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Treatment for pain has come a long way since the very first time people discovered opium. It started first as simply harvesting the sap of the unripe poppy seeds. Two millenniums later, we have created techniques to extract pure substances out opium that’s ten times more powerful. Furthermore, we created techniques that synthesize these pure substances to something that’s fifty times more powerful.
One such synthesized opioid is Oxycodone. Created from the base substance, Codeine, Oxycodone is synthesized from Codeine, formulated to be more powerful than codeine, gram per gram. It’s made to minimize the side effects of Codeine while producing a more powerful effect.
Oxycodone has another version of it called Oxycontin. A lot of people ask what the difference are between them. There are a lot of similarities and there are also fundamental differences between the two drugs.
Are Oxycontin and Oxycodone The Same Thing?
Yes, and no. Both of them are oxycodone. Oxycodone can be sold on its own, but often pharmaceuticals combine oxycodone with other supplemental drugs. One such example is that Oxycodone is mixed with an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or mefenamic acid. Other combinations include Naloxone, an anti-depressant, or anti-histamines. The paired medications are either to address specific conditions like muscular injury or to counteract side-effects during long-term use.
Oxycontin is a brand of Oxycodone. Formulated to be pure oxycodone, the special property of this drug is its special slow time-release function. It dissolves in your stomach at a significantly slower rate than that of regular oxycodone. In comparison, Oxycodone effect lasts on the body for 4-6 hours, depending on your metabolism. Oxycontin, however, lasts for 10-12 hours.
Oxycontin is best for chronic pain conditions that need whole day coverage. Oxycodone can also provide the same coverage, but with twice the dosage. This is Oxycontin’s edge over regular oxycodone. In some cases, people still feel pain and have the need to take more. This poses a huge risk to addiction and increased dependence on the drug.
By making a slow release formulation, the drug is released at a proper rate. With the right concentration, this could help you hit the ‘goldilocks’ point where the body has enough opioids to block the pain, but cause the least amount of side effects. This prevents the urge to take more of the drugs.
However, Oxycontin needs to be taken as prescribed. If your doctor tells you to take them at a certain hour, do so. If you miss a dose for more than 4 hours, it is generally advised to call your doctor to ask for advice.
Which Is Stronger?
No. Strength depends on concentration. Oxycodone can come in 10 mg up to 120 mg capsules, and so does Oxycontin. The only way Oxycontin is stronger than oxycodone is if oxycontin has a higher concentration. Effect-wise, if you remove the duration factor, both drugs have relatively the same effect.
In some cases, it can be argued that oxycodone has a stronger effect, gram for gram. 10 mg of oxycodone will be distributed into your body in 4 hours, giving it approximately 2.2 grams per hour effect rate. The same 10 mg concentration of oxycontin lasts for 10-12 hours, giving it a 1 gram per hour effect. This is fixed by taking a higher concentration of Oxycontin, to match your pain-relief needs.
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