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Is Oxycontin and oxycodone the same thing?


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June 19, 2014 9:04PM

Oxycodone is the active ingredient of both Oxycontin and oxycodone, and at first glance it may seem like they are the same, but they are not .

The problem with Oxycontin is that a large percentage of the oxycodone is immediately released, while the rest is released over time. The purpose of this is to give immediate relief of pain, while keeping pain controlled over time with the delayed absorption of part of the medication.