….and "Welcome" to the Chronic Pain forum! Yes!…this has been discussed here many times, but we are always happy to discuss it again, as needed for new members. You also might want to try the "Search Button" in the upper righthand corner of this page….just type in the keywords of your search, and you should find quite a bit on it.
I thought as patients we could no longer be script
ed the pain med's with anything over 325mg of acetaminophen in it, but I could be misinformed. I did take the liberty of providing you a link on the subject and the ruling that the FDA seems to have imposed. Take a peek at it, and maybe another member can shed more light on it for us. www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm239894.htm
Please watch the Video announcement by the FDA representative. It is one of the best explanations I have seen to date. One thing I did hear in the Video was that there is a three year timeframe to implement the new changes, if I understood it correctly. This could be the reason you still have access to the /650mg…but in time will be reduced to the FDA's orders. The FDA website is an excellent source of information!…here is the home page for you to view. I believe it is wise to also bookmark it, and view it often. www.fda.gov/default.htm
…as far as too much acetaminophen,….until you hit the 3000mg or somewhere around the 4000mg a day, most likely you should be ok. However many of us here do have concerns about
long term use, even at the lower dosages. If you are indeed a long term CP patient….and this is my opinion only….I really believe your PM should have you on a long term pain med. The Oxycontin, is just such a med, and might very well be suitable in your case as it is an ER (extended release Oxycodone) product.
Many of us here also believe that the IR (immediate release) products should be used for BT and not used as a baseline for your long term care. That being said….you should always follow your Dr's advice, but it never hurts for a patient to question their reason behind the script
ing. Always ask questions while at your appointments…..generally they are free, and can be a well worth education for the patient.
I hope this information helps you, and I'm sure others will join with their opinions. We are not Dr's here, and cannot tell you what you should do, or diagnose,….but we can share our experience with you.
Were glad you found this forum!….and hope you become part of our daily family. You will certainly enjoy the members, and all of us have that one thing in common….Chronic Pain! We do understand living with it on a daily 24/7 bases.
Again!…Welcome, and Enjoy the forum!
All our best to you!
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