Acetaminophen/Oxycodone - what is considered a high dose of oxycontin for chronic pain?
- 28 Jul 2009 by fishawn
- 29 Nov 2016
- oxycontin, pain, back pain, acetaminophen, acetaminophen/oxycodone, oxycodone
I have been in 3 auto accidents and suffer w/ chronic back pain. Sometimes I feel like I am just taking up space cause I can't work, I take 4 oxycontin 80mg which only makes the pain managable at best. I wear a Duragesic Patch 75 every 72 hours as well. Is anyone even close to that? I don't crush, snort, or anything like that, my tolerance has just risen over the years. Mine is such a long story that I'll wait for responses before I continue... I pray that all of you hurting will find relief starting today!! Thank you for reading and may God bless you always!!
You're on a HIGH amount of RX opiates. That's a very simple call. I was there too at one point taking LOTS more than you are. I've been clean for years now. But you should probably post on the drugs.com forum and you'll get lots more replies if you want an ongoing conversation. Just start a new thread there and you'll get lots of replies. I'll watch for your post. God bless.
Hello Robert- I take high doses of percocet for my chronic back pain. I also wear a patch. The dose you take does sound high and you must be careful because it can cause SCA-Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Not the same as a heart attack-your heart just stops beating period! Ask your Doctor or another Doctor if necessary. I nearly had my neck broken when I was rear-ended by a tractor tailer as I was stopped in traffic on 6/2/06. I know how you feel. I will be 51 in a couple of weeks and have not been able to work due to the constant pain. I go to physical therapy 3 times a week for electornic muscle ralaxation & massage therapy. This does help but like you I have built a tolerance to the pain meds I have been taking. I was prescribed Roxicodone which did finally work but was taken off the market shortly after because it is now a popular street drug.
It is sad because people like ourselves must suffer for those who just want to get high. I have had 12 surgeries and I am beyond anymore repair so I must rely on pain meds & therapy to help me do everyday simple things... like laundry, cleaning... etc. Don't ever give up because your family needs you and God will get us through these tough times! God Bless You. Cindi
That is pretty high dose. I wish the best of luck cause I am in the same boat. Would not wish this on anybody, ever! What about Methadone with the oxy. That sometimes works for me. Can't wear the patches, allergic.
Don't lose your faith! You'll be in my prayers, remember that you are NOT just 'taking up space', there is always a purpose. What can you do from home that would make you feel good (not pain wise, mentally) ? I bet there are many people in your position and starting/joining a support group may help amazingly.
I am confused when you say 80mg... I take 10/325 oxycodone. Would yours be equivalent to 8/325 or is it 8 times as strong as mine like 80/325?
Well, if the doctor is prescribing this he probably is going on what you tell him reguarding your pain. I know in my situation I take these pain meds as well and in order to get the proper dosage from my doctor I have to first of all be honest with myself. Do the pills really remove my pain? Do I take them just to keep my mind off of the pain replacing it with a buzz? Am I so addicted that now I take them to avoid detox more than to releive pain. I take a small amount daily and refuse to climb the ladder because now matter how much i take, once I taper off to expect that amount daily my pain is not releived and I just need more and more to feed the addiction, not releive the pain. It is a very fine line and once you are honest with yourself you can then talk to your doctor as to weather you should wean yourself down or not.
I would try all outlets before turning to any pain medication,its very addicting and hard to come off of.I also needed and need pain meds. due to cronic pain and 8 surgeries but if I can help someone else say no to them I will.Im in the process of stoping before my life is runioned any more,Im a very head strong women and have never had a addictive personality until them.I never seen it coming and they have almost runioned my intire life.So I hope I didnt afend you and hope it helps you I know being able to say it helps me so thank you for listening.
Fishawn, First of all, YOU ARE NOT, I REPEAT NOT just taking up space! Hope in the 9 months since you posted you have changed your attitude. Anyone with chrontic pain & on that amount of pain killers or not, gets to feeling that way. If you are fairly young, it's even worse. You have to accept that this is your plight & take it a day at a time. My husband was declared totally disabled at 32 & it took him years to accept it, but finally has & is ok with it now. I went on it at 44, & felt useless too, but eventually with some counseling I leaned to accept it too. Since it's been so long, how about an update on your meds? We're here for you anytime. Let us know how you're doing. I found out there are a lot more people in my situation since I joined this fabulous site in Jan. of 2010. It's been a great comfort. Looking forward to hearing from you...
