I was wondering what is more powerful, 20mg oxycontin or 15mg MS contin. I have been prescribed to both in the past.
5 Aug 2009
20mg of OxyContin is stronger; however, the first answers' calculation is wrong. OxyContin is only 1.5 times stronger, not 3 times. To get the equivalent amounts, just take the amount of miligrams of Morphine you want calculated, and divide it by 1.5 to get the amount of miligrams of OxyContin it is equivalent to. Example= 60 mg of Morphine is equivalent to 40mg of an Oxy.
Or, from your question, your 20mg OxyContin would be equivalent to a 30mg MS Contin.
27 Sep 2009
I don't the know actual 1-1 strength comparison but there is something called bio availability which means how well\much are absorbed into your system when taken orally. I think Oxycodone (Oxycontin's active) and Morphine are roughly equivalent but Oxycontin has far better bio availability therefore is more effective mg for mg per dose. For having 10 consecutive surgeries on the hip implant from hell I've had both and can say that 15mg of oxycodone IR requires 30mg or morphine sulfate IR to get roughly the same relief. While I never had the Time release version of the Morphine, I've read that it takes nearly 2x mg to equal a given Oxycontin dose for the same level of pain relief. But everyone is different and sometimes your Dr or Pain specialist will have to try a few different things to find what is best for you. Hope this helps
20 Oct 2009
I was prescribed 30 mg MS Contin and I didn't like it at all. It made me tired and I felt that it was too strong, it just seemed to knock me out. I took the entire bottle to my Dr. so she would write a different script. She then gave me 20mg of Oxycontin which is much more agreeable with my system. It doesn't knock me out or make me as tired as the MScontin. This isn't really a technical answer but my point here is make sure your meds agree with you and go back to your Dr. if you want to try different meds. Everyone reacts to meds differently, make sure yours are right for you. Take care.
24 Nov 2009
As with what was already said, I found Oxcycontin to be twice as strong as MS contin, the Morphine Sulf. After quite some time of being on 30mg of Oxycontin, due to the pain from neuropathy, I had to change medications. I beleived the only time released medication was the oxycontin but found out by mistake about the Morphine, MS contin, was also a time released pill.Oxycontin worked well to help subside the pain, but also was depleating my wallet. I spoke with my doctor and we tryed a straight over switch to 30mg of Morphine Sulf. For me, I knew after about 2 hours, that a straight switch 30mg of each was not working. I had to do something to help more with the pain, so I tryed taking 2, 30mg. pills. To my surprise 60 mg. of the Morphine had the approximate same effect as 30mg. of Oxycontin. I went back to my doctor and had him change my medication to the 60mg.
Morphine, it was worked fine with the exception of my wallet, which now has about $400.00 more a month now due to the switch. The reason for this is that there is no generic for oxycontin, but there is for the Morphine. The side effects are also simulair for me like weird dreams, being tired, and dry mouth. Again, people are differant so always consult with your doctor.
25 Feb 2010
I have taken both oxycontin and ms contin, right now i am on 300 mg ms contin daily& 4 mg of diladid 3 times daily for break through pain and have found that oxycontin worked much better, but i had very bad side effects such as very tired and confusion, but it really does depend on the person. I have been on some type of pain meds for over 10 years, right now nothing really works unless I go to hospital for shot of diladid but can't do that every day. I have been told by doc. oxycontin is stronger than ms contin.
8 Mar 2010
Everyone is different however.I like the oxycontin better for me, Theres definetly a different affect as when I took ms contin it was 60mgs and I assure you I would rather have the 20mgs ocs than 60mgs ms anyday of the week. I know the scientific properties of oxycontin is cobra venom and I also know they just came out with a new medicene called cobroxin over the counter med inexpensive and is said to be 600 times more potenant than morphine hope this helped and remember I am a addict! I would be real careful with oxycontin Its a very cunning drug to say the very least and a drug of mass destuction in everyway! always remember" you cant miss what you aint had " also just in case you dont know the "ms" in ms contin stands for morphine sulphate.god bless
10 Apr 2010
I am currently taking 10 mg of Oxycontin myself and 5mg/325mg of Hydrocodone (Norco, as it's properly called... Vicodin with less acetaminophen). Originally, about a year ago, I started off with 15mg of MS Contin but it made me feel a bit nauseous. My doctor then switched me to the current dose I mentioned. However, as of the first of the month, I am without health insurance. Unfortunately, I cannot stop taking these meds not only due to the fact that I am in severe pain (abdominal and of unknown origin... polyps but docs not sure it's that reason), but also because I am dependent.
