthrough medication, which may either be oxycodone, Percocet (oxycodone & Tylenol), or Norco (hydrocodone & Tylenol), in order to achieve the highest level of pain relief. If you still suffer from minor pains Once you start taking OxyContin and if she hasn’t prescribed any breakthrough medication, you can ask her to do so, but allow her to select which breakthrough med to prescribe.

      I honestly believe this has been a blessing for you, Christine. Your previous doctor should have placed you on these meds a long time ago, yet failed to do so, and discharged you when you finished your medication earlier than expected, which is inevitable because oxycodone rarely achieves maximum pain relief when used as the sole medication in pain management.

      Don’t worry about OxyContin being “too strong” of an opiate, because your PM doctor will prescribe you a mg based on your current medication, dosage, and level of opiate tolerance. Remember, OxyContin is a far more safer opiate than oxycodone. The process is a careful conversion, which ensures a safe transition from one medication to the next, while achieving maximum pain relief. Don’t be surprised if the new PM doctor wants to see you every 2 weeks for the first few months, and if she increases your dosage. This is absolutely normal and quite important with caring and knowledgeable PM doctors.

      Christine, you’re definitely on the right path in achieving a maximum pain relief life. I believe your switch from oxycodone to OxyContin is a great switch, and I’m sure you will experience much higher pain relief.

      So stop worrying so much and start trusting your new PM doctor :) and have an OPEN DIALOGUE with her concerning EVERYTHING! I wish you the very best, Christine! I’m always here to help as much as I can! Take care!

      • Calvin, I appreciate with your thoughtful and well written responses to the posters here. I do however have to strongly disagree with your claim that oxycontin is “less dangerous” and a “far… safer opiate” than oxycodone. The very fact that it is, as you say, more potent, means it is at least as dangerous.

        You also say that within a few months one will require double the dosage of oxycodone to achieve the same level of pain relief. Why would you think that it would be any different with oxycontin? It’s the same active ingredient. The person wanting twice as much oxycodone will also eventually want twice as much oxycontin.

        I do agree with you, that any form of pain management should be a composite approach. Neither of these medications should be used as the only way of achieving pain relief, nor should anyone expect 100% pain relief from any pain management protocol.

        Christine, as I understand it, oxycontin will be discontinued at some point in the near future. I don’t think it is unreasonable for you to not want to start taking it now. When I took oxycontin for a short time, I found the side effects to be more life altering than the pain. My PM doctor said he was not surprised to hear that, and switched me back to oxycodone.
        Whatever you choose, I hope you find pain relief and are able to live well.

        • Hi, Carol. Can I ask, what do you mean by “as I understand it, Oxycontin will be discontinued at some point in the near future”??? WHERE did you hear that, and WHEN??

          I’ve been taking both oxycodone AND Oxycontin for over 7 years; I sustained a spinal cord injury and was left with a broken back after a serious car accident. Having chronic back pain tends to come with the territory of having a broken back–it’s simply a given. So just the mere thought of no longer having access to one of the two pain meds that have (just barely) made life bearable for the last 7 and a half years is extremely frightening to me… Let me know, okay? — Thanx!!

  8. Reading all of your stories brought back so many memories! I had been on most of the meds mentioned since a car acc “broke” my back @ L5-S1, requiring a lamenectomy/fusion within the year it took them to identify my injury.
    10yrs later, by the year 2000, I was prescribed OxyContin 80mg 2 x day, but being uncomfortable with the controversial drug, I requested it be changed. I then ended up taking 100mg of Morphine 3 x da I’d been on most of the meds mentioned since a car acc “broke” my back @ L5-S1, requiring a lam/fusion within the year it took to identify my injury.
    10yrs later, by 2000, I was prescribed OxyContin 80mg 2x day. But being uncomfortable with the controversial drug, I requested it be changed. I then ended up on 100mg of Morphine 3x day.
    New PM Dr implanted a Morphine Pump last Dec & now I’m on less than 3mg Morphine over a 24hr period!
    It’s so nice to get off the Narcotic Merry Go Round after being on it over 20yrs!
    God Bless each of you on your journey, only some1 who’s been there understands!

  9. OxyContin is just a Name Brand for the time released version of oxycodone. Nothing more. Nothing less. The Non-time released dosage forms will act faster. I have found OxyContin to be superior in managing my pain for several hours. My goal is eventually be OxyContin free. The withdrawal symptoms from either of the drugs are severe.

  10. I have severe back pain and have been prescribed oxycodone. I’ve been reading some of the scary scenarios here about addiction, etc. I’m 75 and wonder if it matters if I get addicted? Oxycodone has allowed me to walk, whereas it was too difficult before. I would appreciate any comments. Thanks.

    • As long as you take it regularly as prescribed and don’t keep increasing your dosage, you should be fine. Oxycodone is an effective pain killer. It works best when you take it on a regular schedule – not “as needed for pain”. While you may have symptoms of physical dependency, that is a different beast than addiction.

  11. Um yeah, difference between Oxycontin and Oxycodone, NONE… Oxycontin is just a trademarked name for time delayed Oxycodone. So instead of getting 20mg all at once, its slowly released into your system over 8-12 hours, depending on your body. Oxycodone is the name of the ingredient in Oxycontin, which makes it a pain reliever. The same ingredient is available in instant release form, with the trademarked names like roxycodone, and a few others, or in a mixed form like percocet, which is oxycodone mixed with Tylenol (another trademarked name). The big reason why people harp on Oxycontin is its available in higher doses than the instant release form, which made it very sought after by street users. Today, Oxycontin is formulated into a digestible polymer resin, that makes it supposedly near impossible for street users to beat the time delayed action. Also, due to lawsuits and continually renewed patents, Oxycontin remains the only time released version of oxycodone.

    Name on the bottle, and how long it takes for the pill to dissolve, those are the only differences.

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