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painbehindthebadge
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   Posted 9/14/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
After much thought and 3 1/2 years of agony, I asked my Doc for a stronger pain meds. He gave me a script for 10/325 percocet. Couple questions: Does this med make u constipated? While looking on the internet I noticed this is a fairly high dose. Does anyone know if this is the highest dose you can take? Thanks!

whitfield
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   Posted 9/14/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Percocet 10/325 is a fairly strong dose as far as Percocet goes--5/325 is the most common--but there are many other stronger meds.  Yes, it can and does cause constipation--It happened to me when I first started taking them and is still a constant threat--Now, I try to avoid constipating foods and drink plenty of water etc.  Have to stay on top of it--Many people find that Miralax, Senna Tea, Milk of Magnesia or a host of other Over the counter products help them, including me.  By the way 10/325 means 10 Mgs of Oxycodone and 325Mg of apap (Tylenol/Acetiminaphen)--supposed to last 4-6 hours--It is a SA (Short Acting) med as opposed to a LA med (Long acting)--Good Luck--Roger
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painbehindthebadge
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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, thnx for the info.

TDoern
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   Posted 9/14/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain - Personally I dont think that the 10/325 is that strong of a dosage. My understanding is that yes it's higher than the normal dosage, but I believe it goes all the way up to 20/something dosages. For the average person, yes it might cause constipation. All pain medications I believe that that as a side effect. For me though, I have colitis, and if this is me constipated... lets just say I'd hate to see me not (I know TMI)

One thing I can tell you, at least it is a problem for me, my medications seem to take FOREVER to start working if I do not eat after taking them. If I take them on an empty stomach, it could be 2 hours (yes seriously) before they start working, but the moment I eat something with them they hit my head, hard. I got to where I had to eat before and after I took the medication (something small on either side) to keep it from making me all fuzzy brained. :)

I hope this works for you. And again, I know it's not much, but we do appreciate the sacrifice you make for us.
~Tammy~
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


Lucia_Delacroix
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   Posted 9/15/2007 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
TDoern said...

One thing I can tell you, at least it is a problem for me, my medications seem to take FOREVER to start working if I do not eat after taking them. If I take them on an empty stomach, it could be 2 hours (yes seriously) before they start working, but the moment I eat something with them they hit my head, hard. I got to where I had to eat before and after I took the medication (something small on either side) to keep it from making me all fuzzy brained. :)
~Tammy~


Thank you for this information. I take 10 mg Lortab, and It takes about an hour to an hour and a half before it kicks in. I read somewhere that if you break it in half, it takes effect a little faster, but I'm not really seeing any difference. Now I will try eating something with my Lortab next time and see how that does. I wish my Lortab would take effect instantaneously.
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.

Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.

Meds:
Zyprexa 5 mg
Zoloft 25 mg
Valium 10 mg
Lortab 10 mg/500mg
Soma 350 mg
Ibuprofen 400 mg


whitfield
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   Posted 9/15/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
The strongest percocet is 10/650 which just has more apap (Tylenol)--but as I said earlier, if you are not getting enough relief tell your doc--there are many other options--too much Tylenol is hard on your liver.--Roger

Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic Pancreatitus
 
 


kttn251977
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
That was the last BT pain med the PM tried to give to me. 10/325's 4-6 a day. I have never liked percocets even in the past. Out of all the medicines and pain killers and patches- that is the only drug that makes me weird. I could clean an entire house on those things. I can remember having my wisdoms surgically removed and I was given those things and felt the same way 10 years ago. It makes me act like I am on speed or something. I have always had that reaction to it. I gave it one more try just to see since I have been on so many different pain killers in the past few years if I would react differently and no change. To be honest, I don't even get that much relief from them. And I think out of everything I have been prescribed- that is the only med that makes me have a "needy" feeling. I did a 2 week trial and just had to tell the dr I can't handle them. I know that they work great for some people- but the best BT pain med I have had is norco & soma. (well, soma is a muscle relaxer- been on it for 2 years and still works for me) As for the potty issue- thats normal with pain meds- hope you never need to take morphine or opiads, there is a stool softner called colace- its an OTC- I take about 3 daily. Works well- or try a fiber supplement on your foods. If it is really bad- talk to your dr. It is quite normal to have that side effect. Good luck.

