Sorry Megs. I have to agree with Daancin on this.
OxyContin is the long acting drug 8-12 hours. It's formulated with a matrix system (active med inter layered with active med and inactive in a hard shell. The purpose is to be absorbed throughout the whole GI tract. The other reason is so they can't be abused by crushing and snorting.
Oxycontin can go from 8-12 hours so 2-3 tabs for 24 hour period.
Oxycodone is the *****SA version of above. It dissolves rather quickly with glass of water. It lasts 4 - 6 hours so you would need 4-6 tabs per day. Now technically you are presumed to be sleeping 8 of those hours. Also you are only to use these for breakthrough pain not controlled by OxyContin. You will probably get 3-4 pills/ day.
Do NOT take these meds lightly if you have never taken them before! They can cause respiratory depression which can lead to death if instructions are not followed perfectly.
He will probably start you off on Oxycodone. It's short acting & a little bit safer. First time user ? You will get a higher monthly supply if you are not taking OxyContin. If your pain levels are increasing and you are taking the max amounts, is when they will convert you to the OxyContin with Oxycodone only when needed for break through pain.
These very effective drugs are going to be a thing of the past. The government is determined to get all illegal drugs off the street even if it means not allowing the legal use by the chronic pain users. :-(
It's not good to use different families of pain meds together. Find one and stick to it if it's effective and the side effects are not an issue. Both Oxys are a family.
***** You must take a stool softener and a laxative if needed. You WILL get constipated! Drink a glass of water especially with the short acting because it helps in the absorption and you will get improved results.
Vicodin and Percocet are for short term moderate pain (post-op- ex). Vicodin can also be used as a severe cough suppressant.
Vicodin is the stronger of the two being a Class 2. It contains acetaminophen and Oxycodone.
Percocet is weaker and it's a Class 1. It contains acetaminophen and Hydrocodone.
BOTH of the also have a high incidence of constipation. Water, stool softeners and if no bm in 3 days do a laxative.
It's late here and I probably could have explained the it better if I wasn't so tired.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Best wishes ...
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