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Is there a difference in effectiveness between oxycontin and dilaudid for chronic pain?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
6 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

In general, any opioid can be as effective as another if carefully titrated to an effective dose.
That stated, different opioids bind mu, kappa, and delta receptors differently and each patient's genetics, liver function, and kidney function can affect how they work.

In brief: Possibly

In general, any opioid can be as effective as another if carefully titrated to an effective dose.
That stated, different opioids bind mu, kappa, and delta receptors differently and each patient's genetics, liver function, and kidney function can affect how they work.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Edwin Perez
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Oxycontin

In equivalent doses they are equipotent.
Some people are sensitive to the nauseating effects of Oxycontin and those people would do well with dilaudid.

In brief: Oxycontin

In equivalent doses they are equipotent.
Some people are sensitive to the nauseating effects of Oxycontin and those people would do well with dilaudid.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Equal analgesia

Dilaudid is immediate release and will last 4-6 hours.
Oxycontin is time release and will last 8-12 hours. It is a time release version of oxycodone. 4 mg of Dilaudid is as potent as 10 mg of oxycodone.

In brief: Equal analgesia

Dilaudid is immediate release and will last 4-6 hours.
Oxycontin is time release and will last 8-12 hours. It is a time release version of oxycodone. 4 mg of Dilaudid is as potent as 10 mg of oxycodone.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Oxycontin is an extended release drug and will last much longer than dilaudid.

In brief: Yes

Oxycontin is an extended release drug and will last much longer than dilaudid.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Brian Le
Pain Management

In brief: Narcotic addiction

All narcotics have addiction potential.
The more powerful/potent drug, the higher potential for addiction. In general, people are addicted more to short acting opiate than long acting opiate.

In brief: Narcotic addiction

All narcotics have addiction potential.
The more powerful/potent drug, the higher potential for addiction. In general, people are addicted more to short acting opiate than long acting opiate.
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