painbehindthebadge
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   Posted 10/1/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I have been taking 10/325 percocet for around 2 1/2 weeks. My pain lvls are better. I can not take the percocet at work, but I have less pain even throughout the day. My wife doesnt know me anymore. She cant believe my attitude change. My 4 year old son has even stopped acting up all the time. (Which leads me to believe his negative behavior may have been partly my fault.) If it wasnt for these forums, I wouldnt have asked me Dr. for some stronger meds. Thanks everyone!   
 

TDoern
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   Posted 10/1/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Pain - i'm so happy for you! I know that I've been on Percocet 5/325 for almost 7 years - it STILL works for me.

I'm really really happy your feeling better! Make sure to spend the time to sit back and thank your wife for all she's done - and for helping you when you needed it. Sit down and talk with your son, explain to him as best you can that you were hurt and now you feel better - so he has a clue whats going on. Hugs
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
_____________________________________________________________________________
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


afterglo
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   Posted 5/5/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm on Percocet now and have been for a few months. I have fibromyalgia, but got away with taking a couple of extra strength Advil a couple of times a day until my diagnosis with both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis last fall.

My initial dose was 5/325 four times a day. It definitely eased the pain and so  I tapered off to 3/day and now am taking one in the morning and one at night. I tried taking only 2 at night, but couldn't sleep. For now, this current system seems to be working fine, but, as it is a narcotic, I'm afraid of becoming addicted.

Others have reported successful pain management with both Lyrica and Gabapentin, but with excessive weight gain reported on both. I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it. It's taken me 17 weeks to lose 20 lbs.

Is there something out there that controls pain, is non-addictive and won't cause weight gain?


Muzz
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   Posted 5/6/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
pain, for constipation, a Valerian root cap before bed will help alot, taken reg, it keeps me reg ;) I take it by the name that you are a police officer? My son is too :-)
I am not my pain, it does not own me.


afterglo
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm not a police officer, but something close- a high school teacher (retired) yeah

Afterglo is police jargon? For what? I'm obviously both curious and naive. tongue


Muzz
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry after, that was meant for painbehindthebadge :-)   Altho a HS teacher has to be a cop at time, I'm sure!!! yeah
I am not my pain, it does not own me.


Ouchy
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   Posted 5/7/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
afterglo- I also have Fibro, and have been on Cymbalta now for 2 months. No weight gain, and some have said it relieves pain although I just hurt constantly regardless. Give it a try, you never know...
Current Meds: Cymbalta, Codeine Contin, Tylenol3, Tramadol.
 
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in March 2008 but suffering about 7 yrs.
 
 


afterglo
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   Posted 5/7/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info, Ouchy. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and discussed alternatives with him, but he recommended that I stay with the Percocet for another 2 months. sad I am sleeping better taking one in the morning and one at night and have no other side effects that are too bothersome, but still am concerned about the addiction possibility. I'll make it a point to bring up the Cymbalta at my next app't. yeah
 
Thanks again; I hope the pain killing aspect kicks in for you very soon!

mercyme
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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
  Hi, I'm also on Percocet 10/325, I'm guessing that is a normal dose to help control pain.  I had back surgery on Monday, May 5th. I'm doing well, but very sore so they percocet helps and it for sure helps me sleep.  I had a protruding disc, terrible sciatica. I'm so thankful the leg pain is gone, now I just have to deal with the healing process from being cut in my lower back. 
 
  I don't like taking pain meds, but thank the Lord they have them when you need them.  The doctors gave me morphine in the hospital, then finally was able to take percocet 10/325 and it has helped.
 
