Re: What is the diff between Oxycontin and Oxycodone?
There are more on this board that can definitely give you more technical information regarding the difference between the drugs, but here are the basics. Oxycodone is basically percocet without the tylenol added and is a short acting opiod pain medication, meaning that it only lasts for a few hours and does not build up in your body. This means of course that you have to take it frequently throughout the day and generally as patients get used to it they have to take more and more to control the pain. Most docs when they see this happening will consider a change to a long acting med, to avoid many future problems. Oxycontin on the other hand is in the highest class of opiod pain meds, similar to morphine and fentanyl. It is a long acting pain med that would be taken on a regular schedule, usually 2 or 3 times a day. It works by building up your blood plasma level and keeps the pain controlled at all times. For flare ups of extra bad pain, you would then use a breakthru short acting pain med, such as oxycodone, although I think most docs, generally prescribe something a little less potent for a breakthru med., like something in the hydro family, it just depends on the doctor.
I'm surprised with your level of pain, and the apparantness of the fact that you seem to be a Chronic Pain patient that you are not on a Long Acting pain med already. What type of doctor do you go to, to control your pain, if I may ask?
Well I hope this explanation was not to rudementary, if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.