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Reviews for Opana ER to treat Pain
Review by kims46342:
I have tried many different medications for my back, I have deteriorating arthritis in my lower back along with curvature of the spine. I am currently on Opana ER 10 mg twice a day, and Norco 4 times a day for break through pain. When I get up in the morning I can hardly move, I take the Opana and within half an hour I can move better. I still have pain but not as intense as it was. It has helped a lot. I would not be able to afford this medicine without the coupon.
I was hurt on the job back in 2006.Had a disc removed and fusion of L4 and L5 in my lower back.I have suffered for years with chronic back and leg pain because of this injury.I was on 80 mg's of Percocet a day for 2 years and was taken off of it,cold turkey as they say,by my Dr.
After 5 days of terrible withdrawl's,my Dr. put me on OPANA ER 10 mg tab's,twice a day.They helped me with my withdrawl symptoms but didn't do much for my pain.
My Dr. agreed to up my dosage to 30 mg's,twice per day.
WOW!!!! What a difference these 30 mg pills make.Pain is about a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 and I can finally sleep again.
It is known that only 10 percent of your dose is actually absorbed by the body and the rest is eliminated when taken orally.
I just started this medication a few days ago and I am on 10 mg twice per day..I would have to say it works very well on my neck and back pain and my nauseating migraines which all result from a car accident and I'm only 23 years old. I luckily have a very nice understanding doctor and know what I'm going through and he has never turned me down when I've needed an increase or change in meds.
11 users found this comment helpful.
I suffer from neck and back issues with my spine and I have tried many different pain medications and procedures but the one where I got the most relief is Opana. Sometimes the pain is so bad that Opana or my breakthrough medication do not control it. Maybe 6 to 10 times a week.
I have suffered for over 30 years. Was going to the VA and then my family DR gave me this, it was a life change and then the medicine went off for a short time I thought it would never come back. When it did my Dr slowly moved my medicine up. I am getting better, I have a lot of pain, was hurt in the army.
11 users found this comment helpful.
My doctor switched me from Oxycontin to Opana ER 40mg three times a daay when it first came out. I have had wonderful results with little to no decrease in mental ability which is important since I work as an ER RN. Since the outcome of the new crush proof formulation, though, I feel that the strength and effectiveness has decreased. I am glad they are making the formula abuse proof, but I don't think the patients who don't abuse the medication should suffer. I now have to take double the amount of pills as before!
35 users found this comment helpful.
When I first started taking Opana original formula I was overjoyed. Finally a medication that relieved my pain. Then the new formula came out and I literally cried. Why did you change a medication that worked so well? I realize that you're trying to make your medication abuse proof, but you did so at the expense of the legitimate Opana users who take the medication as prescribed. The new formula gives me no where near the relief of the old formula and it also takes twice as long to work.
36 users found this comment helpful.
I was in an accident. Doctors words...I had to learn how too do everything again walk, talk, stand, brush teeth etc. Oxycodone and Oxycontin neather worked much. I was switched to Opana ER. What a difference this made. Pain was reduced by 50% more than the Oxycontin and almost no mental decrease. This was my biggest issue and now solved with Opana ER. Thank you Opana ER.
I've got scoliosis and disc herniation. I was taking Vicoprofen 7.5/200 four times a day. It worked great. My Dr refused to write for it anymore and insisted I take Opana ER 10mg 2X daily. I went from a $15 co-pay to a $180 co-pay. The medicine seems to do OK with the pain...but the constipation!! Also, I feel very sad and somber on it.
10 users found this comment helpful.
After failed back fusion surgery L4 L5 S1 nothing would touch the pain until Opana ER. I was taking 20 mg three times daily and have cut back to 5 mg 3 times daily with significant pain increase because I thought I was losing my mind. I seem to have built up a tolerance and either need to increase again dramatically or find something else. Have heard that you can easily build tolerance to Opana. I am your proof.
