This question has also been asked and answered here: What's the difference between Oxycontin OC 40 and OP 40?
There is no difference in the active ingredients. Purdue Pharmacueticals made the new version (OP) more difficult to crush/ abuse this highly addicting medication in the hopes of preventing accidental overdoses. The OC version is being phased out. So when pharmacies order oxycontin, it will be the OP version.
The Oxycontin with the OC on one side are not produced any longer. The new version ,OP stands for Oxycontin Purdue & when a pharmacy has to reorder any strength of Oxycontin, they will automatically receive the new OP version. They will not have a choice. They changed the chemical compound (none of the actual drug was removed) by adding something that would make it nearly impossible for people to abuse it. They were abusing the drug by crushing it to snort, dissolving to inject or chewing them to get a maximum high. That's the good news. The bad news is that whatever they added to it has changed how well it works & how long it lasts. Let me know what you experience when you get the new ones, please.
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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