How exactly does the time release mechanism in oxycontin work?
I have 40mg extended release for back pain, (93/32 imprint).
If I don't need that strong a dose and cut the pill in half will it release the 20mg over 12hrs or will it release the whole 20mg at once? I have heard that the outer coating is the time release barrier is that true and cutting in half will release everything fast? I have also heard that the drug is bound in tiny little packets that vary in how long they dissolve so even cutting the pill into quarters or eighths will not be dangerous only if they are crushed to a very fine powder. So what is the story, how does the time release function work and if there are various methods by manufacturer could someone explain them
Thanks D55