If you are looking at taking pain medication the rest of your life, or even if you take it daily, and plan on taking it daily for at least the next 6 months, you need to discuss with your doctor as Gramps mentioned, about
extended release pain medications. I was put on MS Contin dont remember the strength 3 times a day and it made a HUGE difference. I ended up just taking those, and maybe one breakthru pill a day, 2 on a bad day.
Once I get into a decent pain management program again, I'm going to bring it up again.
As far as can you get the pain meds w/o the tylenol - yes. I was given the 5/325 percocets, and then given a 5mg of oxycodone to take if I need the extra boost to dimish my pain. there are times I didn't need the extra 5,and there are times I defiantely did. It also meant I could give the one an hour to see if it did enough, and if not, take the other.
Anyways hope you get the relief your looking for.
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