Really depends on what you compare it too. For someone not used to taking opiates you are on very high doses. Compared to say a terminal cancer patient your not even scratching the surface. Based on your report of what's causing your pain I'd call it an average dose, especially because your close to what I take. As for taking up space, I'd point you toward a local support group. Seek out other "partners in pain" and I don't mean people getting it illegally. Chronic pain is no joke, it's 24/7 and never sleeps. You're not alone, reach out, it'll help you cope.
If you're on this amount of medication but still suffering, maybe you need to seek a second opinion from another doctor. HOWEVER - depending on the pain contract you probably signed - you may need to tell your current doctor before you make the appointment with the second doctor. Asking for an okay to seek a second opinion might get your current doctor wondering what he/ she's missed that you're still having problems.
The pain management doctor I see is part of a practice that uses many procedures to help people with all kinds of pain - back, knee and hip pain, even fibromyalgia. There may be a new procedure that could help you!
No one deserves to suffer. There's a big difference between dependence and addiction. Don't sit in pain and don't "up" your intake of your medication without talking with your doctor first.
There is a huge problem in the U.S. with addiction, but there are many, many pain patients who need pain medications in order to function at all. There is no shame in that. Be open and honest with your doctor, most importantly.
Wishing you pain-free moments throughout each day ...
Please don't ever say you are taking up space because you can't work... I realise it is easy to feel that way especially when you are in pain.
My problem isn't so severe as yours I have had 3 back ops and have chronic pain. I take oxycodone 40 every morning and night along with tapentadol and lyrica. At the moment I am getting no relief from the pain. I haven't been able to work now for almost 4 years and I spend most of the day lying in bed because I cannot sit or the pain becomes much worse. The doctors at least are trying to find something to help. I'm 40 and single. I've given up ever hoping to meet someone. We each have a place and a purpose in this life. Try not to get down I realise that's easier said than done. I hope you are starting to find some pain relief now.
AT THE HEIGHT of my painmanagement I was taking 2 Duragesic 100mcg
patches everyother day as well as morphine 15 mg 2-4 tab q 6 hrs for breakthrough pain as well as Toradol 60 mg IM for break through pain periodically. As I lok back on that period of time I don't know how I was able to stand up.
Today, I have a neuro stimulator impl;anted ion my back antake 30 mg morphins xr BID with percocet 10/325 for breakthough pain.
I hope you are still reading answers left for you here. Yes, the Oxycontin 80/325 that you are taking is a very large dose. Most doctors are stuck at the 5/325 point and you have to really be able to prove you are in a severe amount of pain for them to go up to the 7.5 or the 10/325 pills. My doctor won't go any higher than the 10/325 Percocet. She just keeps adding stuff into the mix. So currently I am taking Kadian, a time release morphine, 100 mg twice a day, Percocet 10/325 every 4 to 6 for breakthrough pain, 150 a month, Fentanyl patches, one every 72 hrs, Lidoderm patches 5% for localized pain, and now Gralise, 1800 mg each night plus all the meds I take for my migraine headaches. Talk about side-effects, but which med are they coming from?And the worst part? I'm still in pain! But I can sure tell the difference if I miss a dose! It's real, not psychological.
I may not realize I missed a dose until the pain escalates.I'm doing pretty ok for now, but my disease attacks my brain cells and messes with my memory, it is going to cause early dementia and I am not even 50 yet. That's when I realized there are worse things than being in pain all the time. I hope you are doing better and I would like to hear more of your long story. God Bless You.
At my highest dose, I would take 120 mg of Oxycontin and 45 mg of Immediate Release Oxycodone every 4 hours (usually 6 times a day, but sometimes only 5 times a day, if I was lucky enough to sleep through the pain at night.) But I have an unusual complication . . . I developed severe mal-absorption after a surgeon disabled 90% of my intestines. So I was really only absorbing 10% of the medications I took. Does anyone else out there have mal-absorption issues? Perhaps after having a gastric-bypass?
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