Why is it that when I take the oxycotin time release 20mg, it helps NONE. Can I do something to make the oxy 20 that can help me like my perc 10s? Jus curious. Any advice?
2 Feb 2012
Dear hoss3414~ I have been a medical professional for 14+ years, spending 3 of those years specializing in pain management. The active agent in percocet is oxyCODONE (opiate type narcotic) (percocet is simply a brand name for oxycodone). Most oxycodone is combined with acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol, your RX bottle will identify this as oxycodone-APAP). Acetaminophen increases the effect of the oxycodone- while oxycodone is blocking your pain receptors, acetaminophen is breaking any possible fevers and targeting other pain receptors within your body- also due to percocet being indicated for 4-6hrs of pain relief, you're getting the full amount of the narcotic within a short time span -VS- very small controlled amounts over an 8-12hr period with the OxyCONTIN- which does not contain acetaminophen.
Please note* Oxycodone and Oxycontin are basically the same opiate- oxyCODONE is the generic form of percocet and comes with and without acetaminophen- to verify if your medication contains acetaminophen (generic tylenol) look for the indication APAP following medication identification ie; oxycodone-APAP. OxyCONTIN was manufactured by Purdue Pharmaceuticals oxycontin meaning; oxy-contin (contin= continuous release of oxycodone) MY BOTTOM LINE ADVICE TO IS DISCUSS WITH YOUR MD WHAT YOU HAVE DISCOVERED PERSONALLY WORKS BEST FOR YOUR PAIN CONTROL- IN MY OPINION YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM 15MG OR 30MG PLAIN OXYCODONE (NO acetaminophen) TABLETS WITH AN OTC DOSE OF TYLENOL PERIODICALLY BETWEEN THE DOSES OF PLAIN OXYCODONE TO GET THE MOST BENEFIT FROM YOUR PAIN MED WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF TOO MUCH acetaminophen. I apologize for the long-winded reply and sincerely hope this helps- and remember there are 24hr pharmacies open- dont ever hesitate to call a pharmacist with any questions you may have- they will by far have the most accurate information. Good Luck!
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