Comparison between Codeine and OxyContin

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Codeine is a pain-reliever that can be addictive and cause constipation. Its effectiveness varies between individuals, so it should only be used for pain relief when necessary.

OxyContin is a long-lasting form of oxycodone, a potent narcotic pain-relieving medicine that should be mainly reserved for cancer-related pain. Its use is limited by its potential for addiction and side effects.

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Generic Status

Both Codeine and OxyContin have lower-cost generic versions available.

Ratings & Reviews

Codeine has an average rating of 7.8 out of 10 from 60 ratings on 69% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 15% reported a negative effect.

OxyContin has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from 292 ratings on 82% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 6% reported a negative effect.

Drug Class

Both Codeine and OxyContin belong to the narcotic analgesics drug class.

Side Effects

See detailed information about Codeine and OxyContin side effects.

Pricing and Coupons

View prices for Codeine and OxyContin tablets and oral solutions. Prices are without insurance.

Dosage Form(s) Available

Codeine is available in oral solution and tablet form. OxyContin is available in oral tablet and extended-release tablet form.

Brand Names

OxyContin is also sold under brand names such as Dazidox, Endocodone, and Roxicodone.

Half Life

The half-life of Codeine is 3.5 hours, while the half-life of OxyContin is 5.6 hours.

CSA Schedule **

Both Codeine and OxyContin have a high potential for abuse and dependence. They have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.

Pregnancy Category

See the full pregnancy warnings document for Codeine and OxyContin.

Drug Interactions

Codeine and OxyContin have many known drug interactions. Consult with your healthcare provider before taking any other medications.

Alcohol/Food/Lifestyle Interactions

Avoid alcohol and medications that contain alcohol while taking Codeine or OxyContin.

Disease Interactions

Consult with your healthcare provider before taking Codeine or OxyContin if you have any underlying medical conditions.

First Approval Date

Codeine was first approved on July 16, 2009, while OxyContin was first approved on April 05, 2010.

WADA Class

There is no WADA class information available for Codeine or OxyContin.

More Information

For more information about Codeine and OxyContin, consult with your healthcare provider or visit the website.

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