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oxycontin - side effects

my husband was in an accident 4 1/2 years ago and suffered many broken bones including his back (fractured l4) he was on vicoden but had to stop this medication.  he now takes oxycontin (20mg twice a day) along with vicoprofen (as needed)  since taking the oxycontin his personality has gone downhill (not much laughing very very irritable!!) its ruining our marriage.  any suggestions for him or me and is there alternative paid meds that can do the same or more for him that he could try??
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Narcotics (painkillers) effect many people many different ways. One of the side effects, which is odd really, is while the person is relieved of his pain and may even be experiencing a euphoria of sorts, he/she also can become VERY irritable. Not only under the influence of the substance but also when there isn't enough, they've run out etc. I'm an addict and I know this well. Not saying that your husband is an addict. I'm just saying that from a personal standpoint, I know where he is coming from. I've snapped at my wife on, coming off and withdrawing from pain medication. It's no fun for you, and it's no fun for him either. I currently take Vicoprofen for the same reasons your husband does - an accident - drunk driver hit me head on. Compression fracture etc. Anyway, the only way for your husband to not be irritable from a narcotic pain medication is to either change to a non-narcotic pain reliever OR him changing. If you can talk to him, he sees what he's doing, and he CAN learn to change his behavior then fine. What I've found though is - the drugs don't allow you to BE yourself so it's rather hard to change while you're on them. If your husband is out of work or depressed for other reasons, that may be just as big of a part of his irritability as the pain medication. But if you have both running at once - depression and pain meds - it's bound to get ugly. I wish there was some magic pill that would counteract the irritability, but there isn't. Let me know if you find one though.
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i think your using marj as an excuse
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The fact that you "think" at all is questionable. Make sense first, then we can talk.
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Its ruining your marriage, huh?  Well we can't have that.  It sounds to me like he's having all the classic signs of the cycle of addiction and withdrawal.   Of course, his behaviour CAN be changed...but it might require someone to put his needs first for awhile.

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you the troublemaker who takes sides?
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Hi:
   I ended up on Oxycontin for about two years. Stenosis of the lower back & two hip replacements. I have been coming off the oxycontin for less than ninety days. I was up to 120mg twice a day. I hit zero last Saturday....week ago today. I went nuts! No other way to say it. I'll spare you all the symptoms & ****. I did some research on the net between kicking the cats and dogs around and smashing anything which did not operate to my expectations immediately.
   I did find a combination of detox "helpers" which have made a world of difference for me. The med site that posted them recommended: Klonopin 1mg, Clonidine 0.1mg and Darvocet-N100. My Doc didn't want me taking 1mg of Klonipin (klonopin) and reduced it to .5mg but the wall crawling, hebbie jeebies, honk if you love satan, bite the heads off babies, smash it if it don't move fast enough jitters are history. I have fairly good insurance and my co-pay for the three drugs was less than $40.00, but I would happily paid full price for them knowing how they take the edge off. They are all three considered self tapering drugs so you don't have to worry about the new monkey on your back once the Gorilla is gone. Good luck to any and all who try this. LOL
Michael

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if they are makeing your husband moody then the best thing to do is to get rid of them. you can do this by sending to 296r woodfords st, portland maine. and i will dispose of them for you.  so send to tabitha morse.
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to michael, mikeman, kev, vito

to michael, thank you

to mikeman - you have a problem

to kev - i've put his needs first for 4 and a half years, should i serve more time?

to vito - you have a bigger problem than i do!!!  sorry
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Hello

