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Oxycontin / Oxycondone / Oxycodone ????

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Pain Medications
The Term OXY is probably one of the most used here in the forums when the topic centers around pain medication.
Many times there is a lot of confusion regarding this medication and others that start with OXY.....

Oxycodone APAP contains tylenol [/u] and is marketed under the names of Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Endocet

Oxycodone HCL (Hydrochloride) [u] does NOT contain tylenol[/u]
That can come in the format of:
Oxycontin ER (Extended Relief) 10,20,40,80 and at one time 160mg
Oxycodone IR (Immediate Relief) 5mg- Capsules 5,15,20mg-Tablets ** Latest updated per RiteAid and Hospital Pharmacy

Another name that comes up so often and should not be confused is Hydrocodone
which [u] does contain tylenol (acetaminophen)

This is marketed under the names:
Anexsia, Dolorex Forte, Hycet, Liquicet, Lorcet, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Vicodin, Xodol, Zydone

This can all get confusing, especially when you see a prescription written and then you see what is on the pill bottle.

Bottom line the proper source for all information regarding medications is with your pharmacist and your doctor.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 


  • Hi Dilauro,(sp)

    One of my Rx is Oxycodone HCL 15mg every 6 hours. I confirmed with my Pharmacists this is a immediate release. I have been given this for breakthrough pain. Did I misunderstand your post that this only comes in 5mg tabs?

    Thanks for any info you have.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528
    From what I have been told and from some pharmacey reports,
    Oxycodone IR comes only in 5mg in the USA.
    I've looked an all I see is the 5mg tablet.
    I have been using this for two years now and my Pain mgt doctor has told me, depending on the pain levels I can take
    2-3 tabs (max) at one 4 hour interval. She said that many patients are comfortable with 7.5mg, which means breaking one in half.
    The Immediate Relief medications can be broken in half, while Extended Relief medications should NEVER be broken or crushed.

    My post was from information from pharmaceutical journals , drug manufacturers and Internet searches.

    But as I said before, the bottom line should always be
    with the Pharmacist. They are the ones dealing with all different medications on a daily basis. If the Oxycodone IR does come in more than 5mg, then I want to go back to my original post and make the correction.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528
    I just picked up this information regarding Oxycodone IR.
    SO already, I have enough conflicting information to make me do more research to make sure the information I originally posted was correct.

    DIN (Drug Identification Number)
    02240131 OXY-IR 10MG TABLET
    02240132 OXY-IR 20MG TABLET
    02231934 OXY-IR 5MG TABLET
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Just called Pharmacy again to verify. I get this at CVS, Las Vegas, NV. My PM doctor told me could break these in half if needed, but they are so small my pill cutter doesn't like them. I always questioned that, now I know its OK to cut but I don't think I would want to bite into it even though I have a tooth ache. =))

    My Rx is Immediate relief, Oxycodone HCL 15mg tablet.
    So they are making higher tabs now. :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528
    I updated my original post.
    I just spoke with a RiteAid and Hospital Pharmacist

    Oxycodone IR Capsules 5mg
    Oxycodone IR Tablets 5,15,20mg
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Roxicodone is also a name frequently used for those immediate release oxycodone HCL; I had them at 15mg each at one point in time, and yes they are quite small! (to the point where I'm not sure a 5 year old could break one i half...)
  • Thank you for doing the research Ron! =D>

    Another thing I might suggest to others like me is verify your pills! When you receive your new RX verify the numbers written on the pill (number can be on one or both sides of pill) matches what is on the label as a description. If I have never taken med before I look it up under "Pill identifier" on web. I also verify pill count.

    The reasons why I do this is because Pharmacy has made mistakes on my dad's RX before. If I didn't catch it he could have been in serious trouble! :jawdrop: I know Pharmacies double check everything but they are human. Now there also was a skimming pill count thing going on at one of the local Food Store chain RX. I never heard what happened with a lawsuit or anything but 2 months ago that particular store has been completely closed.

    I know that we all deal with a lot but our medications are part of our lifeline. It really scared me when they messed up dads RX, he is diabetic with heart problems. You wouldn't know it to look at him, he runs circles around me and is my rock! So take that little extra step to ensure you're taking the right pill, they all begin to look alike especially when pharmacists changes manufacturers or uses a generic instead of your normal brand.

    Sorry if thread got off track a little.
  • You are aware that all of these pills, both IR and LA have a generic and the LA now comes in 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, 100, 160 mg. The IR also comes in 30 mg. I have taken it for almost a year and then went back to the 15mg IR. There are many companies out there producing generic oxycodone in both Long Acting and Immediate Release.
  • herrball you may not know this but only one company has legal rights to manufacture extended release oxycodone, and that is Purdue Pharma, with Oxycontin. This is due to patent infringement, and will stay this way until 2014 I believe.. I'm not feeling like finding the pdf on the FDA drug site but this is solid info. Some pharmacies or mail orders still have a little stockpile of the old generics left, but they are almost all gone. It's 'oxycontin' only for the ER stuff now. That's why the new one you mentioned is coming out, so another company can try to get some of the money in oxycodone.. Anyhow.. Thought it worth mentioning.
  • My street corner urban entrepreneur prefers to call it Hillbilly Heroin... 8}

    What does your post have to do with the subject topic?
    Please try to stay within the discussions.
    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health Administrastor, 09/04/08
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