Differences Of Oxycodone and Oxycontin As Powerful Addictive Drugs

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What Is The Difference Between Oxycodone & Oxycontin? There are two painkiller giants with an infamous reputation, known as Oxycodone and Oxycontin. With names and effects very similar to one another, it's easy to confuse the two prescription medications. There are however, several differences which should be noted; especially for individuals taking the medication for health-related reasons, as well as those who abuse it.

The first thing to be aware of, which many are disillusioned about, is the myth that oxycontin is a generic form of oxycodone. Oxycodone is the pure form of the painkiller medication. Oxycontin is made up of oxycodone; however, oxycontin is a time-release designed pill. This means that while it has a different name, the prescription pills Oxycontin are still purely made up of Oxycodone, thus making it not a generic Oxycodone, but a time-release version.

As partly explained above, the main difference between Oxycodone and Oxycontin is that the latter is a time- released pill. Oxycontin is designed to help manage long-term chronic pain. Over a period of twelve hours a certain amount of milligrams of the drug is released from the pills into the body to help battle pain. On the other hand, Oxycodone does not contain any time-release properties and once ingested releases the full amount of the drug into the body immediately. This makes Oxycodone a drug used primarily for break through pain management, which has to be taken every four to six hours to continue controlling pain levels (if no other pain medication is used).

The two drugs also have differences pertaining to overdose rates and dangers. Oxycontin has a much higher rate of accidental overdose fatalities, due to the fact that one pill contains a high amount of medicine, designed to be slowly ingested over a long period of time. Those who abuse Oxycontin typically chew the pill. By doing so the time-release mechanism becomes totally void and the full dosage of the painkiller is released immediately (instead of slowly over a short period of time).

While many are aware of the time-release mechanism, not so many are aware of the dangers of ingesting such high proportions of the drug so quickly. This often leads to the idea of chewing the pill to get quick and powerful effects without considering the danger of high amounts of drugs being ingested. This decision leads many to experience drug overdose, ultimately requiring hospitalization or medical personnel.

Oxycodone is not deemed "safe" for prescription pill abusers either. While it is plain and clear how many milligrams of the drug will be ingested with each pill, it is hard to know how much is too much without the strict direction of use from doctors. Oxycodone is responsible for a high amount of accidental overdoses due to how easy it is to miscalculate how many pills should be taken, and how often.

The final difference between Oxycodone and Oxycontin lies in its use in other medications. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller which is used in combinations with other drugs to form other pain medication. For example, the drug Acetaminophen used with oxycodone forms the medication known as Percocet. The different combinations used are meant to target different effects and pain management levels. Oxycontin, which is composed of pure oxycodone is not used in combination with any other medications.

While both prescription pills can be extremely effective in managing long-term chronic pain neither should be used outside of doctor orders.

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