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Oxycontin vs. Oxycodone

Both these drugs Oxycodone and Oxycontin belong to the similar drug class named opioids. They give you relief from the pain by binding the receptors in your brain and spinal cord and by doing so they block the pain signals. Consequently, you get relief from the pain. Oxycodone and Oxycontin are two forms of the similar drug. The one which gives immediate-release (IR) and the other one is the extended release. The immediate-release form of the drug Oxycodone is available as a generic drug, whereas the extended-release form of this drug is available with the brand name Oxycontin. Both these drugs have oxycodone as an active ingredient; the difference comes due to the difference in the time of action. The oxycodone gives you quick relief from the pain, which lasts around 6 hours. Contrary to this, the oxycontin spreads slowly into your blood and gives up to pain relief of twelve hours.

Key Differences

Both of these drugs belong to the drug class called opioids and are the two different forms of the active drug, oxycodone.
The oxycontin is mostly prescribed twice a day as it has long-lasting affect up to 12 hours. Conversely, the oxycodone gives up to maximum 4 to hours pain relief. Therefore, it is recommended four times in a day.
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Jul 17, 2017
The oxycontin is essential in dealing with the long-term pains. Usually, that is caused by cancer. On the other hand, the oxycodone deals with the moderate to severe pains due to injury or even due to surgery.
The oxycodone gives the immediate relief from the pain. Contrary to this, the Oxycontin comes up with extended relief from the pain.
The Oxycontin is the brand name, whereas the Oxycodone is recognized as the generic drug (oxycodone).

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Brand name.
Generic drug (oxycodone).


Extended Relief
Immediate Relief


Twice a day as it has long-lasting affect up to 12 hours.
Four times a day, with maximum affect up to 6 hours.

Type of pain

Long-term pains (caused by Cancer).
Moderate to severe pains due to injury or even due to surgery.
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Jul 17, 2017

Oxycontin and Oxycodone Definitions


A semisynthetic opioid drug, C18H21NO4, used in its hydrochloride form as a pain reliever, often in combination with nonopioid analgesics such as acetaminophen.


(pharmaceutical drug) A synthetic analgesic drug (trademark OxyContin) that is similar to morphine in its effects.

What is Oxycontin?

The Oxycontin is one of the forms of oxycodone; it comes in the pure form, the only thing which makes it recognized as the total different brand name is the quality of providing extended release. People often think that the oxycontin is the other name of oxycodone, but it isn’t so, it is the brand name that has oxycodone as an active drug. The thing which adds up the confusion between the generic name and the brand name is that many of the experts still name Oxycontin using its active drug name along with the quality of extended-release. So often this drug is named ‘oxycodone extended release’; it has the capacity of giving up to relief from the pain up to 12 hours. The phenomena of introducing oxycontin were quite simpler; to broaden the strength of the oxycodone drug. In the generic from it gives immediate release but as oxycontin, it comes up with extended-release. The Oxycontin is used to deal with the longer-lasting pain. It is usually used as a pain reliever for the cancer patients, which suffer from the pain for the longer time as it is a long-term disease. The basic function of oxycontin and oxycodone is quite the same as both are there to give relief from the moderate to severe pains. The oxycontin is based on the formulation of sustained release, it is slowly released into the body and keeps up it action for at least 12 hours. As per the general prescription by the doctors, 10mg of oxycontin is recommended every 12 hours a day.

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is the pain drug that belongs to the drug class called opioids. They give the relief from the pain by binding to receptors in the brain and the spinal cord, which results in the blockage of the pain signals. In the immediate release from, the Oxycodone is available as a generic drug. The thing which differentiates it from the oxycontin is that it gives a quick relief which just lasts from four to six hours. In many of the prescriptions, oxycodone is recommended in combination with the Percocet. In some cases, the oxycodone may contain chemicals like Tylenol, whose abnormal intake can lead to nausea and vomiting. As the oxycodone is recognized as the immediate-release drug, it can deal with moderate to severe pain but that too for just a time frame of four to 6 hours. Unlike oxycontin, the oxycodone is available in three forms; as an oral tablet, oral capsule and the oral solution. In all of its three forms, it can be taken even by crushing. The oxycodone medication gives up to six-hour relief, so it needs to be taken around thrice times a day. It quickly gets dissolved in the body and is seen as one of the best opioids, which gives the immediate relief from the pain. The usage of this drug in combination with alcohol is strongly prohibited as it can even lead to the death.

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