I was prescribed OxyContin 30 mg 4 X daily and eventually it didn't work so well as when I first started taking it. I took my left over OxyContin pills to my physician who then prescribed me 40 mg Opana ER (yellow octagonal shape). It works so much better than OxyContin and the pain relief lasts longer. There is no "high" associated with Opana ER. I have several painful medical conditions after being injured at work and some years later was involved in a near fatal car wreck. Opana ER is a wonderful medication. The only drawback is that is does take about an hour to start working well. The pain relief lasts about 8 hours. I highly recommend speaking to your physician about Opana ER if continuous pain relief is needed.
11 users found this comment helpful.
I take Opana ER 20mg twice a day along with Oxycodone 30mg 3 times a day for break through pain, I think it works wonderful. I have severe lower back pain all day and all night. If I don't have the Opana along with the Oxycodone then it just doesn't work well at all. I have tried many other medicine and this is the one that works for sure.
I have had two lower back surgeries (L4-L5) and (L5-S1) which has left me with severe pain in both feet and severe sciatica in the left leg radiating down to my left foot. I have tried Oxycontin and oxycodone with limited success. Now I take Opana ER 20 mg twice daily with about level 1 to 2 pain instead of the constant level 4 to 5 pain reaching level 7-8 when the dose wore off.
I have taken many things for my pain. I have had a level 3 spinal fusion and need more back surgery. My doctor gave me Opana and kept me on my oxycodone for break through pain. What a huge relief and not only that but the Opana did not give me that high feeling and I'm able to get around like a human again. I have to say the Opana gave me at least 8 hrs of relief and I was able to sleep and get up the next morning and move, where as before I woke up so stiff, sore and could hardly move.
I have tried many different medications and therapies for my lower back pain to no avail. I swiched doctors, and he prescribed Opana 20mg, 2x a day. It is by far the most effective pain medication I have tried, with the fewest side effects. Once you adjust to the sedation, all that remains is phenomenal pain relief.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Opana ER is the 1st ER medication that I've tried that actually works for an extended period of time. And I've had to try many for my severe back and neck injuries. One 20mg pill will last at least 8 hrs, and I work long 16 hr days so that's a very good thing. I highly recommend it for people with severe problems/injuries. I definitely wouldn't recommend it for just mild to moderate pain problems or acute problems. Most ideal for people with chronic severe injuries who also work a lot.
I have been on pain medicines for over 10 years. I've tried it all. I was taking oxycodone 2 x 80mg plus 2 x 40mg plus 6 roxicodone 30mg a day. My pain doctor switched me to 2x40 plus 2x20 Opana plus with the same roxicodone a day. This helped some. I had built up a tolerance to oxycodone. Last month she changed the roxicodoen to 4x10mg Opana for break through pain. Now I have my life back. This is the first time in years I have been able to get up and get around. I have had a pain pump before and was going to get another one but after this switch as of now I don't need it. If Opana is not working you may need a higher dose if you are able to take it. Don't give up.
14 users found this comment helpful.
I had a failed surgery nine years ago on my back at L4-5 and have taken a lot of medicines to get through the day. My doctor has had me on Opana ER 20 mg only for about a year now or close to it. As far as the pain it works well with little break through. But, the side effects for me just get worse. Nausea, sweats, cold, hot, very uneasy feeling. At first they were mild but seem to be getting worse with time. I feel so sick at times it's getting to be as bad as the pain level was and just makes me as mean. My doctor has talked me out of stopping once but I just made a appointment this morning and I'm getting off Opana.
This stuff is very strong and works well. Just alot of side effects.
I had 3 back operations and on the second one I had two implants put in my L5 disc. The second and 3rd operation was about 2 1/2 years ago. Since then I was taking one 30mg Oxycontin 3 times per day and two 10mg Percocet 3 times per day. Then the Oxycontin got reformulated and did not only quit helping with the pain but also made me sick. So after talking with my pain management doctor he suggested and prescribed 40mg Opana twice a day along with my Percocet. This medicine worked so much better then the Oxycontin. The pain is gone.
28 users found this comment helpful.
When I first started taking this medicine, it was not working and I was upset that I switched from the Roxicontin 30s. I changed back to my original script but a new doctor convinced me to try the Opana once again. I took the doctor's advice and this time it worked-actually quite well. I am virtually pain free and able to play with my kids again.
27 users found this comment helpful.
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