I have heard of some people getting the new OP 40's and don't know what the difference is between them and the OC 40's I have been prescribed for 3 years? Are they all gonna be those soon?
30 Aug 2010
The OP stands for Oxycontin Purdue. When a pharmacy has to reorder this medication they will automatically receive the new 40 op. They will not have a choice.
They changed the chemical compound (none of the actual drug was removed) by adding something that would make nearly impossible for people to abuse it. They were abusing the drug by crushing it to snort, dissolving to inject or chewing them to get a maximum high. That's the good news. The bad news is that whatever they added to it has changed how well it works & how long it lasts. Let me know what you experience when you get the new one, please.
30 Aug 2010
OP is the same thing as OC. You cant get the OC pills anymore unless a pharmacy has extra stock of them. Perdue Pharma isnt making the OC ones anymore because they were easy to abuse by snorting or chewing, etc. The new formula has been labeled OP for Oxycontin Perdue. These have been made to stop them being abused. They are extremely hard and chewy if you try to chew them and they are almost impossible to cut with a razor blade. They will also just clump up in your nose if you are actually able to snort them. So for anyone getting their refills and getting the OP ones, this is normal.
20 Sep 2010
Oxycontin OP is the new, updated version of Oxycontin OC. It contains the same active ingredient, Oxycodone, in a time released formulation.
The difference is that the OP has been re-formulated to prevent abuse. Trying to crush the pills (for the purpose of snorting, injecting, etc.) will not make a difference, they still retain their time released formulation.
29 Sep 2010
Well, I have been taking Oxycontin 40 mg. for the past year and today I picked up my prescription and when I got home I realized that there was something different. I took one @ 4:30 pm and have been throwing up off and on since. It is now 1:55 am and I am nausous, hurting and pissed!
Shouldn't the pharmacist have to tell you what he is dispensing and shouldn't he have to label it as what it is instead of labeling it as regular ole Oxycontin 40mg. I mean my pamplet that you get with the prescription describes the pill as Round, yellowish, OC on one side and 40 on the other. Instead, it's round, brown, OP on one side and 40 on the other. I am not trying to be all dramatic, but what if a police officer pulled me over and wants to know what meds are in my weekly dispenser and I explain to him/her that it is Oxycontin and show him/her the pill pamplet with my name on it and the pills description, and am put in handcuffs for illegal possesion of a controlled substance due to the pill and the pamplets description not matching?!
Before you all start thinking that I'm a complete wack job, remind yourself of how we are living in an ever increasing POLICE STATE that is especially making it hard on those of us that ACTUALLY NEED and DO NOT ABUSE our meds, to evn get them in the first place. If you don't agree with that, then ask yourself, "Why did they change the chemical compound to start with?" Because, BIG BROTHER thinks we are all a bunch of idiot drug addicts that they have to BABYSIT!
2 Oct 2010
Yes as stated from other members, it does refer to Oxycontin Purdue, Purdue Pharma is the maker , now to answer the "time release " CAUTION!!! be very careful if you chew these up or break them or whatever, it releases a very strong dose all at once , which can effect your breathing, it can even kill you ..i take the 20mg lower strength and i chewd the first one it was a stupid thing to do, ( and im opiod tolerent) it was not a pleasant experience, i was a bit short of breath, and panicky for about ten minutes , yes there was a "high" but its not worth the risk ..be careful... this is your life ... dont be an overdose statistic peace & happiness
3 Oct 2010
Here is the information I shared which I thought EVERYONE could access. Purdue does still manufacture the old OC's. They are now distributed through Ethex.
I called my Walgreens pharmacist and told him about all the issues and concerns that have come up. He verified that my information was correct and told me he has the original oxycontin in 10mg and 40mg. They get them through Ethex and will continue to get them as Purdue is still making them and from his knowledge will continue to do so.
The issue with the new formulation is the coating. My pharmacist has many complaints. In fact the coating may be so strong that some peoples digestive system may not be able to process it. Therefore the pill passed through and comes out in complete form through your bodies excretory system.
After the death of my niece's boyfriend over this new formulation I decided to not answer any more questions. He was unaware of the new ones and he took a few extra because they didn't "work". He took a total of 3 in one and a half hours. He went out to eat with friends, never did get high. Went to bed and never woke up. That's all I will say, I believe I said enough. God Bless you all and Take care.
8 Oct 2010
I have been on oxycontin for several years due to degenative arthritus, and protruding disks in my back as well as the lack of cartilage in my knees. When they switched me to the oxycontin op's I didn't realize they had changed an ingredient in the medication until I broke out in hives, that were constantly itchy and resulted in open sores and an infection. If the company making these medications are going to change ingredients they should be aware that it can cause severe reactions. I had to be taken off this medication due to the severity of the reaction I got to the new ingredient.
