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OxyContin vs oxycodone – what is the difference? Essentially, oxycodone is the primary ingredient in Oxycontin. 

OxyContin

Oxycontin is a time-released product that contains oxycodone. OxyContin is a brand name, and oxycodone is the primary ingredient in it. 

Dosage

  • The initial dose for OxyContin tablets is 10 mg every 12 hours for those naïve to opioid medications.
  • Titration or adjustment of OxyContin dose is increased in increments of 25 to 50% no more than every 1 to 2 days until adequate pain control is achieved.
  • Ultimately titration or adjustment of OxyContin dose is based on the individual patient’s response to their initial dose and occurrence of side effects.

Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Oxycodone

Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used for severe pain management typically in the short-term/acute presentation of pain.

Dosage

  • The initial dose for oxycodone is 5 to 15 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain.
  • Titration or adjustment of oxycodone dose is based on the individual patient’s response to their initial dose and occurrence of side effects.

Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

What is the Difference Between OxyContin and Oxycodone?

The main difference is generic oxycodone is an immediate-release medication. OxyContin is a brand name for an extended-release medication. 

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