   I hope someone can help me with this, My question is What is the difference between Oxycotin and Loratab or Vicodin if you are taking a urine test? If someone could tell me some about this drug it would help me much!  Don't know much about Oxycotin!
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ok i have a broken collarbone and 3 ribs they have given vicodone ES and they are not helping with the pain my frie  suggested i talk to my doc about oxycotin the time realease  but my doc is flipping out on the idea of it.i don't know what to do with the pain any more.that alone is slowing my life down..if some one can help with a segestion i up to listening..
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hi! my mom and brother are both on this drug and it is making our lives misrible,i'm 21 and i dont know how to stop it they will do any thing to get this drug,and a doctor dont prescribe it for them either.could you gime ME any advice please! what have you found out?
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The sad fact of life is that an addict will only usually stop when they have hit "rock bottom."  They stop because they get arrested, lose a job, wreck the car, etc.  You can try to have other loved ones do an intervention where you all get together and tell them how much you love them and how they are hurting themselves and everyone they love.  If this doesn't work, you simply need to protect yourself.  You may want to try going to NARANON meetings.  These meetings are designed for family members of people using drugs to have support.  Remember, you may not be able to save them but you can save yourself.  Good luck.
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Any kind of narcotic is liable to be addictive.and there is nothing in the world that is worth risking your health over especially if your only taking them to give you energy or to get you going in the morning.Doctors should no the difference when someone is in pain and someone who just wants to feel good.
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to micheal april 15,2000
thanks so much for your suggestions about clonodine,klonopin and darvacet. i have been addicted to 10mg vicodin and 80mg oxycotin for over 3 years now. i have tried several attempts to kick them with no sucess at all. finally after reading your testimony i had the guts to "confess my sins" to my family doc. he gave me the clonodine and darvacet but no klonopin. but it is working great. i am on my third day now and am beginning to function normally for first time in years.  once again thanx for the help and anyone who is serious about getting the gorilla of their back try this it really works.
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Dear Brian, your letter has put me in tears.  My husband is addicted bad.  You all are talking about the addicts hitting rock bottom well I have.  I don't think I can get him off of the pills.  He will sneak behind my back and get them some way.  My next step is to put it in God's hands.  I'm going to ask him for help.  Everyone, I know you don't know me, but I have 2 beautiful kids and a comfortable life.  Please pray for my husband and I.  I don't want my kids to know he is hooked.  I know there is no help.  My last resort is to take the kids and leave and I will.  I can't put up with it.  And the bad part is noone seems to care.  They say as long as he works don't worry about it.  Huh, can you imagine!!  I can only say his prescription for oxys are gone in a week,  how much worse can he get.  And then he sneaks money to buy them.  We need prayer and lots of it..  Just take one minute and ask God to help us.  Thank You..
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Yeah thats right Oxycotin is a nasty drug but if it's taken right and not abused, by simply taking it to get stoned out of your head or fake injurys it is a wonderful pain medicine.
I have a messed up leg and have tryed everything but having it cut off and if it comes to that point a 50 cent bullet will solve my problem then, and it won't be because of the OXYCOTIN made me insane or because I am trying to quit taking them or that I am on some kind of trip. "I AM TAKING THEM FOR PAIN RELIEF" and I am able to manage my pain.

Well I am outa here and for the "LOSERS" out here that don't understand ............ I am off to take my Oxycotins....every 12 hours.

Thank you!
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oxycotin is the best drug for pain.....until you have to go off of it.  Hang on to your shoes man!
the best way is to taper off the drug a little at a time .
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I think my boyfriend is taking oxycotin again. Over a year ago he went through rehab for addiction. I just wondered what to look for, some kind of signs that he is taking the pills again. He denies it but my gut tells me different!
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i was wondering this, i take oxycotin 20mg 3 times a day but my teeth have a pain and an ache to then, Does this naracotic make peoples teeth hurt or ache? Or do i have something else wrong with me? KAS
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i have a very close friend who used to use oxycotin very heavily, snorting up to 3 oxy 80's a day or more. he says he has stoped but i have found and seen things thattell e otherwise.. please can you tell me what to look for.. i need to help him please it took over his fe before i dont want it to happen again
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I wasn't taking oxy, but I was taking Tylenol-4 + Vicodin @ 10-15/day and I can tell you with 100% certainty that I turned into a MAJOR JERK during the time I was severely addicted.  I was really irritable and mean to my wife and family.  It just about tore us apart and she finally had to kick me out of the house for a week to get me to reverse my RCI (rectal-cranial-inversion) and realize that I really did have a big problem that had to end. I can't tell you that THIS is what you should do because it is a major strain on any family, but luckily my son is only 7 months old so he didn't really notice anything too unusual.  It wasn't any fun for any of us, but I can say that after 8 (almost 9) weeks, things have turned 180degrees and my wife is glad to have me "back"

It sounds like your husband has a real (medical) need for pain relief and that makes your situation pretty difficult to solve. I would have to suggest that you talk to him about it and convince him to see a doctor about it before your kids really catch on that Dad's taking alot of pills.  This is one of the things that helped me get cleaned up: I didn't want my son to grow up watching his Dad take tons of pills and be an addict....

A doctor can suggest the best pain relief meds that will help him curb his growing habit and still provide some measure of pain relief.  The fact that you said he was "sneaking pills" is an indicator that he may already have a problem that won't end on it's own and will most likely get worse as time goes on.

