I have recently been switched from Percocet to Opana 10mg every 6 hours. Since starting Opana about 1 week ago, I have noticed that I have bad gas, my stomach just doesn't feel great, maybe a bit nauseous, and I seem to be a tad constipated. I am also still experiencing pain. Will these side effects go away or should I call my Doctor now, versus waiting till my next appointment which is about 3 weeks away?
That is hard to answer without knowing how your relationship is with your doc; some docs like to know every little thing, and others only want to hear if there is a body part actually falling off- otherwise wait until the appointment! Those two medications are very similar; I wonder if the change is because of the oxycodone shortage that was striking much of the country awhile back. Opana, on a mg to mg basis, is about twice as potent as oxycodone. Percocet comes in different strengths. If he moved you from a ten mg percocet to a ten mg opana, he doubled you dose of pain medication, and that will cause bad gas, your stomach won't feel great, you will get a bit nauseous, and you might get a tad constipated.
That's from an old joke-- a real old joke.
But I suspect that is what happened-- he changed you over without cutting the dose of opana in half, and you are having side effects from the higher dose of opana. If you have a pill cutter you could reduce the dose of opana a bit by cutting it; it is a rare doc who becomes angry from a patient reducing the dose of narcotic. The other choice would be to just keep taking it and in a few days you will become tolerant to those side effects.
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