The great part about the Exalgo is it's only taken every 24 hours...the dosage goes from 8mg all the way to 64mg in a day..
A good Dr. will always start you on a lower dosage of a new medication and then tirate up as to watch for any side effects or allergies to it..
The big thing is to just go in with an open mind...Everyone's experience is different...Just because it doesn't work for one person...it works well for others...
And unless there is a life threatening side effect...usually giving a new medicine up to a month is a good trial period to see if it is working well...It takes time to build up in your system...
The main thing is to work with your Dr. and keep a log of how you are feeling each day...and then after some weeks...he may need to up the dosage to get the proper pain control..so it's being a little patient with a new medicine at times and work together..
If your Dr. was ok to prescribe you the Fentanyl patches...then he seems to be a caring Dr. that wants to help with your pain..
Just FYI...this is an extended release medicine that is to never be chewed or crushed to take with food...take whole...
And remember that medicine is just one tool we have in our toolbox to help with our pain...there are many ways like light exercise, stretching, acupuncture, aqua therapy...CBT, a muscle relaxer...etc....this way we never expect a pill to take away all our pain..
I do wish you luck...there are lots of people out there where this medicine works great for them...I hope that will be you!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006