Whenever you see the suffix "Contin" it means continuous, as in continuous release such as in oxycontin (oxycodone) and mscontin (morphine).
Just a little correction to the previous post: Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the narcotics themselves. Oxycodone is somewhat more potent than hydrodone. Often they are combined with other drugs, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and are marketed under many brand names.
Oxycontin is, as mentioned, is time-release oxycodone. It carries a particularly high risk for abuse and overdose because if it is crushed before ingesting, or crushed and snorted, it causes a huge rush because an amount of drug meant to last 12 hours is released very quickly.
I don't know much about Tramadol.
thanks! I didn't know the differences, now I do. I took tramadol for a few years after surgery, my doctor got lots of samples and gave me bags of it every time I went to him (once a month). I was getting injections in my elbows at the time and he would give them to me for the pain. I have tennis elbow, along with carpal tunnel and neck pain. Anyway, I didnt have trouble getting off them, but I've read on here about them, and never knew that they could be addictive. He had told me they were non-narcotic also.
Anyway, sorry to ramble. Glad to know the differences now though. Thanks again :)
I'll do my best..... Here is the easiest way to look at it, (i think?) ... Percocet has tylenol in it, however, oxycodone and oxycontin are just straight percocet, no tylenol. I believe that oxycodone is the generic name for Roxicodone, which is also obviously percocet without the tylenol. Oxycontin and oxycodone are the same thing, EXCEPT oxycodone is a quick release tablet, and oxycontin is a slow release of the same med. Hydrocodone is the ingredient in Vicodin and Lortab. Although they are all narcotics, vicodin and lortab are lesser strength than the oxy's and morphine. The one I'm least familiar with is tramadol, although I've certainly read a lot about it, only taken it once. As far as I know, and I could be wrong, it is supposedly non-narcotic, but is still highly addictive in some people. I believe that tramadol is more anti-inflammatory type qualities such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. In the end though, these are all addictive drugs, and should be used only as needed, and hopefully that need won't last too long.