i have ben on oxycontin 10s for quite some time due to me ripping my foot off back in april of 2010. i always recieved the oxycodone exdended release pills which are the generic brand for oxycontin. i recently went to refill my script and they gave me the name brand OP 10MG tabs. they feel like plastic and they dont work at all im taking a lot more than i used to my doc dont know what to put me on now does anyone have any suggestions of a painkiller i can use that will give me the long term pain relief without me having to take 4 to 5 pills more a day than usual. belive it or not my doc is puzzled and asked me to ask people online and pretty much tell her what i want to be on lol. thank you any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. god bless u all and happy holidays
21 Nov 2010
Oxycontin got a bad name from people crushing them so the oxycodone got into their system right away, instead of over time. The new oxycon. OP cannot be crushed or dissolved in water so therfore will not be abused as much. I have heard other people say they don't work as well. Just curious--are u shore that you wern't taking the regular oxycodone 10mg. 10mgs is an awful low dose to be released over time.
21 Nov 2010
Your are late to this discussion because up until this month there were still the old formula oxycontin 10mgs out there. The oc tablets. The people like me on higher doses have been going thru hell since Perdue changed the original formula. They just changed out the 10mgs this month so you are noticing that they are useless.
They took out the short acting component for one thing and added some compounds to make the pill gell if some one trys to snor or shoot it. So many people are suffering and want off this stuff myself included. Call Perdue like so many of us did to let our voices be heard besides pain pills are not just for the junkies. Ask your doctor to put you on short acting like oxyir and see if that helps.
Long acting there is Kadien, Avinza, ms contin, hydromorphein. Since you are on 10 mgs you should be able to wean off these awful pills and make a switch by taking oxyir;s they are not long acting but taking more of the 10mg oxycontin is not going to help in the long run. More risk of becomming physically dependent on a bad pill. good luck to you, I have been suffering for 90 days now and I am weaning off 80mgs three times a day. The change happened in August. The pharmacist should tell people when they get this for the first time but they don't bother. Your are probably not absorbing the medication that is what seems to be the problem so you have more pain plus you have withdrawl not fair is it.
Hope this helps some.
21 Nov 2010
Here is Purdue Pharmaceuticals Official Statement regarding the reformulation of oxycontin. Purdue holds the patent on Oxycontin until 2013. I have heard some members have been obtaining the "old" oc at higher mg's at Walgreens, however, distributed by another company.The new OP (all strengths) will be replacing the regular OC version by the end of 2010. Many people are having problems with this new medication. Here is Purdue's official statement and the reps you can contact with any concerns/complaints, or questions you may have.
(203) 588-8069 (office)
(203) 856-2121 (mobile)
(203) 856-7670 (office)
(203) 609-1291 (mobile)
April 5, 2010 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Purdue Pharma L.P.'s New Drug Application for a reformulation of OxyContin® (oxycodone HCl controlled-release) Tablets.
The reformulation has met FDA criteria for bioequivalence to the original formulation, which means there is no significant difference in the rate and extent of absorption of the therapeutic ingredient.
While similar in appearance to the original formulation, the reformulated tablets have a different marking ("OP") than the currently marketed tablets (marking "OC") and the 60 mg and 80 mg tablets are slightly larger in size than the currently marketed tablets.
Purdue elected to reformulate OxyContin® to be bioequivalent to the original formulation and in an effort to make the tablet more difficult to manipulate for the purpose of intentional misuse and abuse, however, there is no evidence that the reformulation of OxyContin is less subject to misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose or addiction.
OxyContin® continues to be a CII controlled substance with all the attendant risks of Schedule II opioids, specifically that the drug has a high potential for abuse. Use, misuse, or abuse of the drug may lead to physical dependence or addiction (addiction is sometimes referred to as "psychological dependence"). In addition, alteration of the tablet in any manner poses significant risks of overdose and death. The Full Prescribing Information contains warnings about the potential for abuse, diversion, overdose and addiction, including a boxed warning (see below).
Indications and Usage
OxyContin® is a controlled-release oral formulation of oxycodone hydrochloride indicated for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.
Limitations of Usage
OxyContin® is not intended for use on an as-needed basis.
As used here, "moderate" and "moderate to severe" pain do not include commonplace and ordinary aches and pains, pulled muscles, cramps, sprains, or similar discomfort.
OxyContin® is not indicated for the management of pain in the immediate postoperative period (the first 12-24 hours following surgery), or if the pain is mild, or not expected to persist for an extended period of time. OxyContin® is indicated for postoperative use following the immediate post-operative period only if the patient is already receiving the drug prior to surgery or if the postoperative pain is expected to be moderate to severe and persist for an extended period of time. Physicians should individualize treatment, moving from parenteral to oral analgesics as appropriate. (See American Pain Society guidelines.)
OxyContin® is not indicated for pre-emptive analgesia (preoperative administration for the management of postoperative pain).
OxyContin® is not indicated for rectal administration.
Important Safety Information
OxyContin® is contraindicated in patients who have significant respiratory depression, patients who have or are suspected of having paralytic ileus, patients who have acute or severe bronchial asthma, and patients who have known hypersensitivity to any of its components or the active ingredient, oxycodone.
Opioid analgesics have a narrow therapeutic index in certain patient populations, especially when combined with CNS depressant drugs, and should be reserved for cases where the benefits of opioid analgesia outweigh the known risks of respiratory depression, altered mental state, and postural hypotension. Use low initial doses of OxyContin® in patients who are not already opioid-tolerant, especially those who are receiving concurrent treatment with muscle relaxants, sedatives, or other CNS active medications.
Serious adverse reactions which may be associated with OxyContin® Tablet therapy in clinical use are respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, and circulatory depression, hypotension, or shock. The most common adverse reactions (>5%) include: constipation, nausea, somnolence, dizziness, vomiting, pruritus, headache, dry mouth, asthenia, and sweating.
Working with the FDA, Purdue has developed a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for OxyContin® Tablets. The OxyContin REMS includes a Medication Guide, Elements to Assure Safe Use, such as healthcare provider training and a timetable for submitting assessments of the REMS.
The Company expects to begin shipping all dosage strengths of the reformulated product (10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg and 80 mg) to distributors and pharmacies during the third quarter of 2010, at which time Purdue will cease shipping the original formulation.
"We will work with distributors and pharmacies for a smooth transition to the reformulation that will maintain product supply and protect patient access," said John H. Stewart, President and CEO of Purdue Pharma L.P.
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