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28 Jul 2011
Oxycodone hydrochloride is an opioid pain reliever. It is an active ingredient in many different prescription medications. It is available by itself (in both short- and long-acting products) or in combination with other active ingredients.
Oxycodone is a narcotic and is a "controlled substance" in the United States.
OxyContin (oxycodone ER) is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
Both meds are opioid pain relievers and controlled meds, need a special docs prescription.
Take care, be safe & well, please.
28 Jul 2011
The only difference in the two is that the OxyContin releases its medication over 8-12 hours and oxycodone releases all the medication at once. In many cases, no amount of medicine ever takes away all the pain. Pain medication and pain therapy really isnt about taking all the pain away but it should take the edge off and allow you to be more comfortable so that you can do some of the activities you need to. Many of us in pain management get 20-50% pain relief only and consider ourselves lucky to get that. You need to adjust your expectations a bit. If you are looking for complete pain relief, you will be disappointed. You may get better relief for awhile by increasing your meds but you eventually become tolerant and need more, then more, then more. Before you know it you are on enough meds to kill an elephant and you still dont get total relief. If the meds are taking the edge off then you are getting as much relief as you should expect.
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