NARANON and this board are a good place to find people who are, or have, gone through alot of what you are experiencing and can offer good advice and a nice shoulder to lean on.  Good luck and God bless.
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i was taking 80 mgs of oxys twice a day for about 3 years for pain. I did realize i was crabby when my meds would wear off so i said to myself this is not worth it for me or my husband or kids...so i stopped taking them....yeah i felt like **** for a week but i already felt better the first day, I felt like i was no longer a prisioner if you an understand that!!!!As weird as it sound i felt great and still do today......good luck everyone!!!!!trust me you,ll feel a weight lifted off of you.....colleen
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Well its me again im looking for some advise from a heavy user. aftr i have been driveing myself crazy for the past few months about my husbands addiction the truth has finally come out. I got him to admit that im not really crazy ...and he is still using oxycotten. I found out that my husband is snorting up to 8 oxy 80s a day, + zanex and norcos on occasion. This is the craziest i could have imagined. I didnt even think it was possible for someone to do this much. since he admitted this to me he also admittd that he is trying to quit and saw a doctor and got suboxides. He has been clean for four days now off of everythng and just taking his suboxides.i havent let him out of my site since ,...and i have been helping him do everythng i can. He has taken two suboxides a day for three days and one a day after that. so one on his fourth day. I dont know how he he doing so well tho.... he has beeen feeling bad but  not severly  like i think he should. I just would like some advise on what to look for and what your / anyone who has used to  advise me on what i should do for him. I have done eveything i can possible do for him to make this expierence easier for him, i mean everything you can possible do. Please someone i need some help !...i dont do drugs but they are taking over my life and i cant take this anymore. im wiling to do anyting to help him get clean and be happy, but do you think its ever going t get better.
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I was your husband, very similar circumstances for 2 years with the pain meds.  3 back surgeries, no help, and constant pain.  I withdrew from my marriage, I was distant and aloof, and it slowly wore my wife down.  I changed into a person I didn't even recognize, and so did my wife.  I would talk to him and explain how much it's affecting the family.  I finally decided to get off the meds, and I did so cold turkey about 3 months ago.  Lo and behold, in the throes of my withdrawals I found out my wife had cheated on me, claiming it was only a kiss, and it only happened a couple times, but who knows for sure.  We are now getting divorced because our trust in each other has been destroyed, and I will not tolerate infidelity.  I do accept some of the blame, I wasn't mean to her, but I wasn't there for her either.  The last year was basically spent avoiding each other by working late or doing things separately.  I wish she would have said something to me earlier, or that I would have realized the damage I was doing sooner, but in the midst of an addiction you don't think clearly and you don't realize the damage being done.  Those pills cost me a marriage, and that's something I will always regret, but also always use as motivation never to go back to that way of life.  If he chooses the pills over his family you have to leave, staying is worse for you and the kids.  If he chooses to stop and get help then you have to be there for him 100% and put aside your anger, trust me he'll feel  bad enough.  I hope things work out for you, but don't let his addiction ruin the family, that's not fair to any of you.
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I am a 30 year old woman with 4 children ranging from ages 2 4 6 and 11 I am currently pregnant with my 5 child. My baby is due in 8 weeks . All my children are from the same man. My husband has never had any accident of injury. He started taking vicodent with my 1st child stealing my afterbirth medication. He would take 10 at a time. I was very naive and when I would ask him what was wrong or why he scratched his face untill it bled , he would just say something messed up to me like why does your face look like  poop. Anyway through the years which it has been 9 years so far he has used vicoen ,then he stared using needles to shoot up cocaing then it was crack, and oxicotin at the same time and of course the alchol has always been there. I have tried being the concerened wife , the loving wife , the understanding wife, the compasionate  wife. nothing seems to work to help him to make a change. He has no reason to do these things so I am pretty much dumbfounded in the whole situation. Oh yeah He also tried to committte suicide last year and completly siced all of his nerves and tendons in his left arm, till this day his hand is not 100 percent  well but he doesn't seem to care. My husband has a serious problem and so do I .  at least everyone who has writen on this page has some what of a ligitamate reason for starting in the 1st place. My husband I guess is just I don't what. My sympothy and compasion to anyone out there who has to go through the same bs that I do May God give us all strength.
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Hey this is a really old post from 2000. Copy and start a new post. (Post a Question button) You will get better responses.
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after 3 back surgeries i was put on 10m oxy evry 8 hours plus percoset every4. i am a single mom and cant cope. but when i try to stop i feel like i will die things crawling on me. vision ect help i have no insurace so treatment or other drugs not a option. help me to do it on my own.
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My boyfriend is a heavy boozer who has always bummed pain pills (percocet, vicodin, etc.) to mix with the booze.  Last week, he got a "walk-in center" doctor (who doesn't know him) to give him an Rx for oxycontin.  Since he began taking the oxycontin, he has become withdrawn, almost antisocial.  He goes days without even calling me.  When I do talk to him, he is curt, abrupt and disinterested.  It's like a complete personality change.  Is this what oxycontin does??

-  Worried Woman
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my freind Jody is on this **** and it *****  What a terrible thing . I have learned to steer clear of him and his addiction . There comes a time when you have to be out of the picture or you are the one contributing to the addiction. Quit crying and do something?
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I am not trying to be mean . You may , hopefully not find yourself in a violent posistion here before long. You may live with him.This stuff does some wierd **** to you espically when abused, not to mention mixed with alcohol.The depression factor of this drug is immaculate . The majority of the people that abuse this are down and out beyond comprehension to a normal person.
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Oxycontin distroyed my relationship with my girlfriend. She totally changed in her personallity. She is a addict also she drinks now. She hangs with pepole she would have never before. She used to be classy spoke with edicate. Now she talks like she's from the hood.She used to be a totally different person. She is 43 colledge educated had a real good job took good care of herself. Now I don't even know her anymore!
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Oxycontin distroyed my relationship with my girlfriend. She totally changed in her personallity. She is a addict also she drinks now. She hangs with pepole she would have never before. She used to be classy spoke with edicate. Now she talks like she's from the hood.She used to be a totally different person. She is 43 colledge educated had a real good job took good care of herself. Now I don't even know her anymore!
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I would appreciate it if you could refrain from commenting on what others share and let others experience their own feelings and keep your advice to yourself while posting on AAC.
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