I had breast cancer in 2010 and underwent chemotherapy & radiation. While having these procedures, I developed RLS among other neuropathy's. I was then prescribed Vicodin, then Percocet from my cancer doctor and was told to get these meds from my primary care giver. They said I must see a pain mgmt clinic to be prescribed pain medication. So, my question is: since pain medicine is the ONLY way I get relief from RLS has anyone else experienced this? I am now taking 30MG Oxycodone HCL 5xdaily, is this the same as Oxycontin? Please help me, since no one seems to know anything about RLS.
First off, sorry you're going through this. I have it too. As for the Oxycontin vs. Oxycodone, they're the exact same thing, except they've switched you to the immediate release (IR) rather than the timed release (or continuous, that's what the "contin" stands for).
IR is better for breakthrough pain. As for RLS, I am on both IR & Contin and it does not help my RLS. However, RLS is one of those pesky disorders that is different for everyone in as some meds will help for some folks while not for others.
As much as I despise it, Tramadol worked best for my RLS, but it's tricky if you're also taking Oxycodone. See if your Dr will let you try 50mg at night for a few (3-5) nights to see if it helps.
Again, different for everyone. Best to you, keep me posted. Hope this helps.
I have had RLS since I was a little kid. I was put on Oxycontin and oxycodone for a pain condition and it DOES quiet my RLS but it is probably not the best first line medication for RLS unless you also have pain condtions with it. Oxycodone 30mg is a short acting or immedicate release form, Oxycontin is a long acting form and is time released. Oxycontin has no generics so your bottle would say Oxycontin if you were being given Oxycontin. They are both oxycodone, it is just how they release in the body that is different. Opioids ARE known to quiet RLS in some people (and you and I are proof of that) but most docs wont prescribe an opioid just for RLS. If you have other pain conditions, they can treat those with oxycodone and the lessening of your RLS is just a happy side effect.
I have had RLS for years and nothing helped. And by nothing I mean all the available meds for RLS. I finally found a wonderful Dr. Who did prescribe oxycontin and my pain was finally well controlled. Unfortunately it is becoming much more difficult to find a Dr who will do this with oxycontin because the D.E.A. Is putting so much pressure and fear in doctors ordering this. Probably why you were switched to fast release oxycodone. Although it is the same drug as oxycontin, oxycontin has a bad reputation due to the fact that people taking drugs for kicks will crush up these time released meds and either snort them or inject them which can very easily cause overdoses and death to someone who does not have pain. In other words abusers are making it extremely difficult for those of us that truly need pain meds. I am glad you found someone to order the oxycodone for you because it is a wonderful drug for pain relief. Anyway, hope that helped. Sorry I have been an R.N. For over 30 yes and worked with pain management issues.
Oxycontin is basically the same thing as Percocet except Oxycontin doesn't have Tylenol in it and it is long acting, so it makes sense to give you this, and if you are having other problems that cause you to have pain this will help alot too. Don't be afraid to take the Oxycontin, I know that some people are leary of taking it because they hear of all of the stories of people becoming "junkies", but if you take it as directed and don't abuse it, you will be fine. good luck!
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