i have taken morphine 60mg long acting and morphine 30mg short acting for over 10 years, recently my doctor switched me to oxycotin 60mg & roxycotin 30mg bacause the morphine wasnt helping so much anymore and i am experiencing withdraws now. Why???? Does my dose need to be increased or should i ask my dr to give me 5 roxycodone a day instead of 3 times a day?
Did your Dr make the switch because the Norco was no longer helping your pain? I'm asking because it's not that uncommon for a pain medication to quit being as effective as it once was. Our bodies get used the medications and that's usually why we're switched to a different one. Or, some Pain specialists will do this about every year to keep us from building up a tolerance.
I also went from Norco to Percocet recently because the Norco was no longer helping my pain. Actually, I was switched to Oxycodone. It's basically Percocet without the acetaminophen in it. I've had no problems at all. It was a relief to be switched to a pain medication that worked well for my pain.
If you have any unusual side effects call your Dr. At first you might have some dizziness, nausea and constipation. The last one is very common when you take pain medication. Drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and take a stool softener if needed.
You should be fine on the new medication but like I said, if anything unusual goes on call your Dr.
Sorry for the long post. You sounded worried though and I just wanted to reassure you that everything will most likely be just fine.
Hi, you may want to start a post of your own so more people will see it and be able to answer your questions. I really wish I could help but I know little about these three medications. Can I ask how many times per day you were taking the short acting Morphine? If it was 5 times per day and your Dr has you on 3 of the new ones that may indeed be the problem. It could be that these medications are different from each other. Again, I really wish I could help. Just go back to the forum and at the top it will ask if you want to post a question. You can do that and have your own post so more people will see it. We do have some very knowledgeable people here on this forum who should be able to answer your questions.
Chances are VERY good that you will be glad they switched you. And, if you find the percocet works "too good," be SURE to tell your doc that maybe you need LESS. This is important.
If doc prescribes you 4 pills a day, but you find that 3 pills does the trick, be absolutely sure to let doc know this! Okay?
Good point, Jerry.
People with chronic pain who have the luxury of being prescribed opioid pain relievers should always use the minimum dose to manage their pain.
Medication cannot take away all of your pain -- don't expect it to. Some people make this mistake, pushing their dose. This quickly leads to running out of medication early, opioid tolerance, opioid withdrawal at the end of each month, increased doses, and eventually, addiction.
Remember that if you are a chronic painer, your medication regimen must last the rest of your life. Since both chronic pain and opioid tolerance reduce opioid efficacy, pushing your dose or "chasing" maximum analgesia can lead to unwanted results. There are maximum doses that doctors will prescribe for these medications. You don't want to get there.
Keeping your dose as low as possible, but taking your medications as directed, will help that vital medication last.
Also, know that treating chronic pain requires multiple therapeutic modes -- PT, medical procedures, regular exercise, remedies, CBT, etc. Work with your pain management team to discover which of these modes of treatment help reduce your pain.
The key to treating chronic pain is finding treatments/behaviors that reduce your pain by a point or two. Adding them together brings your pain down to a tolerable level.
Most people in chronic pain never find complete relief, but work to keep pain under control in order to live a functional and satisfying life, in spite of pain.
I was hoping you would answer this post Philnoir. I really want to help people when I see no one else has answered their questions but I don't have the knowledge that you do, not anything even close to it at all.
Great advice, as always.