oxycontin vs oxycodone whats the diff?

Question by Jamess Rr: oxycontin vs oxycodone whats the diff?
i was taking oxycontin 40 mg extended release, my ins is 2500 deductable so ask doct for something cheaper, he gave me oxycodone hcl 10 mg (2×3 a day) with breakthru percs. so whats diff between the oxycontin and oxycodone.both are taking pain away so… why is oxycontin 380.00 and the oxycodone is only 100.00 !!
ok but I cant figure out if this oxycodone is a time release 10mg or not. I think the pharmacist said it was but it does not work like the oxycontin time release seemed to.

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Answer by Redboyofgoo
Oxycontin vs Oxycodone

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.
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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3 Comments on "oxycontin vs oxycodone whats the diff?"

  1. atltigger69
    31/03/2014 at 2:33 pm Permalink

    The other answer that you received is mostly correct but it didn’t really answer why oxycontin is so much more expensive than what you are now taking.

    The reason oxycontin is more expensive is due to several factors. First, it is still under patent protection so no other drug manufacturer can make a generic version. Second, the insurance cost skyrocketed after some idiots tried to use it to get high and wound up dead instead. Third, the manufacturer has had to defend the medication to congress when they were thinking about banning the drug. Fourth, they had to pay lobbyists because of the move to ban the drug by congress (thank god that it wasn’t banned). Last, but not least, has been trying to educate doctors that it should not be prescribed except for people that have pain management issues.

  2. cateyes
    31/03/2014 at 3:05 pm Permalink

    I’ve seen this question asked so many times on the pain management web site that I belong to. I’m going to answer this very simply for you. Oxycontin and Oxycodone are in fact the same thing. One is the name brand and the other is the generic. How do I know? I’ve been taking them for 8 years now. I’m disabled with severe chronic pain and I have to take this twice a day everyday. I get both names, depending on if the pharmacy is out of the generic brand, of course I prefer the cheaper (generic) when they have it but will pay the higher copay for the name brand when they (generic) are out of stock. I take the same dosage on both, take the same amount, at the same time every day. I’ve done a great deal of research on this medication as I like to be educated on what I’m taking. It’s really as simple as that. BTW, my oxycodone does NOT have any fillers in it, such as Tylenol, etc. since I do in fact have to take this the rest of my life. Fillers are dangerous when taken over long periods of time, they damage the liver and kidneys.

  3. Dee
    31/03/2014 at 3:52 pm Permalink

    Short answer:

    Oxycontin is time released oxycodone.

    Percocet is oxycodone together with acetaminophen.

    Oxycodone hcl 10 mg cheap because it’s a generic so the greedy drug companies get less money.

    Depending on how many pills you’re getting, $ 100 is still too much to have to pay for a bottle of oxycodone hcl 10 mg (probably generic percocet).

    Be careful because the breakthrough pills (percocet) have the same main ingredient as the oxycodone hcl 10 mg so overdose is a possibility.

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