  Wishing you all good luck with your pain management.
 
   Mercyme  :)

afterglo
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
No wonder, you're on a heavy dose of Percocet two days after surgery!!!! I imagine you'll be on them for a little while before your doc tells you they're very addictive. I hope you're feeling better very soon. yeah

mercyme
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Is that a heavy dose afterglo? I've only taken pain pills one other time, and that's after having brain surgery. as you can see I've had my share of pain. I don't think I will get hooked on pain pills, I don't like taking more then I have. can't understand why people would want to feel tired all the time. at least that's how the percocet makes me feel.

Mercyme

PAlady
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Mercyme -
Congratulations on what sounds like a successful surgery! I don't think that's a heavy dose considering you're two days out from surgery!

Don't worry about addiciton issues right now. Just heal...when your pain levels go down you should be able to taper your medicine. Great that your leg pain is gone!

PaLady

afterglo
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   

No, that's not a heavy dose for two days after surgery at all! I mis-read your post. Sorry.

I had a hip replacement 9 years ago, and was on the morphine pump for two days, and then on Percocet, but I don't remember the dosage. After about a month, my doctor advised not taking any more unless I was in a lot of pain. I quit that day.

Now, the pain is from fibro, and two other kinds of arthritis. I'm considering stopping the Percocet completely so that my pain level can be correctly assessed again.


mercyme
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   Posted 5/8/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
 I go back to the neuro surgeon on May 16th that's when I'm sure she will tell me to cut the percocet out unless I'm in alot of pain.  It does help with the pain, but it makes me feel so tired I can barely function.  And that's not a good feeling.
 
 
 I'm hoping I feel better by this Saturday, I'm suppose to take my 7 year old daughter to see High School Muscial.  I figure it can't hurt me all I will be doing is sitting there.  I'm trying to move around more, because the more I sit the worse the pain is.  And the doctor told me walking will help me recover faster, just to take it easy.  At least I'm getting out of most of the house work  :)
 
 Take care my friends,
 
 Mercyme :)

PAlady
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Mercy,
Are you sure your surgeon would want you to sit for a musical so soon after surgery - it's not even a week. I think I read you had surgery around L4-5. As you said, the more you sit the worse the pain. I made the mistake of sitting for an hour or so just visiting at my kitchen table the week after my surgery and oh, did I pay for that! I know it sounds strange but it's one of the worse things we can do for our spine. I'd check with your surgeon before sitting for such a long time.

PaLady

kara487
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   Posted 5/9/2008 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Pain, Im so happy for you .  I cant take percocet im allergic to it but am so glad for you it is helping your pain.

TDoern
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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
So - back hurts can't think straight. BUT, I saw someone mention not being able to sleep. For me personally - any short acting pain medication does weird things to my head. My mind starts racing, and until the medication slows down I can't sleep. I found out that two of my brothers also have this problem. I've learned not to take the percocet within two hours of trying to go to sleep it's just a bad idea, at least for me.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
_____________________________________________________________________________
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


mercyme
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   Posted 5/9/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Palady, I plan on getting up every 30 minutes to take a walk, so hopefully sitting through the muscial won't be so bad. I went out with my daughter today, I thought the more I walk the faster I'll heal. think I may have over done it. I'm so sore and stiff, I'm sure tonight when I try to go to sleep I'll feel the after effects. Guess I need to slow down a little. I'm not doing any house work so no physcial work. I thought the walking would help strengthen my back, but I'm not sure how much walking I should be doing right now. It's been 5 days since my back surgery, discectomy L4 and L5.

I'll try and take it easy tomorrow, I will try not to sit to long. I push myself sometimes more then I should, I guess. I have to be knocked out before I can just sit around. But I don't want to learn my lesson the hard way, so I'll try to be good. Thank you for responding to my post :)

God Bless,

Mercyme
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