As others have said it's a very personal thing. People tend to say that OxyContin is stronger, but for me it's the opposite.
I'm currently on 90mg Avinza (one of the Morphine Sulfate ER brands) which has been working very well for me. Intiially I was on a 100mg (2x50mg) of another brand, and doctor briefly tried switching me to OxyContin 80mg since the other brand was on recall for some reason. Most would say it should be quite a bit stronger than Morphine - I felt absolutely miserable. It honestly felt like I was witdhrawing. I tried sticking with it for a couple days, but it just got unbearable. I called my doctor and told him "I don't know what's going on, but I can't function on this. I'm taking the maximum amount of breakthrough I'm allowed to take, and I just can't bear it." He immediately wrote me a script
for 90mg Avinza, and I started feeling better once that started taking effect. I don't know how much Oxy I would need to get the same level of pain relief.
BTW - I'm not sure if the Morphine Sulfate is a cost issue. At least in my case, the cost was pretty much the same (around $400 copays for both iirc). My father is actually Chief of Staff at the VA where he works - he has personally authorized some very expensive procedures and script
s that other insurance companies have refused, simply because he feels that our veterans deserve the absolute best they can get. I'm sorry that they apparently don't give the same standard at your local VA, but I hope the treatment you get ends up working. Thank you for your service by the way :)
Post Edited (terraphantm) : 11/25/2011 2:53:59 AM (GMT-7)