New Member; just reading this thread because my Dr prescribed me these patches as a possible change over for Vicodin. I'm on 2 ES V 4 x a day, which is a lot because I've been taking them for years because of ruptured disks, spinal stenosis and sciatica. He was (is) hoping to see if the patches work instead of the V. I have taken Oxy's and came off them really quick; although the worked awesome for pain, I felt that addiction coming on and had about a 7 day rehab just for being on them for about 4 months. Percocet doesn't really work either so he never prescribes those.
I just mentioned this because I'm a little concerned reading the post that I'm starting on 15mcg patches, so that seems a little strong to start - didn't even know they made 5's. They were going to go 10 but the dr said no, 15s. Waiting on them to come in at the drug store today; I will try to see how they work after 2-4 days. My general pain is all the time, not high very low...but then in the afternoons and first in the morning it's intense.
He advised me to keep taking the Vs while on the patches, he actually said they shouldn't cause any disiness - from your postings I can see the BT patches themselves may give me some disiness. I'm kind of prone to that with just the V's. I guess anything like Oxy's or BT (morphine's) works well for me because I've never had them. My concern is that I recently had surgery and I had told them that the stronger stuff knocks me out - and it did - they had trouble waking me from what they had given me (I guess assuming I needed a lot to be knocked out although anethesthia is different) - from a recent surgery that I was only under for about 45 mins for.
Look forward to more postings!
Post Edited (JohninVA) : 3/3/2011 9:30:09 AM (GMT-7)