does anyone else have this prob.?
Hi Rambo. The new version of oxycontin (op) has the same active ingredients as the oc. The only difference is the manufacterer made the pill harder to crush and abuse. I am by no means accusing you of abusing this medication. Depending on how long you've been prescribed this medication, you may simply be building a tolerance to it. Please discuss this with your prescribing doctor as this (oc) medication is being discontinued and replaced with the op version. If you are having difficulty controlling your pain, ask your doctor to please prescribe you a different medication that will help.
Good luck to you and hope you get your pain under control.
I was swallowing whole, two 80's mg (1 morning & 1 evening) & two 40's mg (at different times for breakthrough ain), plus 150 mcg Fentanyl patches (worn for 3 days), before the change, and it made my pain a little more than bearable. These new OP ones have no effect on me except keep the withdrawals at bay, but I'm having to take them 4-5 times a day. Different people have been saying that they aren't dissolving completely after taking & my own doctor said that another patient of his said that it passed completely through his system & came out whole, so I did a little at-home-test of my own. I covered an 80 mg in water & even 48 hrs later, all that happened to it was the colored coating dissolved, it turned rubbery & when touched it had a stretchy gooey substance on the outside, but it didn't even begin to dissolve.
I've done a little research & came up with a possible replacement to Oxycontin. It's called Opana ER & it comes in 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 & 40
mg. It also comes in an immediate release (Opana IR), but I don't know the different strengths.
All in all, Purdue, the company that manufactures Oxycontin, has ruined this medication & I can't see them not doing something to correct the problem sometime soon if all of us let them know what has happened. I understand there is a widespread problem with people abusing Oxycontin by way of crushing, smoking, inhaling or injecting it, but this was not the right solution, especially without giving their patients any prior warning.
Good luck to you.
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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