Okay, I’m back and better than ever…been side-tracked with other important dealings! Don’t worry, not a day went by where I didn’t think about GPA.com. I did a lot of daydreaming about the blog: Me, sitting in a quirky office or in the comfort of my own home or on some tropical island…you get the point (ahhh, the beauty of the internet!) working on GetPharmacyAdvice.com. Pure joy and contentment filling my life because I’m finally able to better help people with drug-related questions or issues. I’m here, there and everywhere and still able to provide this service (on my own accord and time schedule, I must add)!
Back to reality.
Here’s a pressing matter, not really, but let’s make believe for a second here! I had to do a little investigation earlier today because the increasing number of phone calls from patients seeking the “OC” oxycontin as compared to the “OP” oxycontin was really starting to peak some serious interest.
It didn’t take me too long to figure out what all the fuss is about!
Here’s the deal, oxycontin (we’re talking brandname) has been reformulated…the old form was imprinted with “OC”, the new tablets are stamped with the letters “OP.” The two tablets are said to be bioequivalent (meaning they have the same active ingredient and should absorb into your body at the same rate and extent).
When you have two bioequivalent tablets, it would be unlikely that they would differ significantly in their therapeutic or adverse effects. However, there are a couple of differences between the two oxycontin tablets, not counting the difference in what’s imprinted on the pills.
Difference #1: The new tablets take a little longer to get to peak levels in the body, which may make it seem less effective.
Difference #2: The new tablets reach a slightly higher peak level in the body, which can cause more side effects.
Difference #3: The new tablets are harder to crush or chew . It’s not easy to turn them into a powder to snort or to dissolve them to be drawn up into a syringe for injection. Bottom line, they’re harder to abuse so they’ve lost their street value!
For those who find the new oxycontin tablets are really not working for you, ask your doctor if you can titrate the dose or even switch to a different opioid of a long-acting nature.
Need more info or have some questions? E-mail me at Cate@getpharmacyadvice.com or leave a comment below.
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