i am prescribed this dose but it is too strong for me so i cut in in fours and take 20 mg at a time. my brother just told me that im not suppose to do that and my doctor is out of town so i cant ask til wed can you please help
Can you cut oxycodone er 80 mg up and only take partial?
Question posted by liysa60 on 16 Jan 2012
Last updated on 22 December 2016 by Nyr816
Check with your prescribing Doc, but I am close to 100 percent sure that with these, the time release is actually formulated throughout the pill to prevent abuse. Meaning the pill will gel up if attempting to inject. That being said, cutting them into smaller doses should be fine seeing as the time release is still active throughout the pill... in older formulations, the green coating was the actual time release which was extremely easy to bypass, but I do believe the entire pill itself is formulated to be extended release... again though double check with your doctor just to be in the safe side
Let's try common sense. The doc has prescribed these for you to take one every 12 hours. I must assume you have had previous prescriptions for this med since no doctor should ever begin your therapy at this level.
First, if you really cannot tolerate that amount, then ask for the mg value to be lowered. They are available in many sizes. Second, since you have obviously tried taking an 80mg tab and haven't overdosed in that 12hr period, then it's not likely you would OD on 25% of that dose, whether it was released immediately or not. There's much debate whether or not crushing the (OP) pill destroys ALL of the ER properties. I personally feel it retains a good amount. But there is NO debate however when speaking of the old (OC) pills. The ER properties of those discontinued pills was definitely destroyed when crushed.
My point is, if you want to take only a quarter of the OP80, and even if it did release all oxycodone immediately, it would only be as strong as taking a couple of Percocet 10's. You should be able to tolerate that amount since anyone who has never taken pain medicine before, would also be able to tolerate it. It is a rather small dose in comparison.
heres how u will always know how to answer the cut in half question on any pill the only pills that are made to be cut in half are going to be scored the reason a pill is scored is to let the consumer know that the drug that's in it was distributed evenly through out the pill so that no matter what side u take ur getting the same dosage when the pill isn't scored that means that one half might have more of the main chemical then the other half because the drug wasn't distributed the same way k so remember that and youll always make the right choice
I may get a lot of flack for this BUT if you cut them just like M.S Contin(extended relief morphine sulfate,if you didn't know. I assume most peeps on this sight do but figure I'll through it in just the same) they are solid,the color isn't the time release & if you use a pill cutter & make sure they are 4 EQUAL parts they will dissolve just like if they were whole,chewing them up you will get the whole dose at once & take a real chance of O.D'ing because your dose dumping,plus if your on 80mg there are a lot of people who take 2 10mg oxcycodone so I imagine your tolerance is quite high. I myself wouldn't sweat it but I'm not a doctor. You could get 10mg Oxcycontin & just take to that way you would get the longer acting form rather then 4 5mg oxcycodone immediate release which only last about 4 hours. Talk to doc when they get back,but if your not nodding out with 4 parts of an 80mg like I said I wouldn't worry.
Rajive is right! Please call your prescribing doctor and ask him to lower the miligrams to something you can manage. Or have him switch your med to an instant release form so you can break them up.
er means 'extended release', which means when you take the entire pill it releases slowly in body throughout the day. As Rajve explained, cutting them may release too much at once.
Best wishes and call your doc,
It is not recommended to break, dissolve, or crush Oxycodone ER tablets this could be very dangerous, as this will cause too much of the medication to be released too quickly.
Take care, best wishes!
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