10 Oct 2010
I have noticed a difference in the strength and longevity. They do NOT work as well as the OC. The first dose of the day is when I need pain relief more and the OC would work quicker and give immediate relief for several hours but I cannot get the same relief from the new OP. I actually cannot feel the OP working on a continuous basis. It seems that OP's do not release an adequate steady amount or quickly enough on a continual basis. Ther are times when I cannot notice any difference at all after taking the OP but with the OC, I could always notice I had taken one and the OC would last longer. I am definitely going to request the Roxicet 30mg because they do work. They are not time release but you can take one every six hours and at least manage the pain. With the new OP, I have to take the 10mg Percocet for breakthrough pain more often during the day. The new OP are NOT sufficient to replace the old OC formula.
11 Oct 2010
i was on the oc and now i am on the op and they do not work like the old ones plus i have been getting hot flashes. these new pills are worthless have sent the fda a email about this. its change is for the good for people who have cronic pain but if they dont work whats the worth of them you might as well not take them. we all can blame the ****** abusers.
14 Oct 2010
I have been taking the oxycontin 80mg for almost 12 yrs now and it has worked great for me, allowed me to function on a daily basis. I do not abuse it, I take it as directed, but did not realize when I got my last script that they had changed to the OP. I thought I was crazy, because I have had a constant headache for over 2 weeks now and nausea that comes and goes in waves, I even went to ER because I thought I might have had a concussion because the headaches just wouldn't go away, (I bumped my head, but the time was not consistant w/my systems for a concussion, and there was nothing wrong with my tests. It is not the same as the OC and if people are determined to abuse it by wanting to inhale it or inject it, it will only send them to other drugs (heroin?). I understand that this is the only oxycontin that will be available to prescribe.
I don't know if I can tolerate the constant headaches, and it also makes me extremely exhausted to the point where I am pretty much passing out from exhaustion. This doesn't seem to be the answer to stop those who are abusing it, it only makes it worse for those who take it for the right reason, it isn't fair. It seems that we are the ones making the sacrifice. Is there any way one can still continue to be prescribed the real OC?? After almost 12 yrs on the same medication, no one can tell me I'm nuts, I know the difference. Thank you.
20 Oct 2010
I have been taking oxycontin 80mgs for three years, one every 8 hours pluse oxi ir 10mg for breakthrough, I have never ever felt so bad. I am so sick in my stomach all the time and really funny in my head. I cannot think, just typing this is difficult. The release is so slow I do not feel like I am getting any pain relief. I used to feel the pain just go away after 45 min. This is again due to those who abuse, I understand that there is some kind of polymer throughout the large doses and it gells up. I also have been so consipated nothing is working. I used eat activa and take colace and that did the trick but not anymore.
I plan to call the FDA med watch hotline and notify them of these dibilitating side effects. Again sorry about the spelling I am having a hard time seeing and thinking. I cut myself back to one a day but I had to increase to two because of withdrawl. I know the medicine is the same as far as the oxycodone but it is less effective and causes more side effects. This is not in my head. I know my body. I see my doctor in a couple of days and will discuss this with him. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I might take in its place. I refuse to live in the severe pain I did in the past. Maybe Avinza or a long acting Morphine. The lower dose oxycontin does not seem to be causing problems but the higher dose is.
Please let me know how you guys are doing out there I know I am not alone. Thanks
21 Nov 2010
Just to comment on an assertion made by an earlier poster.
The coating has virtually nothing to with a pills time released properties. Think about the pill in the stomach acid all day. The acid eats the coating in minutes. The remainder of the pill dissolves accordingly.
What makes the drug time released in the plastic molecularity bound to the oxycodone in the oxycontin. And in fact it is that plastic, that is causing so many folk to have so many digestive problems. So many are violently ill taking these. Many do NOT nor have they ever abused them, and this travesty never was needed to start with. OPs simply do not work as advertised. For those who really do not understand the issues on a first hand basis, and rather have their heads filled with misinformation, I can only hope that you need these on a short term basis, so you can perhaps join with us, and call on Perdue, and your congressional representatives to let them know of this Pandoras Box known as OP.
23 Dec 2010
For those of you who think there is no difference to the op's and the oc's are totally not knowing what they are talking about. There is a major difference in them, My husband has a knee injury and has to take oxycontin to survive. It's not to get a high, it's for him to be able to go to work. We have looked every where for the oc's and no pharmacy in a 60 mile radius carries them anymore. So now my husband throws up, has mood swings and the medication does not work as well. Why would the FDA or anyone else change this? to keep druggies from abusing? So while the government stops the druggies off one drug or gives them something to think about on how to abuse the op's. People like my husband suffer! Do they think this will stop narcotic abusers of trying different things? no it wont. So what is going to happen when people start taking more at a time? It will kill them.
Is this is what the government doing, lets help the abusers heal, but let the people with severe pain suffer. Are you fuckin kidding? What is it going to take for the PURDUE company to get a clue on what they are really doing to pain sufferers? What about the elders who have bad arthritis? What are they suppose to do? and now that the op's are not as effective does this mean either you run out in the middle of the month and left with nothing or you need to have the doc prescribe a larger quantity. Also if this pill does not dissolve how can it be timed released when it does not even liquidfy in your system. That is why it does not work as well, with the silica feel of the pill it is causing it not to fall apart. Just another way the government has given druggies the upper hand, but screw the disabled!!!
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
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