I takeone four times aday ann they seem to lose affect after 2 to 3 hours. The med is 15mg oxycodone hcl,but they work fast and help a whole lot,or should go to time release
As you have noticed the immediate release wears off sooner than the time release. If you take the time release regularly before the pain gets unbearable, you may find that it works better and you have to take less often. You can always take the time release and ask for medicine for break through pain as well.
With immediate release opioids, they generally begin working in 15-30 minutes. The peak action will be at about the 2-3 hour mark then will taper off over the next couple of hours. That is one problem with short acting meds. You get frequent peaks and valleys in your pain level. You might find that taking a long acting drug you get less of those peaks and valleys The pain relief is more sustained due to the nature of the way the drug works. Long acting preparations are usually more recommended for chronic pain because they do "hold" you longer. Pain has a way of building the longer it is not addressed so having frequent "peaks and valleys" and waiting for your next dosing schedule can cause pain to build to where it takes more and more pain meds to bring it back down to a tolerable level. Since long acting drugs are, well, long acting, you can better keep ahead of the pain. Long acting drugs are also taken on schedule rather than "as needed" so this tends to keep pain under better control in the long term. I, personally, prefer the long acting route. I think it controls my pain levels better and I dont find myself doing so much clock watching as I do when taking the short acting drugs. I do take short acting drugs for breakthrough pain if I have to do something I know will cause pain or sometimes toward the end of my long acting drugs dosing schedule if I find my pain is rising before my next dose is due so I do have both worlds. It really all comes down to what works best for you in your particular situation.
- Oxycodone Information for Consumers
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