So, to answer your question, yes, Oxycontin is more powerful b/t 1.5X and 2X's as powerful. I will need to request the MS Contin (or morphine sulfate ER) in order to save money. I'd rather deal with a bit of nausea than severe pain and going through withdrawals. If you have insurance, I would highly suggest sticking with the Oxycontin. Because of the manufacturing of this medication, it is intermittently sold as the generic. Every once in a while I get lucky and my pharmacy has the generic brand but it is never a guarantee... unfortunately, as I am now without insurance. So once it was either paying $10/month or $30/month and now it could be as much as $200 for Oxycontin name brand (which I just won't and cannot do). I will be asking my primary care physician to change my prescription to morphine sulfate ER 30mgs to start to see if that is comparable to the 20mgs I am supposed to be "upped" this next month. He is very careful about how and what he prescribes. I am not an "addict" in the derogatory sense of the word, rather dependent due to my circumstances and the bodies need to have this medication in it's system now.
I apologize for this being so long. But I agree with the others in the way these medications work. This is my personal story and opinions. I hope it is helpful to some who are looking. I came across this blog just as I was also looking for some help because of the recent loss of my health insurance.
3 May 2010
i have been on everything from tylenol 3's to fentanyl, including dilaudid, mscontin, oxycontin and opana.. i rthink that taking any one of these drugs over a long period of time reduces their affectiveness.. but i am now switching back to oxycontin 40 mgs from 60 mgs mscontin. i found that mscontin was not a reliable pain reliever for me and i remember feeling better on oxycontin. i am also on roxicodone for breakthrough pain 60mgs 3x a day..along with oxycontin 40mgs 2x a day..i am hoping that i will find more relief. everyone is different and you have to figure out for yourself what will work better for you..just remember that if you are in severe pain , nothing will make it go away. you have to learn to live with a certain amount of pain and adjust to it..but these drugs can take the edge off and allow you to function.i do believe that oxy vs ms, oxy will come out on top.
19 Jun 2010
I am currently taking 30mg MS Contin for Pain from Hip Replacement Surgery, I have and am taking Percocet 10/325 for a broken hand, and have run out of the MSContin, I have been given 4 10 mg Percocet daily.
Because of my tolerance I dont feel the percocet even when taking 4 at one time, however in my case the MSContin 30 mg is better than 30mg of the Oxycodone as it lasts like 8 hours or a little more while the Oxycodone dosen't last longer than 5 hours.Today I took 30mgMSContin and 2 10mg Percocet, they are different so they Both help the pain but it seems in different ways, I dont feel and euphoria but the pain has been relieved better than with one or the other. In my opinion, the MS Contin is not quite as strong as the same MG of oxycodone, but being it lasts longer and cost so much less, like $1 for a 30mg MS Contin as to over $2 per 10mg Percocet
31 May 2011
First off before I answer your question billy2 I want you to understand if your abusing this medication or if your taking pain medications to get high I strongly encourage you to stop and receive help due to the danger of it and because it's illegal as well as stupid. As for your question I could assure you MS Contin is way more stronger than Oxycontin and few people know this which is better since Oxycontin is the choice it seems for addicts. Oxycontin is Oxycodone without the Acetaminophen but with the strength or equivalent of the number of Oxycodones combined in a slow released tablet/pill. I know because I've taken every pain medicine you could think of due to a lower back injury that required surgery and life long existing problems. I could say my current prescriptions are helping me a lot than the prescriptions from the past.
My current ones for my back are MS Contin 100mg 2x daily, Oxycondone 4x daily, Gabapentin 300mg 3x daily, and currently prescribed Tramadol 50mg as a trial to see if there is any benefit but should only be taken when not in conjunction with Oxycondone. Now the reason people are dying with Oxycontin is because they don't know anything about the drug. The drug is dangerous just like all the other pain medications and that's why it's monitored closely by doctors and pharmacist. People abuse the drug with no medical reason other than to get high and it turns out that they over dose because there's a limit to what the human body could handle. That's why I say to all reading this; if you have no medical problem/s that require a Dr.'s prescription then do not use, PERIOD!
9 Aug 2011
The person saying the 1.5 answer is correct.However the ms contin is much better for controling back pain.I take both the ms contin 60 mg 3x per day and the oxycodone 30 mg 3x per day for breakthrough.I use to take the oxycodone and oxycontin 30 mg but the oxycontin was way to $$$.However i am glad i switched because the morphine works better on the back pain.When i done some research i found that the studies confirm that people with severe back pain have better results with morphine because of the resepters they work on.But since i have switched the oxycodone seems to cause me headaches and i may ask to have them switched to a morphine product even if its a lesser mg.The only problem is the docs aways have a problem with the patient asking for a certian drug over another due to addiction.Hope this helps
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