the oc's 80 helped me function much better and i was able to work without pain
This question has also been asked and answered here: What's the difference between Oxycontin OC 40 and OP 40?
Many people are having problems with the OP medication. The intent was to make the pills tamper proof so people couldn't abuse them anymore. Check around on the Drugs.com site and you will find many stories and questions regarding these changes. I would ask your pharmacist for the FACTS regarding the changes. I heard they still produce the regular OC in 10mg and 40mg but through a different distributor. Call the Walgreens pharmacy nearest to pain management clinics. They will probably have the best most accurate information.
Good luck to you,
I got information from the threads on "bluelight" posted by "puff". I called my Walgreens pharmacy to verify what I read. My pharmacist told me they carry the the original formula in 10mg and 40mg. It is still made by Purdue, but marketed by Ethex. I used to take oxycontin. I ended up in a methadone treatment program just in time, I guess you could say.
All these poor people in pain over the new formulation has gotten me involved. Last week my niece's boyfriend overdosed on the OP's. He rarely took pain pills recreationally. When he didn't get high he took an extra about an hour later, still not high after another half hour he took another. They went out to eat (he never did get high) after eating he went home to bed and never woke up, it is such a tragedy.
Personally I think the coating on these new ones is so strong that some people can't break the pill down in their digestive system. Therefore it passes through the body through your body in whole form in the process of elimination.
I have a question thread on here titled; Side Effects on New Oxycontin OP. I've been on the new OP 40mgs since 9/6 and became very ill on 9/14 with vomiting all day. The next day I woke up feeling like I had the flu w/ a fever. It is now 9/27 and I still don't feel right but I'm not nearly as sick to my stomach. My doctor who I saw last Friday told me to take more Percocet as she did some research before my appt and said she believes that both the coating on the outside is preventing the drug from dissolving properly in the system and the change of compounds on the inside are causing withdrawal symptoms. My meds are due on 10/5 and when I see her she is considering switching me to either more Percocet a day (I now take 4 a day) or put me on the Oxycodone IR for breakthrough pain in a higher dose than my 10/325 Percocet.
I have severe allergic reactions to all long acting opiates in the past 11yrs even trying Opana ER last year only to find I couldn't breathe after only taking one pill. Oxycontin never made me sick at all when every other one tried on me put me in the ER.
I am also thinking of changing to the Ethex formula which is the generic version but I've tried it a couple years ago when it came out and it is also less effective by about 40%. I do not want to take higher doses of pain medications but I may not have the choice.
I do recommend that anyone having problems to call Purdue Pharma complaining of the symptoms/side effects, and ineffectiveness of this new OP formula.
I highly doubt they will change it back unless the abusers start dying off easier and/or faster than on the old OC formula.
Trying to protect a much needed medication for true chronic pain patients they have made it where it is harming us and not helping us.
I understand what you are going through completely. I have kept my thread question open so that we can all compare side effects and possibly a change with Purdue as many of us are either sick from it and/or not getting the pain relief we need. I fall under both of those.
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