tapering off oxycodone-by the dr

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kttn251977
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
is anyone else going through this? get ready if you haven't..... dea says NO more than 4 oxycodone a day. Been a real muther plucker going from 6 to 4. anyone else experiencing this?


RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 mgs 5x day; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed/nausea); Reglan 10 mg. (30 minutes before meal/nausea); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Ambien CR (bedtime); Prilosec 30mg. & Senokot (as needed).
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay...What exactly are you talking about? I take more then 4 a day myself...I know that I have to pay for anything over 40 of the Oxycodone 30 mg. because that's all my insurance will pay for. Are you talking about insurance reasons? Or are you talking about DEA reasons?

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PAlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
Are you talking about percocet or a product that contains tylenol? Or just Oxycodone IR. Also, the DEA generally would not be the ones deciding the number amount of medication that's safe for us to take. Probably would come from the FDA, and they have been reviewing products that contain tylenol.

Where did you get thie information?

PaLady
p.s. As I read your signature it only lists oxycontin. Are you talking about oxycontin? I think it's important if we're going to post about things like this that we do it as accurately as possible. Not saying you're not - but oxycodone isn't in the meds you list so I'm confused.

kttn251977
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry didn't mean to confuse. I like to switch from dialudid to oxycodone from time to time just to keep from being immune. the oxycodone IR was the medicine i am talking about. well, they also did the same with dilaudid.
RX's: Pain Pump; Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 mgs 5x day; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed/nausea); Reglan 10 mg. (30 minutes before meal/nausea); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Ambien CR (bedtime); Prilosec 30mg. & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


PAlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
Who is "they"? I really don't think the DEA is doing this, but I could be wrong. It also may depend on the strength you're taking. Likely that's the FDA. You could check out there website and see if there are any recent alerts.

Did your doctor tell you this or the pharmacy? I'm still not sure what happened in your situation.

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn, the good thing that I see in your post is that you are making this change with the advice of your Dr. We have seen many instances where people decide to do this on their own and it is not recommended. As per the limited number of meds, I know that a panel made suggestions to the FDA regarding products with tylenol but I have not heard that they have acted on it. I talked this issue over with my PCP and he advised me that there have been no definite decisions yet and they are still uncertain what it will mean. Any way, I hope your transition goes well, keep us posted.

josey
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going through the same knda thing- I take 10mgs of oxycodone no tylonal 2 times a day, but the one I'm reducing is the Oxycodone slow release one, I started at 30 mgs twice daily now after about 5 months? I'm taking 20 mgs AM and 25 PM

I have about a year to go, my pain seems to be gone so I'm gonna try going down till I'm done or the pains back

It's hard but the truck is to go REALLY slowly, then there's little to no withdrawl symptoms, except the stamina it takes to go through it for so long

Having any spacifically bad withdrawl symptoms?

kttn251977
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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
just aggrevation for when i am in that hard core pain. i clock watch as i call it. though i had the pump put in it, and it helps, this adjusting is aggrevating. i think if you can prove your pain you should be able to have the meds. i spent the entire night in the hospital with diverticulitis and the dr was almsot refusing to give me pain meds due to the fact i have a pump. i kept telling him it dosen't affect my stomach. he finally gave in to my whining and gave me some dilaudid. i offered to get my dr on the phone to explain how it works since he dosen't believe me.
as for the fda or dea or whoever is doing this i know for sure everyone in my drs office is cut down to 4 a day. i know someone who takes the same dosage oxycodone IR and she was knocked from 6 to 4 as well. its the buzz at the watercooler there.
i somedays feel like a lost cause. i weep for the beauty i don't see in things and can't do. but my voice has no opinion it seems. when did drs stop listening? i wish some pencil pushing fda/dea had my pain and could understand what its like. one day in my life. we cp'ers have other things too.... i suffer from constant diverticulitis as well as depression. as must of us have multiple issues. and my dr wants me to get checked for ms. i swear i don't want another dr treating me like i don't realize i am on a lot of pain meds and i can't be alllowed anything else. but celebrities get anything they want. how?
RX's: Pain Pump; Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 mgs 5x day; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed/nausea); Reglan 10 mg. (30 minutes before meal/nausea); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Ambien CR (bedtime); Prilosec 30mg. & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/19/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
My PM also has the same view. 4 a day but hes doing it in regards to the tylenol in the meds. My fathers script is for no more then 5 a day for the tylenol reasoning also.

It might be that your doctors office is just setting a script schedule throughout his practice for when the new regulations come down. But thats just what I'm seeing....

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PAlady
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   Posted 7/19/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
I know Susie (straydog) has said what a huge difference it's made to her having a new doctor who really is good with pumps. I don't know anything more about them other than what I read here, but I believe she has BT meds. But maybe your doctor isn't maximizing the meds in your pump?

Try to search for some of Straydog's posts about her new pump doctor.

PaLady
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