I am a bit confused. My doctor gave me 15mg Oxycodone HCL which from my research is oxycottin? Which from my understanding is the same as percocet, just without the acetaminophen and it's time released. Correct?
Here is where I am really confused, I was originally taking 10/325 oxycodone immediate release tablets... he now gave me the 15's to bump me up because I have been taking the 10/325's for so long for my chronic illness, and my sickness is getting worse causing more pain, but that's besides the point. My question is.. if I am thinking correctly, wouldn't time released be weaker then what I was originally taking? Ill use the number (30 mg) to make the milligrams round out for my "math" to be equal and easier to make sense
So if I took (3) 10/325 immediate release pills. then I would instantly be getting 30mg of oxycodone..right? but now, if I take (2) of these 15mg time released pills, they wont be as strong because they release slowly over a long period of time.. right? Beacuse it would be 30 mg of oxycodone over a period of time instead of being instant... so to get the same effectiveness would I need to crack the 15's in half so they work faster or just the same as taking (3) instant release 10/325's?
Or am I completely wrong?
Added 14 Aug 2013:
I just wanted to update what I was, and now am taking.
I was originally taking Oxycodone HCL-APAP 10/325 MGMCK (Generic for Percocet 10/325)
I have now been prescribed. Oxycodone HCL 15mg Tablet (Common Brand Names: OxyIr, Roxicodone)
So is what I have now the same as what I was originally taking? Just 5mg stronger?
Very confused. Just want to make sure I dont take too much. Only what I need. Also want to know if I need to crack these so they work as fast as what I was originally taking..Im confused about "time release". That sounds like "takes longer to kick in" to me.
I didn’t read the other responses but the answer is, Oxycodone 30 mg tablets is the immediate release. Oxycontin is the extended release; they are not the same thing. The IR meds are the workhorse, ER are the supplement to extend the power of the IR. Because of that, doctors shy away from giving a patient two IRs as part of their treatment plan. There are times when they have no choice for one reason or another.
4 Sep 2018
They're both immediate release, however, the new prescription is stronger than the 10/325 and is oxycodone not oxycodone/Tylenol.
22 March 2015
I was o percocet 5/325 for 2 years then they put me on 10/325 now I been taking that for over 3 years and now its no longer working does any one know what the next step would be plz help I am slowly but surely getting worse
6 Nov 2013
I wonder why so many people get tripped up over the difference between Contin & Codone? And the brand names too? I'm not poking fun at anyone or anything. Wikipedia always clears it up lickety split for me :-) it's just an observation, something I find interesting, that Codone and Contin get so confused so often.
26 Aug 2013
No its not oxycontin but it is a pretty good dose if oxycodone with out the tylenol.
14 Aug 2013
oxycodone 15mg are just immediate release oxycodone like Percocet but without the acetaminophen. It is NOT oxycontin. Oxycontin doesnt have a generic right now so it would be written as Oxycontin on your bottle. So rest assured that you have immediate release plain oxycodone. One point about extended release medications, you never, ever want to split them or crush them or alter them in any way. It is thinking like that which gets people poisoned. 30mg is 30mg whether it releases right away or over 8-12 hours. I do understand your thinking but that could be very dangerous and could lead to overdose. Take the medications as prescribed. Follow your Drs instructions to a "T". To do otherwise can constitute abuse. With strong opioids like oxycodone, you have to stick to the prescribed dose and not take more or more often.
Your Dr can dismiss you from pain management for doing those kinds of things (just as a word of warning) When a Dr figures a dose for long acting pills, he takes the mg taken over a 24 hour period then divides that in half. For example, say you were taking oxycodone 15mg 1 tablet every 6 hours so the total dose in 24 hours would be 60mg so he would give this person Oxycontin 30mg 1 tab every 12 hours
14 Aug 2013
You're completely wrong. Time released pain meds are the best for chronic pain, because they keep a steady level in your body. Immediate release pills can be used for any break thru pain. You won't "feel" the effect with the time release, because of this. It works better for pain relief. If you have time release you cannot break it, it will negate the time release effect and you'll get it all at once. People have killed themselves accidently doing just that. Now, a small med lesson: Oxycodone is the immediate release Percocet is oxycodone and tylenol Oxycontin is the sustained release form of oxycodone. Your dr has the correct idea on managing your pain. Follow his directions and don't change how you take things. Its the safest way.
14 Aug 2013
Hi there, the new med you have been prescribed is not time released. The brand name for the version of oxycodone you have been prescribed has IR at the end which means "immediate release". If a med has the word "contin" or the letters "XR", "XL", "ER" etc... in the name that will mean it is an extended release med. The new med that you were prescribed has no acetaminophen and more oxycodone, but is not time released. I hope this helps!