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What is the Difference Between Oxycodone and OxyContin?

Understanding these differences between oxycodone and OxyContin is crucial for those who have been prescribed either medication or are seeking information about opioid painkillers The Bluffs Addiction Campuses
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Oxycodone and OxyContin are both powerful prescription opioid medications used to treat moderate to severe pain, but there are some key differences between the two. Understanding these differences is crucial for those who have been prescribed either medication or are seeking information about opioid painkillers.

OxyContin is a brand-name prescription medication that contains oxycodone as its active ingredient The Bluffs Addiction Campuses
OxyContin is a brand name prescription medication that contains oxycodone as its active ingredient

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from thebaine, an alkaloid found in the opium poppy. It is the active ingredient in several prescription pain medications, including Percocet, Percodan, and OxyContin. Oxycodone works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing the perception of pain and inducing feelings of euphoria.

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin is a brand-name prescription medication that contains oxycodone as its active ingredient. It is an extended-release formulation designed to provide long-lasting pain relief. OxyContin tablets are designed to release oxycodone slowly over a 12-hour period, allowing patients to manage pain with fewer doses throughout the day.

Key Differences Between Oxycodone and OxyContin

  • Formulation: Oxycodone is available in both immediate-release and extended-release formulations, while OxyContin is only available as an extended-release medication.
  • Duration of action: Immediate-release oxycodone provides pain relief for 4-6 hours, while OxyContin’s extended-release formulation offers pain relief for up to 12 hours.
  • Dosage: Oxycodone is available in various dosages, ranging from 5mg to 30mg, while OxyContin is available in higher dosages, ranging from 10mg to 80mg.
  • Abuse potential: Both oxycodone and OxyContin have a high potential for abuse and addiction due to their potent opioid effects. However, OxyContin’s higher dosage and extended-release formulation may make it more appealing to individuals seeking to misuse the medication.

Side Effects and Risks

Oxycodone and OxyContin share similar side effects and risks, as they both contain the same active ingredient. Common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness and sedation
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching and sweating
  • Dizziness and headaches

More severe risks associated with oxycodone and OxyContin use include:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Increased risk of overdose
  • Physical dependence and addiction
  • Withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation

Treating Opioid Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with oxycodone or OxyContin addiction, seeking professional help is crucial. At The Bluffs Addiction Campuses in Ohio, we offer comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs tailored to your unique needs.

Oxycodone works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing the perception of pain and inducing feelings of euphoria The Bluffs Addiction Campuses
Oxycodone works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord reducing the perception of pain and inducing feelings of euphoria

Our services include:

  • Medical detox: Our medically supervised detox program helps you safely withdraw from opioids, minimizing discomfort and ensuring your well-being.
  • Therapy: We offer individual, group, and family therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction and develop coping skills.
  • Medication-assisted treatment: We may prescribe medications such as buprenorphine or methadone to help manage cravings and reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Aftercare planning: We work with you to create a solid aftercare plan, including ongoing support and relapse prevention strategies.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards recovery, call The Bluffs Addiction Campuses at 850-374-5331. Our compassionate admissions team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and guide you through the process. With the right treatment and support, you can overcome opioid addiction and reclaim your life.

The Bluffs is a private alcohol, substance abuse and mental health treatment facility located in central Ohio.

The central Ohio location means we are also just a short drive (or even shorter flight) from Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.

Our goal is always to minimize the out-of-pocket costs for patients coming to The Bluffs. We work with many major health insurance plans and providers such as America’s Choice Provider Network, Anthem, Beacon Health Options, BlueCross BlueShield, First Health Network, Humana, Magellan Health, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Mercy Health, OhioHealth, Prime Healthcare, UPMC Health Plan, and the Ohio Department of Veteran Services

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