In an Oxycontin and out an Oxycontin

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stingray
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   Posted 1/11/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
Was just wondering if anyone else is having or had a problem with Oxycontin not dissolving . I had told doctors for years that I get very little relief from Oxycontin but they always seem to insist on keeping it in the mix. It wasn't until recently when I had some stomach problems that I noticed what looked very much like a pill in the stool.I don't believe it's a result of the stomach problems because I've been telling doctors this long before I had any stomach problems. I've seen this a few times now and am sure that's what it is. It can only be the Oxycontin. I'm going to a new pain clinic in Feb and will of course mention it. It seems to be only about 20 - 30 % dissolved. This would of course explain why it doesn't work very well. I have discussed it with my pharmacist and he's stumped. Thought I'd talk to him incase some other med I take is causing this but he says no. Thanks for reading. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
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   Posted 1/11/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Every company has its own little mix of inactive ingredients, some work better for others. Have you asked for a different brand? Perhaps look up the variety your taking and see what the inactive fillers are.
I and a friend once had a big debate, her hydrocodone worked for almost ten hours, while the "same" one I took at the time worked for 3 and a half. So I called and nagged the pharmecest and perused the sites of manufacture, asked lots of questions. Anyway, it is a thought. Good luck
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   Posted 1/11/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oxycontin does not have a generic nor another maker, that's why they can charge so much for it (they have the patent) if I'm wrong please correct me. I just got mine and it was $423!!!

So maybe a diff med all together? What others have u tried?
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Retired Mom
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   Posted 1/11/2012 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Please excuse my suggestion if you find it offensive, but you may find that you are going to have to bring in a stool sample with the pill to prove what you are saying. I beleive you, but so many dr's are afraid of the regulations.

Please check before you do something so drastic, but an "offer" to do something like that may help convince the Dr of your honesty.

It wouldn't hurt to give this suggestion before you change Dr's so you can have the medical records updated if that is what is going on.

I'd call first thing in the AM and make the offer.

Good luck!!
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stingray
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   Posted 1/11/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone for responding. I know what you mean Retired Mom. It's sad that we have been made to feel like criminals in some cases for taking medication we need . I would have no problem agreeing to a sample for lab tests. I would actually welcome it so this would get settled once and for all. Let you all know how things turn out. Thanks again
Stingray
Sorrry I forgot to mention the meds I have tried...I've tried hydromorph, dilauted,
morphine in a slow release, a pain patch,and some others that escape me at the moment. Basically they all either didn't work or the side effects were worse than my problem so I've always come back to the oyxcodone and oxycontin. I should mention that the oxycodone works very well for me with little to no side effects.
Thanks again..keep you posted.
Stringray

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   Posted 1/11/2012 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Donna, you are correct…and Retiredmom, that is a good idea.

I have not had this problem that I know of though.

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   Posted 1/12/2012 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
stingray

You are right you did see the oxycontin pill in your stool, but the pill nolonger had any medication in it! The Oxycontin was all absorbed out of the pill and it was just the "container" for the oxycontin that you seen. The pill or container so to speak does not disolve,if you would examine it closer, the pill is kind of porus, like that of volcanic rock, but much finer, so the pill is a matrix that holds the pain medicine, Oxycontin, as it passes through the body and the digestive fluids work on it, the medication is absorbed out of the pill matrix. Your Pharmacist should have known that.

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   Posted 1/12/2012 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was on oxycontin the pharmacy paper that came with the script explained that the outer layer of the pill could come out in your stool. This is nothing to be concerned about.
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   Posted 1/12/2012 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
White Beard and Jag are quite correct - the outer part of the Oxycontin tablet doesn't dissolve. The tablets have a special film coating on them that is designed not to dissolve entirely - instead just to release the medication in a timed fashion as it passes through the GI tract. This is so that the oxycodone inside (the active ingredient) can be released slowly over several hours rather than immediately. It's quite common to see parts of - or even what appears to be the whole tablet - in the stool.

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   Posted 1/12/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
the new formulation of Oxycontin does not seem to be as popular. i tried it at 80mg 3/day and it was not terrific, it had a time release effect more similar to Opana ER or Oramorph SR which do not kick in as fast but are more level once they get going. the best i have landed on is Opana when my doctor titrated the dose to a effective level. Avinza or Oramorph SR are good steady state meds, i do not care for Kadian. i have not tried the new hydromorphone sustained release called Exalgo and i believe a new sustained release form of levorphanol is close to hitting the market. good luck with you meds.

stingray
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   Posted 1/12/2012 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You Everyone
I'm quite surprised that my pharmacist would not have told me about this. Apparently I missed the memo...lol. He did say that there is a new formula on the way but hasn't made it's way to the Canadian market yet. So far from all the things I've tried I always seem to come back to the oxycodone. Although it's used for break through pain generally I have been using it as my main pain med for the last few years. It works fast and best of all , I have little to no side effects. The problem of course is that I have to take a great many pills because they only make them up to 20 mgs here. I'm sure I'm in for a lengthy discussion with the new pain doc (if he's any good). Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to reply. Your input has been most helpful. My best to everyone. Thanks again.
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   Posted 1/14/2012 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
This is very good information to know. I have not been interested in taking the oxycontin because of all the negative publicity and friends with problems, but I do take oxycodone and find it to be a great help (escpecially in combination with the soma they now give me). I would have never known about the waste product being expelled from your body so it's great that there are so many knowlegable people here!

Best of luck!
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stingray
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom
I agree with you. This place is the best. I learned alot myself.Thank again to everyone for replying. Hope your doing well ..mom..and everyone else. Take care.
Stingray
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Meds: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Clonazapam
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