I was prescribed 20mg oxycontin yesterday and was told to take 1 every eight hours. So far I don't think it wins as well as the Percocets I had 6, 10mg percs a day. Now if what I have read is true on how the time release works and it only administers 20 mg of oxycodone over 8-12 hours why would my doc switch me from take 20 mg of percocet every 5 hours to getting a 20 mg dose over 8-12 hours? Seems like a downgrade to me...
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It does release 20mg over a 12 hour period. 20mg is a pretty normal starting dose and would be appropriate for you. If you were taking a 10mg percocet every 4 hours or 6 times a day that is 60mg a day so divide by 3 for every 8 hours and you get a dose of 20mg. Remember that you take this every 8 hours whether or not you have pain and also remember that it does take a few days for a consistent blood level to be obtained so you are not going to feel full relief for a few days. Give it a good week before you know for sure where you are at as far as pain control. OxyContin is usually much more effective for chronic pain because it stays ahead of the pain and you get steadier, more consistent relief. Hang in there a few more days and you should start seeing some improvement.
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