So... this is not another "What is the difference?" thread as I've seen a few times before - but rather one of the reasons I registered to post rather than continuing to lurk as I've been doing for some time, is to share the experience of SWIM regarding these two drugs, since it's somewhat (radically) different than just about everything I've read here so far. That said - I'll preface my first real post by saying: I love you folks. I've gotten so much from reading this board it defies quantification. Also, if I accidentally use "I" instead of SWIM, it's just an abbreviation (SWIM). I've personally never used an opiate in my life, of course.
By way of background, SWIM has extensive experience with chronic pain, and its treatment, including in more-or-less chronologic order: hydrocodone, percocet, plain oxycodone/oxyIR, oxycontin (up to 40 TID/ 60 BID doc Rx'd, 120mg at a time self-Rx'd), dilaudid (4mg by mouth, 2-4 IV in hospital, recently up to 16-20mg IV at home), duragesic/fentanyl patch (50mcg/hr worn, eaten, smoked, etc), MS Contin (yuck), and others I'm sure SWIM forgot to mention. Most notably, though, in the last two or three months SWIM has been prescribed the elusive and reclusive beast: OPANA . The important distinction here is that it's opana IR, not ER. I think therein lies the key. SWIM's Rx is for 10mg three times a day - either 84 5mg pills (blue) per 2 weeks, or 42 10mg pills (pink) per 2 weeks.
They are water-soluble. The more water you use, the easier it is to draw up. With not enough water it can seem like it's gooping, but it's not. With enough water (SWIM uses a 3ml syringe with an 18-gauge needle to draw it up, then a 25 or 27 gauge needle to ... um ... you know). IV, it is spectacularly euphoric according to SWIM. Lasts longer than D. 10 or 15mg IV is superduperpooperscooper good for someone who comparably will use 16 or 20 of D by the same route. SWIM wouldn't waste it orally. Hasn't really experimented with it nasally. You can cold-cook it. Piece of cake. Works great . If you cold-cook it, you can then hot-cook the rinse and it still works again. Save some cottons (not for very long of course) and then use them to make a solution you can take per poop chute. Then sterility / cotton fever is not an issue. Or, if you just decide to use the out door as the route of administration in the first place, works great.
Why do I write this book of a post? Well, first of all it's been burning a hole in SWIM's pocket, so to speak. They've been wanting to do so for a while, so it feels good to get it off their chest. Second... they wanted to make sure that - to anyone who is already so inclined, that they have the appropriate understanding of the differences between the ER (SWIM has never seen it) and the IR (two thumbs up) versions. Also, a dose-comparison to D is given for reference purposes (though as with anything, START SMALL!!!!).
Most of all though, SWIM felt bad that their friend Opana was being so maligned by so many. They decided they needed to stand up for the reputation of the otherwise trash-talked Opana. Since SWIM can't type, I decided to be their vector. As I said earlier, the closest I've come to an opiate is watching Opie season on Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel.
May you all have a wonderful opiated day. You all rock.