I copied & pasted the info for you, please.
Hydrocodone is an opioid (morphine-like) medication. It is an active ingredient in several hundred different prescription drugs. In these medications, hydrocodone is always combined with at least one other active ingredient (most often acetaminophen); hydrocodone is not available by itself. Although most often used for pain relief, hydrocodone is also used as a cough suppressant.
The medication is a narcotic and is a "controlled substance" in the United States.
Each Lortab 7.5 (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets) /500 tablet contains:
Hydrocodone Bitartrate... 7.5 mg
Acetaminophen... 500 mg
OPANA ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release) is indicated for the relief of moderate to severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time.
OPANA ER is not intended for use as an as needed analgesic.
OPANA ER is not indicated for pain in the immediate post-operative period if the pain is mild, or not expected to persist for an extended period of time.
OPANA ER is only indicated for post-operative use if the patient is already receiving the drug prior to surgery or if the post-operative pain is expected to be moderate or severe and persist for an extended period of time.
OPANA ER extended-release is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic supplied in 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg tablet strengths for oral administration.
Rajive did a great job explaining the differences in the meds. I just want to add that the Opana is quite a bit stronger than the hydrocodone and that a 40mg dose of Opana should not be taken by an opiate naive person. The normal starting dose for Opana is 5-10mg every 12 hours then may increase 5 to 10 mg every 12 hours every 3 to 7 days as needed and tolerated. A person who normally takes hydrocodone should not jump to a 40mg Opana. It is too large an increase. Also Opana 40mg is a long acting drug and should not be split or broken as it could release a fatal dose of medication.
excuse me (don't me to be rude Dzoobaby) I take the extended release Opana 40mg 1 tablet every 8 hours, I am not sure how it works but I believe that Opana comes in a short acting form which does not last an extended dose, if memory serves me right it comes in tablets of 5mg and 10mg. but please check with the doctor or pharmacist to be sure. hydrocodone (as Rajive explained is a short acting opiate drug. but as Dzoobaby said it's very IMPORTANT not to jump from a short acting drug like hydrocodone or any other into an extended release drug that's why I also thought SHORT ACTING OPANA might be something for you to check into. Please be sure you are safe!
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