Avinza (morphine) Avinza (morphine) is long acting and once day. Hence it is better as you do not have peaks and troughs. Oxycontin is touted as being designed as q 12 hrs but it usually ends up as a q 8hrs or even a q 6 hrs. It is highly addictive for this reason. This is due to an immediate 30% release portion in each tablet so you get a boost every time you take it - not good for a long acting medication.
I am currently taking oxynorm capsules in hospital and they are suggesting I go onto slow release oxycontin but I don't know if it will suit me as I struggle with morphine?
It may be OK. Oxycodone is available in a long acting form called oxycontin. In that form the oxycodone is released over a period of time- between 8 and 12 hours- for most patients i see it is 8 hours. Oxycodone is also available in immediate release form which generally lasts for 4 hours. So an immediate release 15 mgm tablet every 4 hours would generally be equal to Oxycontin 30 mgm every 8 hours. Read more...