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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1289
   Posted 10/5/2011 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
my pm doc wants me to try the patch as soon as things cool down a bit- next month probably...
i'm nervous because right now on the oxycodone i can go aout my day normally.  i do not feel ANY of the narcotic effects even at 15 mg x 6 a day...
how is the patch in this regard?  i know it's a strong is it compared to oxycodone?  i'm scared that it's going to knock me on my butt and make work, playing with my daughter etc. hard...
any thoughts?

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 10/6/2011 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mtgman
I used the patch at one time before my back surgery and found it worked well but if it's the same patch I had it was rated for every 3 days and I found the 3rd day to be pretty tough. In my opinion they only really last 2days. I was on a 25mg patch which is the lowest dose and from what you take of oxycodone I think your doc may start you there. I think that would be the best place to start. I would however suggest that having some oxycodone around in case it isn't quite enough or it disagrees with you. I made the mistake of trying something new without having my old med to go back to if things when wrong and my pain doc was out of town and I really paid the price. I don't want to worry or discourage you because there's a good chance it may work well for you as it did for me. I didn't find that it was overwhelming or made me really out of it at all and was able to function the same as before. Remember that this drug is absorbed through your skin so it takes a while to get into your system. It's not going to work as fast as oxycodone when you first start it. I'm just very cautious of starting new things as I had some bad experiences but everyone is different. Having a good relationship with your doc is key to any treatment. I would just ask him or her what to expect and if having some of your oxycodone on hand just in case things don't work out or just for break through pain is a good idea. Best of luck to you and hope it all works out great. It may be the best thing you've tried so far so try and  keep a positive attitude. Let us know how it goes. Take care.

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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 2265
   Posted 10/6/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mtgman Which pain patch are you talking about? There's the Butrans and the fentanyl (Duragesic). I'm on the Fentanyl patch. I haven't had any bad side effects except when Medicaid and my doctor couldn't get their acts together and caused me to have withdrawls from not having my patches on time when refilled. I have had good relief on them.

If it's the Butrans, I haven't used those, but others have and can tell you their experience with those.

Take care. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion
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