Once and for all, is the original oxycontin still being made?
Question posted by Anonymous on 31 March 2011
Last updated on 25 August 2019 by PM MD
There are two companies: Mundipharma and NAPP Pharmaceuticals (also Sandoz makes generic oxycodone HCL ER). These companies make OxyContin “so called old formula” in these dosages - 10,20,30,40,60,80,120MG. I am concerned about why so many people are taking the old formulation tablets while the new formulation is much safer and sure you can’t make powder out of it, well that’s the whole point.
I am aware to the best of my knowledge that residents of those countries have access to for personal use if prescribed.
In addition, if I write monthly script and my patient goes to UK and stay there over 25 days, he is allowed to fill his prescription with whatever OxyContin they have available in their legal Rx establishments, if he or she will receive “old formula” rather than Tamper Resistant Formula that being made by Purdue Pharma LLC in the US, I am not concerned as 30 days is not a big deal, and I strictly monitor the use of oxycodone in my patients.
But to answer it shortly, YES IT IS STILL BEING MADE AND SADLY BEING SOLD ON THE BLACK MARKET IN ONLINE PHARMACIES TO THE US.
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 uses and safety info
- OxyContin information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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