OK!…I made it home! LOL
I agree with Straydog here in that it may be a tolerance issue you are dealing with, if you have been on them for 15 yrs. The good news is that you can build that back up, but may take a very long time to do so…and of course in the meantime, you will have to switch to a different med.
While it is true that Oxycontin may be difficult to get filled at some pharmacys…I do not believe that is the case all across the USA. I have had no problem here in KS getting my script
s filled with it. However my script
was never more than the #30's. The higher dose may be a problem…but again,…. I do not believe it is, here in this state. If you are on the 60mg morphine, I believe the equivalent dose in Oxycontin should be around #30mg's according to the conversion charts…or close to that.
Your Dr may want to start you out on Percocet's (IR) to see how well you will do on the oxycodone, or he may just script
you the straight Oxycodone (IR). The Oxycontin is an ER med. There are several options for you as far as pain med's….but like Stray says, let your Dr suggest what he feels is right for you.
I myself, just got off the Oxycodone products as I too,... built up a tolerance to it, and was not near effective as it used to be. He now switched me over to Fentanyl, and I must say it is a bit more effective, but what I really have noticed is how smooth the transition is as it approaches the pain, and again, at the end of the 72hr cycle,... the transition is much smother, and not like falling off a cliff, quickly back into pain. The Oxycodone products cycle is much quicker, in that the relief may be noticed much quicker…but then again the down cycle can be rather quick as well. This is where I have become fond of the Fentanyl.
There is nothing worse than pain kicking in on the down-cycle and early withdrawal symptoms setting in at the same time. What ever your Dr script
s, please be careful with your med's and try to stay at a tolerable level with them.
Again!…I extend a warm Welcome to you, and hope you enjoy the forum!
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/6/2012 4:58:49 PM (GMT-6)