First of all, hydrocodone is less potent than oxycodone, so it is not withdrawal that you are experiencing.
An extended release medication works differently than an immediate release medication. You do not 'feel" the medication working/onset, since in the ER versions of these medications, it is slowly released into your blood stream over a period of 12 hours rather than dumping the entire dose within an hour.
These medications are simply a long acting version of the same medication, meant to keep the pain control more consistent over the course of the dosing schedule, rather than the constant ups and downs of the short acting or immediate release versions. There is no difference in the pain relief, just a lack of feeling of the medications taking effect. As for the pain relief not being steady yet, since you were just converted to the ER version, it can take a few doses to build up a steady blood plasma level , so that the pain relief is more consistent, HOWEVER, you need to deal with it, while your body builds up to consistant dosage you are prescribed. You are concerned about
the bad things you've heard about
taking Oxycontin but then you go ahead and take double the prescribed dose??
THAT makes no sense.
Taking more than you are prescribed could have KILLED you. No matter what you read anywhere, no one should be following dosages they read about
on the internet. You pay your doctor to provide his judgement and expertise to calculate what he feels is best warranted for your condition and in what dosages.
Self medicating is a no , no, no matter what excuse you may make for doing so.
Neuropathic pain is best treated with medications used to treat that type of pain since opiates are not the best option available for that type of pain. Medications such as Lyrica, topamax, neurontin ( gabapentin), tricyclic anti depressants , Cymbalta and others are all the usual medications used to treat that type of pain.
I suggest that you do NOT continue to take more than you are prescribed of any medication, and contact your doctor. It is Friday, and they are sure to be in the office. The best place to get advice is to talk to the doctor you pay to give it to you.
Post Edited (mrsm123) : 6/7/2013 10:38:01 AM (GMT-6)