what are the differences and similarities. I have a tolerance to oxycodone after 9 months and am looking to my new PM to provide alternatives for my nerve pain.
30 Sep 2010
Hi Zeppfan. The main difference between the 2 is Morphine is stronger than oxycodone. Of course it depends on th individual and the mg's. I agree with Sable on taking the lowest doses possible and still have an active life. The MSContin is a controlled release medication and is best when a break through med like oxycodone is prescribed along with it. Percocet (oxycodone) is easy to grow tolerant to. So it's best to get a GOOD extended release med more then a good instant release med. Because if the MSContin is the right dosage, you should rarely need the bt med. But usually people with severe chronic pain are prescribed both. I just started my 3rd increase in the ER med 1 week ago. I was able to take less of the bt med as a result. Since my injury, it was almost 6 months before any increases. Good luck to you at your appt.
30 Sep 2010
MS CONTIN, controlled release morphine is an excellent choice for opioid tolerant persons. Be very careful, tolerance quite often leads to dependence which may lead to addiction.
Stay on the lowest dose possible. The goal of pain management is to make your pain tolerable, not to make you pain free.
This is where many patients and their doctors make life altering mistakes. Medication is only one part of a comprehensive pain management program. Be sure you get alternative treatments. Make your doctor aware that you are seeking additional ways to treat your pain. There is a wonderful book out called " Managing Pain Before It Manages You" by Margaret A. Caudill, MD. It provides information and also is a workbook. If I would have used it I know for a fact I would not be in the position I am in today. Read my profile to get some insight as to where I have been and where I am now. It truly is disgusting. Keep in touch. God Bless and Good Luck. Sable
24 Oct 2011
i was reading all of your responses and i wanted to thank you for all of your insight. my mother is on oxycontin er and oxycodone immediate release. as i read about these medications they scare me to death because i worry about my mothers health with taking these narcotics. she is 69 years old and a little forgetful, probably due to the medication or her age. i try to find information on how or if these medications affect you as far as health wise and can not find good information. the info that i have found seems to me that as long as they are taken properly then there is not much of a risk of any serious implications or resulting in death. i know they are very addictive but they are the one meds that help her cope with her disease.
she has finally allowed me to control her meds because she would be forgetful and take too much and i would have to stay some nights with her and my dad because she would run around the house imagining things and my dad was no help at giving her her pills because she would argue with him so he would give her what she wanted, but now that i control them, they seem to help her quite a bit without all of the side affects. again i like to thank all of you for posting comments about your medical situations and if you have any advice for my mother feel free to respond.
good luck to all of you and stay healthy and hopefully you have more good days than bad. chris
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