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Can someone please explain to me the difference between oxycontin and oxycodone?

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MeggieGirl 11 Jan 2017

Sure, Oxycodone contains something like Tylenol while OxyContin doesn't (pure opiate & fillers only), and Oxycodone has a peak plasma rating of maybe 2-4 hours, while OxyContin is meant to be a 12-24 hour medication. I hope this helps!

DancnDar 11 Jan 2017

They are both the same medicine except that OxyContin in the extended release form (lasts 12 hours) of Oxycodone. If you get just oxycodone then it's immediate release.
When oxycodone and Tylenol are together is called Percocets.

Windchimes123 11 Jan 2017

Hi Twanab,

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.

bobsy 12 Jan 2017

Windchimes123 some of your information is incorrect. Vicodin is a brand name for hydrocodone/ APAP (APAP is shorthand for acetaminophen or Tylenol) in the category of generic hydrocodone. Oxycodone is the generic name and Percocet is the brand name for oxycodone/APAP, which is generic for Oxycodone.

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