How to Compare Opana & Oxycodone

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Pain medication helps millions of people live a more comfortable life.
Pain medication helps millions of people live a more comfortable life. (Image: pill, pills image by laviniaparscuta from Fotolia.com)

Oxycodone and Opana are semi-synthetic opioids used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Opana is actually the registered name of an oxymorphone tablet manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Both drugs have similar effects with the biggest difference being cost.

Dosage

The dose ratio between oxycodone and oxymorphone oral preparations is about 2:1. Oxymorphone requires about half as much medicine by mass to reach the same comfort level as oxycodone in pain treatment.

Oxycodone requires twice as much medicine as oxymorphone to achieve similar effects.
Oxycodone requires twice as much medicine as oxymorphone to achieve similar effects. (Image: pills image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com)

Effects

The desired effect of both oxycodone and oxymorphone is generally analgesia or pain relief. Other uses include sedation and treating dyspnea, or shortness of breath. Both drugs have similar side-effects such as decreased respiratory function, nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and more.

Physicians and nurses inform patients of the desired effects and risks of medications.
Physicians and nurses inform patients of the desired effects and risks of medications. (Image: doctor t image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

Cost

In the US, oxymorphone tablets are only available under the trademarked name Opana. Oxycodone was developed much earlier and is currently available in generic preparations. For this reason, oxycodone is significantly cheaper than oxymorphone.

Oxycodone is more commonly prescribed due to a drastically lower price than Opana.
Oxycodone is more commonly prescribed due to a drastically lower price than Opana. (Image: money money money image by Arman Zhenikeyev from Fotolia.com)

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