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   Posted 4/14/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!!
Remember me?? I was singing from the hills almost two weeks ago because of the pain relief that I'm having. confused  Well, I am still better than I was before the oxy, but...I notice that almost everyday for the past 4 days or so...the pain feels like it is slowly coming back.
I do remember my rhuemy saying that since I never took it before, she would start me out at the lowest dose which is 10 I think (don't have the container with me) but she did say that I would prolly need 15 mgs.
I'm also confused, talked to a friend who said to only take oxy when needed (just friendly advice...even though they are not a doctor so I would only listen to my doctor on meds) but they took it due to back question is..don't you have to take this meds every 12 hours for it to work properly? I remember my doctor saying that and that it took a few days for it to get into my blood stream on a steady basis.
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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   Posted 4/14/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I take oxycontin and it is wonderful. I have heard from my doctor that you need to take it on a regular basis, it's an extended release so it is not given for as needed (such as b/t pain) The usual dose is every 12 hours but alot of people including myself take it every 8 hours. It provides constant pain relief so that you are not having to chase your pain. Please talk to your doctor as he can better advise you on this.
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   Posted 4/14/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a wonderful thing!!! Yes, when I go to my next appointment with her in the beg of May, we will talk about it. Until then, I still cant' really complain...anything is better than the way I was feeling.
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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   Posted 4/14/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Doctors are all over the place about taking pain meds. Some advise using them as needed and others will say take them as scheduled like any medication. Your doctor is the one you need to ask.
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   Posted 4/14/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
HopeGirl, I do remember you coming here a couple of weeks ago. I take Oxycontin 30mg X2, which means I take it twice a day. Most Dr or PM's will want you to take it every 12 hrs, but there are a few that will approve it every 8hrs.
I have never known a PM to approve it as a break through med, and what ever you do, never, never, cut it in half or crush it when you take it.

Your PM is right in that you are taking a very low dose, and I'm sure he will up the dose for you here pretty quick. A word of caution here: you don't really want to be totally pain free, as you could injure yourself even more thinking your doing fine. So please stay on the low side of the dose if you can. That is just my opinion though!

Another school of thought is that you may be one of those patients who build up a tolerance very quick to this med. I did, and that is not a good place to be, especially if you need surgery in the future.

I think White Beard gave you some pretty good advice here last week, and I would recommend that you go back and reread some of the replies.

Good Luck to you!

SE :)

Oh Shoot! I just remembered that I had fusion surgery two weeks ago, and I have since taken myself off the Oxycontin! :)
I'm only taking a #10 325mg Percocet X2 now.....Silly me! :) What I meant to say was that I used to take the Oxycontin.
I can't believe I made that mistake! :)
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   Posted 4/28/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
OxyContin is not a drug where one dosage fits all, but instead it's a medication that should be watched carefully by both the patient and doctor so the two of you can see together how you're doing and if you're heading in the right direction as far as pain management.
If you are at 10 mg for example, you're at the very bottom dosage out there so don't be concerned about taking more if you need it.  It's very common to see dosages increase over time till you finally get to a point where your pain mangement is at a level you can live with.  Another idea worth considering is if you perhaps don't need more time release type medication, but instead would do better if you had some sort of immediate pain relief such as OxyIR which comes in 5 mg per pill dosages.  I've been using what I call "kickers" for years as there are times when there's breakthrough pain that requires just a bit more help so I don't suffer quite as much.  Instead of looking at pain medication as all or nothing, I see a better solution for some people when they use a combo of OxyIR, OxyContin and in my case also an internal morphine pump.  While I'm never pain free, I'm amazed at how well this set of drugs working together has given me back more life.  As you and your doctor work this problem together, so will you.  Take care, Bob.
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   Posted 4/28/2010 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
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 prescriptions 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.


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ps...PRN is latin, "pro re nata" which means "for the situation's needs" and is used in medical prescriptions to mean "as needed".
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   Posted 4/29/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You all for your responses.
I take my oxy just as the doctor prescribed every 12 hours so for me it's pretty easy, one when I wake up and then another at 7:00 PM. I am not sure if I need to have it increased or not at this point. I will talk to my doctor when I see her in the beginning of May. I thought last week and half of the week before I needed a slight increase because the pain felt like it was creeping back up. But this week, so far I have been okay. I think I will ask my doctor if I can stay at the 10 mg still until it really gets bothersome. I am so much better with the oxy, I still take my tramadol, prestique and ativan before bed. This long lasting pain relief has really done wonders for me. I have my life back. Yes, I still have my days, this past weekend my Aunt suddenly passed away, we honored her living will request and removed her from life support. During that time I had migraines like I have not had since last summer. But I got thru it. I still feel some aches and pains but nothing like before, I was in a bad place before. I feel so blessed that this medication is helping me!!!
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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