... The one that has OP on it.. On webmd someone was saying the outside was coated with polyethalene, which is a polymer.. Are they not making it the other way or should you ask your Dr. to write the prescription for brand name only?
This question has also been asked and answered here: What's the difference between Oxycontin OC 40 and OP 40?
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This has been the most asked question as of late! Seems to be a lot of controversy over purdue's new oxy formula.
I do not take it anymore, so just hang in there until other members can answer your question.
I don't know if you have been reading my thread of Side Effects for new OP Oxycontin or not. I pray you are not one of the one who are so sick from it as I am and many others.
I didn't get sick at all until after 8 days on the new kind. I know I got severely constipated before that but I had constipation totally under control after being on the same dose for 9 of 11yrs of taking Oxycontin.
After truly trying to give this new formula a chance for the side effects to go away, I was also getting a lot less pain relief. By day 25 I knew I had a few of the old kind and took only one at night with no Percocet (which I usually have to) and felt better with that one dose than I had since I got sick on it.
My doctor even ran tests last Friday to see if any of my flu like symptoms could be anything viral or bacterial and found nothing.
She believes this is the medication also now.
I started to vomit on the 8th day after feeling okay. The very next day I woke up feeling a fever and flu like symptoms that wouldn't go away until I took the one dose of the old kind on 9/29 at night.
That night I felt better than I could even believe and all my symptoms went away within 3 hours of taking it. I stayed up late because I actually felt so much better and then slept like a baby with pain relief.
I now feel that the new formula is at least 50% less effective after taking it for a long amount of time in less than one month after being able to take one of the old kind.
I knew I had it but truly tried to get used to the new OP kind.
I am extremely allergic to any other long acting opiate and I can't just change to a completely different kind. I can't take anything with morphine in it at all as I've ended up in the ER.
I've also ended up in the ER from Fentanyl and even tried the Opana ER last year and felt like I was breathing through a straw.
The old formula Oxycontin never made me sick even though it did take a long time to get the constipation under control.
If you are one of the people with bad side effects on this new OP, please call Purdue Pharma as if they don't know, they won't even try to fix it.
Unfortunately the junkies have already figured out new ways of abusing it that is more dangerous than the old.
People are going to die from this; esp the abusers in higher numbers than the old OC formulation.
I too have heard that there is some type of polymer used to make this new kind which probably isn't helping either.
I hope we can all get our old ones back that worked and gave us pain relief.
I am a responsible and compliant patient and I can't help what junkies do and have never lost or had my meds stolen and wouldn't dream of selling one for anyone to abuse.
Please let us know how you are doing on this new kind.
The manufacturer of the old style Oxycontin, Purdue Pharm, acquired Ethex Manufacturers to distribute the OC's for them. It's being marketed in generic form as Oxycodone ER in 80 mg & 40 mg only, but unfortunately only Walgreens is carrying this brand name. Let me warn you though, pretty much every pharmacy is very hesitant to give any information what so ever concerning Schedule II medications over the phone, unless they know you due to the rash of daytime robberies not too long ago looking for, you got it, Oxycontin!! There's one more company that distributes the 20 mg only, called Apotex. As far as I know once again, Walgreens only carries this. You must completely trust & believe me when I tell you, IT REALLY IS EXACTLY THE SAME MEDICATION. It's says OC on one side & 80 on the other, is the same exact color & same size.
It will begin to melt in your mouth, if for some reason you can't swallow it immediately, so that alone tells me they ARE NOT the OP's. The OP's gave me horrible stomach pains with worsened constipation. Worse of all (I'll swear on a mountain of Bibles, too!!) those darn things passed completely through my intestinal tract & on out completely whole, without dissolving at all. Now you tell me, how can a medication perform its duty if it can't break apart to let the chemicals do what they're suppose to do? Recently I read they've discovered yet another dangerous side effect from them. If you have a damaged liver, etc.,be careful because whatever they have used for the reformulation to make it abuse resistant, has the possibility of causing further or additional problems or damage.
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I truly hope this give you the answers you seek & you're a little less stressed & the future looks a little bit more positive. Don't hesitate in letting me know if you need help with anything else...
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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