Hi and this is a great question. I totally agree that you need to listen to your doctor. They are required by the FDA to write prescript
ions for medications in a certain way...the way the FDA says to write them. I've run into this with my doc when I wanted to take less of a medication or at different timing and I couldn't get them filled until the doc rewrote them per the FDA.
Below is part of a warning from the FDA site about
oxycontin and how it's supposed to be taken. It is NOT taken 'as needed' for pain. Older and cheaper drugs can do that Oxycontin was formulated so that you would have pain medication in your system constantly and evenly over time. That's why you need to take it every 12 hours.
Hope this helps,
OxyContin is an opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance with an abuse liability similar to morphine.
Oxycodone can be abused in a manner similar to other opioid agonists, legal or illicit. This should be considered when prescribing or dispensing OxyContin in situations where the physician or pharmacist is concerned about
an increased risk of misuse, abuse, or diversion.
OxyContin Tablets are a controlled-release oral formulation of oxycodone hydrochloride indicated for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.
OxyContin Tablets are NOT intended for use as a prn analgesic.
OxyContin 60 mg, 80 mg, and 160 mg Tablets, or a single dose greater than 40 mg, ARE FOR USE IN OPIOID-TOLERANT PATIENTS ONLY. A single dose greater than 40 mg, or total daily doses greater than 80 mg, may cause fatal respiratory depression when administered to patients who are not tolerant to the respiratory depressant effects of opioids.
OxyContin TABLETS ARE TO BE SWALLOWED WHOLE AND ARE NOT TO BE BROKEN, CHEWED, OR CRUSHED. TAKING BROKEN, CHEWED, OR CRUSHED OxyContin TABLETS LEADS TO RAPID RELEASE AND ABSORPTION OF A POTENTIALLY FATAL DOSE OF OXYCODONE.
Read more: www.drugs.com/pro/oxycontin.html#ixzz0mSOfxcKd
ps...PRN is latin, "pro re nata" which means "for the situation's needs" and is used in medical prescript
ions to mean "as needed".
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