I know my 11 year addiction to oxycodone nearly killed me....but no I don't know the difference. Someone else on here may though. This is a substance abuse forum. Are you trying to get off one of these drugs?
They are the same medications - the difference is that they dissolve at different rates.
As my friend Caregiver222 has commented, oxycodone is oxycodone, no matter what the brand name of the medication may be.
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid-based pain reliever found in about 60 different medications, that is effective for moderate to severe pain. For those who are opiate naive, this is a very strong pain reliever.
Take as directed, please.
Sorry for jumping in on this post.
You teach us something new all the time Philnoir. I've wondered the same thing about these two medications myself. I was also wondering if Oxycodone is the same as Percocet, without the acetaminophen? Are the doses equivalent? Is one stronger than the other at the same dose?
Oxycodone is a GENERAL name assigned to a specific chemical.
Just as "grape juice" is the name given to the juice of grapes, "oxycodone" is the name assigned to the chemical "4, 5α-epoxy-14-hydroxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one hydrochloride." (You can see why they 'shortened' it -- much easier to say!).
Many companies manufacture pure oxycodone.
One of the companies that manufacture oxycodone is "Roxane Laboratories." They call their oxycodone pills, "Roxicodone."
If there was a company called "Billy Laboratories," that made oxycodone, they would probably call it "BillyCodone."
Many people LOVE to "compare" their pills with pills made by other companies. They will say things like "such-and-such brand is STRONGER than this-and-that brand." But, the truth is, they're making it all up in their minds. And that is fine. Whatever makes them happy. To each their own.
The FDA has assured us that generic medications must be bioequivalent (same, identical effect). One company might use yellow coloring, another company might put sparkley sprinkles in it (so you can feel extra special when you take it). Another company might use extra starch so the pill looks bigger (wow, must be really strong), while another company might not use ANY powders/starches (my pill is so strong they had to make it small).
What you do is look on the bottle -- it will tell you the milligram strength of the chemical you are taking. If one bottle says "oxycodone 10mg," and another bottle says "oxycodone 20mg," then the pills that say "20mg" have twice as much oxycodone as the pills that say 10mg on them.
Percocet is a combination of acetamonphen / oxycodone, usually 325mg acetaminophone / 5mg oxy. Percs used to be available in 2.5mg (called Pecocet Demi, 5mg, and 7.5 mg strengths of oxycodone. Don't know if this is true anymore.
Back when I worked the Gallup rodeo, the cowboys would ask me, "hey doc -- got any percs?" and laugh. It was a silly question, especially when asked while taking a bull's rectal temperature. In my experience, Percocet is very popular with both rodeo cowboys and stuntmen, who must hurt all the time.
Generic oxycontin is called Roxycodone by old docs as it was the brand name of only form of pure oxycodone tablets available for many years and only available in 5mg tablets.
Now it comes in many strengths: 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30mg. Those 30mg pills is responsible for a lot of drug addiction, unfortunately.
I laughed so hard at your comment! I do know that you used to be a large animal vet. I can just imagine being asked that question, or any question, while doing a rectal temp on a bull. Ha ha!
Thank you so much for clarifying my question about these two medications.
Thanks for being my biggest fan, Remar. You like rodeo stories?
The rodeo cowboys were different 20-something years ago -- seems like we had more saddle tramps and stunt men looking to pick up a payday. Today guys who ride bulls are world class athletes and with higher entry fees, corporate sponsorship, and professional organizations, only qualified entrants get to ride.
The new rules have saved many from broken bones, concussion, or worse, but also save the animals from injury, which is of primary importance to the rodeo vet.
Pain pills were common around rodeos in those days -- maybe still are? I didn't play and I took some good-natured ribbing anyway.
Maybe little Fluffy gets a few codeine pills after her ovario-hysterectomy, but rodeo vets don't use many pain pills in practice -- opioids can be dangerous with big animals, and we inject with when necessary. Large animal vets make house calls.
Did you know there's a Veterinary Academy of Pain Management these days? Veterinary medicine has become quite sophisticated since I rode the range.
Working as a big country vet is one thing I really miss. Chronic pain is a taker and if you want to stay sane, you have to actively discover the gifts that chronic illness gives -- they are subtle.
OK, ready for it?
The time I heard the "got any percs" jab was after a particularly sneaky bronc knocked me on my a** in the mud with swift kick. :#)