I have been taking hydromorph contin for about 6 months now and I get about 80% pain relief from it. I also find that it starts to wear off after about 8 hours. Right now I am prescribed 18mg & 24mg plus an additional 6mg for pain attacks. I love that I can take it and still function i.e drive my car because it doesn't make me a zombie the way oxycontin did. Is hydromorph contin available in the U.S.?
After a while, you might be building a tolerance. When you first started on the hydromorph, did it help more than 80%? I think the hydromorph is dilaudid in the U.S. It's pretty expensive without insurance. I was prescribed that along with the pain patch after getting released from the hospital. The patches were very expensive too! After 2 months I had to switch to cheaper (less effective) pain meds. If you're on a good enough extended release pain med, you should rarely need a med for breakthrough pain. If I had my choice, I would take the dilaudid er at a good enough dose to keep me pain free 24/7. But even then, you eventually grow tolerant to those too. There are so many opioid meds on the market, it's trial and error in getting someone with severe, chronic pain on just the right med and dosage. Since my accident in Sept., I've had at least 4 dosage/med changes.
After reading many Q and A's on this forum, it sounds like methodone is the best drug for consistent, good pain control. After 6 months of hydromorph, you might need adjustment in your dosage?
80%? I would be happy with that! Good luck to you.
i'm with chris if you are getting 80 percent relief than you are doing great!i am on the patch and with insurance it's around 56.00 a month and then i have 5mg's of perc's and for really really bad break through i'm om fentanyl citrate 200mcg's and can repeat in 15 minutes!and they are times when nothing will ease my pain!but thank God those days are few and far between now since being on the fentanyl patch!!
wishing you the best!
Did you know that you can get 30 mg Hydromorph Contin? As well as for breakthrough pain they have instant release Dilaudid 2, 4, 6, 8 mg tabs. An increase of your meds is maybe the answer. I grew a tolerance for the meds and my Dr. just kept upping me until the pain was under control. I am finding that I am almost pain free. However I would like to know if a person could take the 30 mg Hydromorph Contins every 8 hours instead of every 12 hrs
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