My long lasting pain medicine, Duragesic 100, which I've been taking for several years isn't working properly & I'm considering discussing Oxycodone with my PM doctor. However several years ago, when I was first injured, I tried taking Percodan or Percocet, can't remember which, but as a result had severe migraines. It's my understanding that Oxycodone, Percodan, & Percocet are basically the same medications, but with different additives. Still have migraines but under control most of year. Has anyone had problems with migraines because of taking this Oxycodone? I sure would appreciate any input on this. Thanks
I've been on opiate painkillers for at least the past 10 years including Duragesic & Oxycodone & I've noticed with all of them & this is actully a real problem called a "Narcotic headache" & they are just as bad as migraines,like sensitivity to light & sound. I think the reason you may not be experiencing them with the Duragesic is because it goes into your system so slowly. With me the headaches went away after time or with ibuprofen which seems strange because obviously the opiates are much stronger,but since they're the thing causing them it makes sense that a normal painkiller would help. You can try whatever works best for you I just stay away from tylonol because of the possable liver damage,plus with me ibuprofen just works better & I can take more without worrying. Percocet have tylonol percodan have aspirin if that helps with your decision. Hope this helps & good luck.
All opioids can cause increased intercranial pressure to some degree and some people are more sensitive to it than others and some drugs seem to cause it in some people more than others. This increase in intercranial pressure is what causes the headache. If percocet caused it for you previously, it is likely that any oxycodone will do the same. This is a sensitivity that doesnt usually get better with time either. You will probably be better served by looking towards another drug, perhaps morphine?
I had the same problem in the past of Percocet causing migraines, and needing pain medication after an accident, was worried about taking it.
I initially took Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen) successfully (migraine-wise) for a while and then my doctor prescribed Oxycodone (without acetaminophen or ibuprofen), which I have been able to take without any migraine issues.
It seems that the acetaminophen in conjunction with the Oxycodone was the problem; alone it's fine. Hope you're able to take what you need without any adverse effects. Good luck.
I have dealt with migraines for over 40 years. After trying many drugs, I've found that Frova (frovatriptan succinate) relieves the pain. Six months ago I started taking oxycodone for a back condition (degenerative spondylolisthesis). I had back fusion surgery six weeks ago, and weaned myself completely off oxycodone two weeks ago. During the entire time I was on oxycodone, I had no migraines. Yesterday and today they resumed. (The Frova still works). Go figure!
My brother is a Neurologist who also has as subspecialty in migraine headaches treatment. He told me that when it comes to migraines, every headache is uniquely different. Those medicine that may work for one patient with migraines may have no effect on another patient with migraines or even make a igraine work. Therefore each patient with migraines should get a customized treatment regimen (with appropriate meds as well as other relevant therapy) that works for them. He added that the generalization many people have, which is that opiates do not work on migraines and actually make migraines worse, are completely WRONG. Opiates do work very well for some patients who suffer from migraines, while others can't take opiates for their migraines. The point is that the treatment that is most effective for each patient who suffers from migraines is individually customized with a treatment plan that works for them.
There is no "one size fits all" concept in treating migraines. So people who do not understand how migraines work, need to stop generalizing in how migraines should be treated. Let me add that thankfully for me, I do not suffer at all from migraine headaches
I have, HOWEVER, it was when I was put on too much. I agree with the person who answered that there is no “one size fits all”. Each case will be different depending on so many factors. I just yesterday was admitted to the hospital for a ‘complicated migraine ‘ and the first thing the ER doctor did is bad mouth what I had been on in the past (Percocet-which has helped me at the correct dosage) when it had nothing to do with what was going on yesterday with the complicated migraine and when I left he had put on my charts for my other doctors to take me off my Percocet and other medications. Now I have to deal with all of that.
You need to make sure whomever you go to understands that, or believes that what works for one may not work for another and vice versa and be prepared to adjust you if needed. Unfortunately it’s hard to find the right doctors, medecine and money to get treated correctly. Good luck and sorry this is so long!!
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