im trying to find out if so, so i dont have to take both of them
These compliment one another, I'm no expert but I can indeed tell you they are not the same in composition. Typically the Opana is the base (long acting) and the Oxycodone is the breakthrough or immediate release. Again, they work well together. We do have a few experts in pharmacy on the site who can break it down for you more, but I stand by my layman's explanation. Hope this helps.
Opana's generic name is oxymorphone and oxycodone is already a generic name. They are both opioid medications for pain. Usually when you have two opioids given together, one is a long acting preparation and the other is short acting for breakthrough pain. This means that the long acting drug should be the one to take on the clock no matter of your pain-usually every 8 or every 12 hours. This drug is a maintenance drug which should carry the burden of relieving most of your pain. The short acting "breakthrough" drug is for pain that "breaks through" the long acting dose. This drug, you do not have to take unless it is needed for extra pain control.
Some people use them when they do an activity they know will cause them extra pain and some need it towards the end of the long acting drug's dosing time to carry them over until they can take their next dose of long acting drug. A short acting drug can be taken "as needed" rather than "on the clock". A long acting drug will usually be written on the Rx as the name of the drug with ER or CR after it meaning extended release or controlled release and as I said, is usually ordered for every 8 hours or every 12 hours use. The short acting drug may say IR for immediate release or it may just have the name of the drug only with no initials following. It is generally ordered every 4, 6 or 8 hours as needed for pain or it may actually say for breakthrough pain depending on how your Dr has written it. If you can get by on the long acting preparation only, you dont HAVE to take the breakthrough med. You can save it for times when you need something extra. Best thing to do is to talk to either your Dr or your pharmacist to see which drug is the long acting drug and which is the short acting drug, if you dont already know. If they are both short acting drugs, use the one that works the best, ditto for if they are both long acting.
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