Extended Release only lasting 8 hours

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   Posted 11/15/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Extended Release Pain meds lasting 8 intead of 12 hours

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   Posted 11/16/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully your new doctor will see that you were prescribed every eight hours and just go along with that. I know a lot of people say that it doesnt' last the whole 12 hours. But maybe then you could take every eight hours during the day and sleep the rest off when you go to bed. Either way I wish you luck.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I see you're taking extended release morphine, and hydrocodone for breakthrough pain (or so your sig makes it seem..) Perhaps you've developed some tolerence to the opiates. It could also have alot to do with how your body metabolizing the morphine. Unfortuantely, everyone is going to react differently to different drugs.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I just noticed your signature too. Mscontin is easy to build a tolerance too. I hope that you find somehting that will help you. Pain is absolutely no fun.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor is hesitant to put my on narcotic pain killers because of that reason...you build up a tolerance and you need more and more of them to get the same results.  Perhaps that's what has happened to you.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
One of the things that my doc told me when he agreed to put me back on narcotics this summer is that it's not uncommon for people to not get the full 12 hours out of extended release meds. That the reality for a lot of people is 8-10 hours. That's partly why it isn't not uncommon for PM docs to prescribe the long acting meds 3x per day. You may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of reducing the amount of BT meds that you may have and upping the amount of long acting doses.

The idea of BT meds are that they shouldn't have to be taken all the time. That they're there for the BT, and to help you make it to your next long acting dose. That the pain is mostly controlled by the long acting stuff.

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was on mscontin I never developed a tolerance. However, the drug is most effective during the 8 hour period. Lots of people have the same problem as you. Some folks take the meds every 8 hours around the clock. That seems to be the most comfortable.

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