The Cost of Oxycontin Prescription and Oxycontin Street Prices

by Dr. Rich on July 30, 2011

Cost of Oxycontin

Cost of Oxycontin

Finding The Cost of Oxycontin

The cost of Oxycontin can vary a great deal depending on the dosage and which pharmacy you choose to buy it from. Oxycontin is a time-release medication which releases into the body over a span of 12 hours in a patient. Therefore, when prescribed by a healthcare professional, Oxycontin is usually taken twice a day. Since Oxycontin is prescribed for long term pain rather than mild and short-term pain, the cost of Oxycontin can become very expensive if a patient has to take two pills daily over an extended period of time.

The Different Dosages and Cost of Oxycontin

Oxycontin, a prescription form of Oxycodone, can be sold in 10-milligram tablets on up to 160 milligram tablets. The cost of Oxycontin will vary according to dosage. A 10 milligram tablet can cost around $1.25 or more, while a 120 milligram tablet can cost around $14 or more. Therefore, in one month, a patient who is on Oxycontin can pay anywhere from $70 to $600 depending on what dosage they are on. However, because of its high potency, Oxycontin has a high abuse rate, and is being sold illegally for nearly five or six times as much when it is sold legally.

Will Insurance Pay for Oxycontin?

There are a few insurance companies who do include payments of Oxycontin cost, but not all. If a patient’s insurance does not cover the cost of Oxycontin and they cannot afford it, there are other options for patients to pursue. There are medical assistance programs out there that can help. If you or someone you love is in this situation you can consult your doctor’s office as they are generally aware of what programs are available.

Where to Find Oxycontin

Since Oxycontin has a high addiction risk, many pharmacies have stopped keeping it in stock for fear of robbery. Oxycontin should only be prescribed by a doctor and should only be obtained at a pharmacy. Trying to get Oxycontin online or on the street can be very harmful and can even lead to imprisonment. If a patient is suffering from chronic pain, he or she needs to seek immediate help from a healthcare professional and can discuss options with their doctor about how to alleviate their pain in a healthy and secure fashion.

The Addiction Risks of Oxycontin

Oxycontin is prescribed by healthcare professionals for the relief of moderate to severe pain a patient may feel from injuries, cancer, or arthritis, among others ailments. When taken orally, Oxycontin is designed to release over a span of twelve hours. Oxycodone, the active ingredient in Oxycontin, is a controlled substance; therefore, there are specific rules and regulations in place when a patient is prescribed Oxycontin.

The risk of abuse and addiction is very high when using Oxycontin because of its high potency. When a patient starts to take Oxycontin it goes into the blood stream and affects the brain and spinal cord. Because it is a pain reliever, the feeling Oxycontin gives can be euphoric and alleviate all feelings of pain. When a patient takes Oxycontin for a prolonged period of time, the body gets used to it and it becomes harder to stop taking it. Also, weaning off the drug can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms and can be very difficult for patients to do. If a patient abruptly stops taking Oxycontin, the same withdrawal symptoms can follow.

It is important for someone who is facing Oxycontin withdrawal to get medical help. Attempting to go through withdrawals alone can be difficult and painful. Seeking help in a safe and secure environment can be easier for a patient. Under the supervision of a doctor a patient can help become less dependent on Oxycontin.

Oxycontin Treatment Directory

Dr. Rich is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with licenses in Texas and Hawaii. He specialized in the treatment of opioid addiction with buprenorphine and runs a FREE locator service to find Oxycontin Treament including Suboxone treatment of oxycontin addiction. Oxycontin Treatment Directory in your area.
Dr. Senysyzn has written more articles on the cost of oxycontin, buprenorphine (Suboxone) including frequently asked questions and a Suboxone Doctor Directory.

 

More Resources on the Cost of Oxycontin and oxycontin street prices can be found here:

  • Abuse – OxyContin Diversion and Abuse – The abuse of oxycodone products in general has increased in recent years. In April 2000, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study, which examined two data collection sources. The DEA Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) data tracks the distribution of oxycodone and other opioid analgesics and the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Medical Examiner (ME) and Emergency Department (ED) data ascertained the health consequences associated with its abuse from 1990 to 1996.
  • OxyContin Factsheet – How much does OxyContin™ cost? • When legally sold, a 10-mg tablet of OxyContin™
  • How much does Oxycontin cost from the pharm? – I might be switching to Oxycontin 80mg from my fent patches. I will have to pay out of pocket for them though. So, what should I be expecting to pay for 60 of the 80mg brand name pills? Thanks!

 

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