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Does OxyContin have Tylenol, acetaminophen or aspirin in it?

If you have been prescribed OxyContin, you want to be sure that medication does not interact with other medications. So you want to know what’s in it. That’s normal.

But you should be warned that repeated doses of OxyContin over a period of as little as a week can lead to physical dependence. In fact, this risk of dependence is moderate to high, so talk with you prescribing doctor about the risk and be sure to take OxyContin only as prescribed. Physical dependence on Oxycontin does require a period of withdrawal in order for the drug to leave your system. More on symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal here.  But what is in OxyContin? And can the drug interact with other prescription pills?

OxyContin active ingredients

OxyContin contains oxycodone hydrochloride in all strengths as its main active ingredient. Currently OxyContin contains oxycodone as a single ingredient product and is NOT compounded with other products such as Tylenol (acetaminophen/paracetamol), aspirin or ibuprofen. However, other brands do contain such combinations. These include:

Oxycodone + acetaminophen

  • Endocet
  • Lynox
  • Magnacet
  • Narvox
  • Percocet
  • Perloxx
  • Primlev
  • Roxicet
  • Taxadone
  • Tylox
  • Xolox

Oxycodone + aspirin

  • Endodan
  • Percodan
  • Roxiprin

Oxycodone + ibuprofen

  • Combunox

OxyContin alsoe contain the following inactive ingredients: ammonio methacrylate copolymer, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), hypromellose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 400, polyethylene oxide,, povidone, sodium hydroxide, sorbic acid, stearyl alcohol, talc, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.

Generic forms of OxyContin

You don’t need to buy a brand name drug if you are prescribed doses of oxycodone for pain relief. This is true of OxyContin other formulations. In fact, if you are looking for oxycodone mixed with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen these types of medications are also available as generics. Ask your pharmacist for more information.

OxyContin and oxycodone are habit forming

OxyContin is generally prescribed for chronic and moderate to severe pain. But it is also a strong opioid pain medicine that can be misused and taken for non medical reasons. You should only swallow OxyContin tablets to allow for the time release to work. If you cut, break, chew, crush, or dissolve OxyContin before swallowing, this is a sign that you are seeking the euphoric effect of OxyContin, and may develop mental dependence on the drug.

How to know if you have a problem with OxyContin? Review the symptoms of pain medication addiction so that you can evaluate your addiction potential now.

Reference sources: American Society of Health System Pharmacists topic on oxycodone
Purdue Pharma manufacturers info on OxyContin (oxycodone HCI controlled-release) Tablets CII
FDA drug safety sheet on OxyContin

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One Response to “Does OxyContin have Tylenol, acetaminophen or aspirin in it?
Thomas
5:44 am July 29th, 2011

One problem with doctors prescribing drugs like OxyContin is that if they have never experienced an addiction they just suppose it’s not too tough to deal with. Non addicts don’t understand addiction. So you need to be very aware of yourself. We have proven with brain scans that if you have one addiction to anything you are at a way higher risk to take on another, and OxyContin is known to be one of the most addictive drugs out there. That’s why it didn’t get the FDA approval the first time it was on the table.