I'm not sure what you are referring to when you ask about the "original" OxyContin. The drug was first approved by the FDA and made available for prescription back in 1996 or '97, and yes, to this day it is still available, both in its brand-name as well as in generic formats. However, the 160mg tablet was pulled from the market several years ago - even though it is still referenced on numerous sites, including this one - but all other strengths, up to and including the 80mg tablet, are available.
If, by "original", you are referring to the drug's formulation, then I guess the only potential difference would depend on whether one obtains the brand-name or the generic equivalent - the generic's buffer is likely somewhat different than that of the brand-name's. Otherwise, both formats deliver a time-released quantity of oxycodone (an opium alkaloid derivative called thebain) over a 12-hour period. OxyContin doesn’t contain aspirin or acetaminophen, unlike other immediate-release formulations of oxycodone (like Percodan, Percocet, or Tylox, to name a few). Of course, neither do the generic equivalents for OxyContin.
I think this will have answered your question. If not, let me know, but just give me a few more details as to what you mean by "original".
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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