They don't believe oxycodone is the same as oxycontin.
Oxycodone is a short acting form of the opioid and Oxycontin is the long acting form. Both can be abused and both can be very effective pain medicines when taken properly and the patient is overseen by a competent physician. Just because a person takes oxycodone or even Oxycontin doesnt mean they are going to turn into some drug obcessed junkie. Your parents may have legitimate reasons to be taking pain medications. There is a big difference between using pain meds responsibly and abusing them. It is ok to be concerned but dont listen to much of the medias hype about Oxycontin. There are many responsible patients who are well managed on Oxycontin. There is also a great deal of difference between different strengths of oxycodone. Oxycodone and APAP 5/325 is a far cry from say, Oxycontin 80mg in strength. Is there a reason to believe your parents are abusing their medications or are you just freaking out because of things you have heard in the media?
I just have to answer this altho' I believe you have received very good answers already. Some people as myself will always have to take chronic pain meds. It really sounds to me like you don't completely understand your parents heath conditions. Maybe ask them if you could accompany them to their next appoinment, & have their doctor explain these things to you. the drug 'oxy' has gotten such a bad rap with the news etc,,, that most people automaticlly think it's a bad, bad drug. Oxycodone allows me to function a half way normal life style in getting bathed, dressed, & keeping me operational during the day. If it weren't for these drugs neither my husband or I would be anything but in a wheelchair or bedridden. That is not living a quality life. Think about these things, & talk at great length with your parents or their doctors if they agree to it...
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