If your doctor has chosen to transition you from OxyContin® to Xtampza® ER, you can rest assured that Xtampza ER and OxyContin both contain the same pain reliever, oxycodone.
Helping you transition from OxyContin to Xtampza ER
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Capsules and tablets are not actual size.
The number of oxycodone milligrams in OxyContin is the same as the corresponding dose of Xtampza ER. OxyContin appears to have more milligrams because oxycodone HCl weighs more than oxycodone.
In a clinical study, Xtampza ER provided more pain relief than placebo.
Answers to common questions about transitioning to Xtampza ER
The pain reliever in your medication will stay the same. Both OxyContin and Xtampza ER are forms of extended-release oxycodone.
The difference is that OxyContin releases its active drug through a coated layer on its tablet, while Xtampza ER releases its active drug from each tiny bead inside its capsule. The prescribing information for OxyContin includes a warning saying that the tablets must not be crushed, chewed, or dissolved. The prescribing information for Xtampza ER doesn’t require this warning.
Xtampza ER is designed to maintain its extended-release characteristics, even if it is crushed, ground, cut, or dissolved. That’s why Xtampza ER is able to offer you several different ways to take it, which is really important if you have difficulty or dislike swallowing pills. You can take Xtampza ER by swallowing the capsule whole, by sprinkling on soft foods, or by sprinkling into a cup and then swallowing.
The use of Xtampza ER may result in serious, life‑threatening, or fatal respiratory depression even when used as recommended.
Like OxyContin, Xtampza ER is taken twice a day, every 12 hours. Xtampza ER MUST be taken with food. That’s because food helps your body absorb the medicine to relieve your pain. Take it with approximately the same amount of food each time.
Xtampza ER will have a lower co-pay for most people. There’s also an Xtampza ER co-pay card for eligible patients.* Click here to download the card.
*Offer valid for commercially insured patients only. Maximum savings limit applies; patient out-of-pocket expense may vary.
Always ask your healthcare professional if you have more questions about the transition.