I was informed that perdue is only producing the new so called abuse proof form of oxy-contin marked OP instead of oc. is this true? and if not where is it available? I find this new formula is nowhere near as afective.
This question has also been asked and answered here: What's the difference between Oxycontin OC 40 and OP 40?
I am hearing through a friend, also an emplyee of Purdue Pharma, that the new OP has taken the place of the old OC. Not that many of us care because they are not good for managing pain w/ all the bad side effects. BUT the old formula was directly sold to another large pharmaceutical company (he could not remeber which one) but I want to say Mallinckrodt. So what we need to do from here on is ask that the pharmacist give you the "generic" oxycontin. This is merely hearsay but I will be trying it when I fill my script this month. Hope this helps everyone!!
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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- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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