Have had chronic back pain & fibromyalgia but I am going to have back surgery for stenosis and want to stop my narcotic meds. I have morphine cr 45mg 3x/day which I asked to change due to side effects. Dr put me on Oxycodone 20mg 4x/day. After my back surgery recuperation I want to stop the meds. Which one should I be on for an easier withdrawal. I am scared because I have been on this for ages. When I have the surgery I can ask the dr to use the med that would be easier for me to withdraw so what do you think. Thanks so much
Welcome to the Pain Mangement Forum. I am glad that you found us and took the time to post....but sorry to hear that you have had long term pain.
My guess is Oxycodone would be an easier withdrawal, though none are "easy." I'm basing my opinion on reports of our members and the half life difference between the two drugs.
Some years ago I withdrew from a small doses of oxycodone with no major symptoms. I had gone down to 10mg's a day for about six months when I stopped cold turkey, with my physician's approval of course. The pain was barely controlled on that dose and once I stopped it the pain just continued to increase.
Our members may have other suggestions for you. I wish you the very best with your surgery and recovery. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.
Thank you for your comment. Maybe I will try to lessen my Oxycondone dose now prior to my surgery. The neurosurgeon is very strict on meds so I assume he will not give me much. I will request that I do not get a high dose. He knows that I can not wait to get off my pain meds after all these yrs. I never knew it would be like this. My head must have been in the sand. Thank you so much. Mimisipoo
I would have to agree with Tuck. Oxycodone is the lesser of the two drugs. That is, it's less potent than Morphine. It is also better for a taper. Oxycodone will allow you to drop to a 5mg tab instead of a 15mg tab with Morphine. I also feel that you'll get better pain control with the Oxycodone.
Ask your doctor to refer you to a pain management specialist. They can perscribe either suboxone/naloxone OR subtex. Suboxone comes in sublingual strips that don't taste as bad and dissolve instantly under your tongue. You cannot take regular opiate pain medication however while taking either because this medication is specifically designed to help people withdrawal from heroin/ and synthetic heroin aka any opioid pain meds. I specifically asked my doc to put me on subtex after my surgery because I had been prescribed norco for pain and didnt want to have any side effects. It's a VERmY effective medication and doesn't give you any doped up feeling or nausea like the regular opiates. I would highly recommend it and hope that this helps
I think the morphine would be the best to withdraw from simply because it's the weaker of the two drugs milligram-wise, or dosage-wise. I have heard horror stories from people weaning off of suboxone. Then again, every medication effects people differently.......talk with your doctor about this, he/she knows you best. Good luck.
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