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Pain Management board

I think the confusion here with the OxyContin is really nobody's fault. There has been so much hype and talk by the media, and just in general about OxyContin, and its addictive properties, and just general news about it. So it gets VERY confusing when people hear of the drug OxyContin.

At the beginning of my back problems, when I first started to go on narcotics, I had absolutely no idea that Percocet has the same active ingredient as OxyContin. I only discovered this after researching Percocet because I was prescribed it.

The way I think of it is this: Oxycodone is the ingredient in all of these medications, just as Hydrocodone is in Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, etc. Oxycodone comes in several different preperations. Percocet is Oxycodone combined with Tylenol, that comes in strengths of 5/325, 7.5/325 and 10/325 (Oxycodone is the first number in each). This is an immediate release form of Oxycodone. Oxycodone also is manufactured in several other immediate release forms: Roxicodone, OxyIR, OxyFast, etc. The one I'm most familiar with is Roxicodone, which I believe comes in strengths of 5, 10, 15, and 30mg. There may be more. For these variations of Oxycodone, there is no Tylenol included, it is just pure Oxycodone, combined with whatever fillers the manufacturers decide to put in the pill. All of these come in generics and brand name forms, and there is much debate as to the efficacy of each brand name and generic pill.

Then there is OxyContin, which I believe is manufactured by Purdue (correct me if I'm wrong). This medication is simply a brand name for Oxycodone manufactured in a time released pill. These come in all different dosages, but it solely Oxycodone (Oxy) Continued Release (Contin). That's the brand name for the medication, but I do know that it does come in some other generic versions, such as Oxycodone SR and others.

It's a very confusing thing when you're dealing with so many different medications and manufacturers, and unfortunately there are some doctors who don't specialize in pharmacology and/or don't have a broad knowledge of medications, and they are misinformed as well. I don't even know if I am 100% right on all of this stuff, but I'm trying to become as well versed as possible seeing that my pain has become chronic and it's something I'm going to be dealing with for a while.

Sorry if I was repetitive at all, just trying to help inform other people with information that I have sought out. Happy holidays to everyone, hope all of them went well, and I wish everyone a very happy new year. Feel better all, and let's hope 2008 is a productive year for all of us.