I didn't even know they had changed them until after I'd taken one & to me they aren't as strong, like maybe not dissolving all the way or lasting anywhhere as long as the old ones did. Has anyone had any experience with Opana? If so, what are the strengths & how do they compare with Oxycontin & their strengths.
This question has also been asked and answered here: What's the difference between Oxycontin OC 40 and OP 40?
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.
I was in a prolonged ( 5.5 week) coma after a truck went out of control and broke every bone in my body.
I have been through the gambit of pain relievers. Morphine made me ill, and Hydrocodone made me foggy, ... both caused severe constipation.
I have used Oxycontin for 6 years.
I started out at 80, moved to 60, then due to my constipation got down to 20 mg twice a day( with breakthru meds)
This allowed some small pain reduction, and no constipation.
My wife "snitched" on me to the doctors about my extreme pain levels, as I was accepting and trying to function at a 6-7 pain level so I could stay fully alert.
Doctor wanted me to go up to 40 mg twice a day, and we compromised at 30 mg
30 did help. No constipation. not foggy either, and pain level stayed at about a 5, which was not fun, but I could get by!
I stayed at 30 for last year and a half
The new formula is killing me!
I get heartburn 24/7, and am constipated.
My tongue stays green, and I am at a level 5-7 all of the time... and there is more-
Sometimes after 8-9 hours It is as if the pill has completely vanished from my system.
I have found gummy partially dissolved pills in my stool on 3 occasions.
The doctors have commented I may need to go up in dosage, but I know I do not need a higher dosage.
I am displeased with the new formula, and looking for advice or guidance.
I have blindly joined and signed up for a class action suit, that I was approached with by an attorney.
He is promising folks financial restitution
I DONT WANT MONEY.
I finally found a dosage and medication I could tolerate, and Purdue has screwed it up, in an effort to "look good" to the powers that be.
Oxycontin no longer is the same medication, and it is not just me. I am in a pain support group, and in therapy to this day, and the name Purdue, and the effectiveness of Oxycontin has become a joke among both patients and hospital staff.
I already wrote in about how poorly Oxycontin OP is working for me. I have been taking the Oxycontin OC for 6 years now, after going through a dozen other pain management meds. The Oxy OP does only about half the job of its previous formula, and I too find undissolved pills in my stool.
Purdue is trying to make themselves look good to the FDA at the expense of patients well being!
I did hear back from Purdue with a complaint form. After I spent two hours on the phone with Purdue, giving them all of the details, phone numbers to my pharmacy, my doctor, my case manager, and more... they sent me a form to fill out.
I am severely disabled, and the form asks me to do ALL of the legwork for them, as if I were the one who was being questioned. The letter asks that I go back to the pharmacy, and obtain the lot # of the pills , and to get the UUID of the product. The letter gave me other difficult tasks. This letter went further to state that "in the event lot # or any other information is left out or incomplete, Purdue labs will consider the investigation closed , with no further contact".
Way to go Purdue. You have turned the tables on the disabled!
YOU are the one whose product is on "trial" here, and you already have all the phone numbers, names, and addresses. Why can't YOU contact the pharmacy and get the lot # instead of sending a paralyzed person back out to do YOUR job, before considering the "investigation" closed.
Purdue Labs is paying "lip Service" to make themselves appear to be in compliance. They have already shown that their proving to the FDA that they are "working on the abuse problem" is MUCH more important than the patients welfare.
Now they have shown that They are only making a token attempt at "studying this issue"... also just to make themselves look good in the eyes of the federal agency FDA.
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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