So as all of my friends on here probably know by now.That a couple of months ago.I was on the forums complaining about how vicoden was giving me stomach pains right.Okay so my dr actually took my word for it.Which at first I thought he was going to call me a lier but it turned out better than I expected.So he ended up prescribing me the 5mg tablets of oxycodone.The kind without TYLENOL in it.NO STOMACH PROBLEMS YET!!(Knock on Wood):).There is only 1 problem though.I feel like the oxycodone he prescribed me is just some rip off of Vicoden.In all honesty the Vicoden worked 10X better in terms of pain relief but as you all know.I had to stop it because it was tearing my stomach inside out.I mean have I just not been taking it long enough or maybe 2 low of a dose or does any body else feel like the vicoden actually works better 2??I recently read that hydrocodone gets converted into hydromorphone.Once it reaches your liver and from wikipedia hydromorphone is stronger than oxycodone.So is that maybe the case or do I need a higher dosage of the oxycodone??
This question has also been asked and answered here: Oxycodone vs Hydrocodone - What's the difference between them?
When ever I take Vicodin I actually time myself when I take it. After 15 minutes I eat something even if it's a cookie, & it seems to just kick in(the vicodin). If I don't do that, it doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe you could try this with the Oxycdone. I've heard it's suppose to be stronger, but Vicodin works better for me. Eating something (wait 15 minutes) after taking the pill will also protect the stomach. Hope this helps...
How much hyrocodone were you taking? I think oxycodone works better than hydrocodone myself, but I know of people who prefer hydrocodone. It is one of those things that different drugs work better for some but not for others.Also you say he gave you the oxycodone without the acetaminophen (Tylenol). Perhaps the acetaminophen adds more pain releif than you might think as well. Many hydro tabs have 500-750 mgs acetaminophen. Does plain APAP (acetaminophen) hurt your stomach? If not, try taking a cuople of extra strength Tylenol with your oxycodone and see if that helps. If none of that works perhaps you do just need a stronger dose. There is also the option of hydromorphone (or Dilaudid) if your Dr will prescribe it. maybe a low dose of Dilaudid will be better than the oxy. Good Luck to you. I hope you get some releif soon. I feel for you. I am trying to get my Dr to change me to something different other than OxyContin.
Ever since they have changed the formula they just dont work nearly as well as they did. I'm supposed to see someone different this month. My Dr has handed me over to a collegue since I dont want to keep on trying to do epidurals and RFA's and all that kind of thing. I've tried all of it before with different Drs and it has never been effective and I dont feel that I should keep having to waste my money so he can feel like he is doing something other than pushing pills (plus making a good sum in the process!) Sorry, I'm getting off your problem and onto mine! Hang in there arcanoidcyst16!
I myself have been taking both Hydrocodone/acetaminophen and Oxycontin for some time now due to a messed up back. I started off with 5mg/325 hydrocodone 1-2 tabs 4-5 times a day. 6 months later I was up to 30mg Hydrocodone 4-5 times daily, which as most of you know, is above the daily limit for acetaminophen intake(3grams). After discussing my concern about the Tylenol intake with my Dr., he decided to put me on Oxycontin 30mg 2 times daily and if I had any breakthrough pain issues to take 20mg-30mg Hydrocodone 2 times max daily. I too found the Hydrocodone to be MUCH BETTER at helping my pain. I'm not sure why that is, as the above poster said- everyone's body is different and what works for some may not for another.
I voiced my opinion about this to my Dr., mostly because the cost of the medications differ so greatly! I pay 11.00 for 300 Hydrocodone and 103.00 for 60 Oxycontin! I really didn't want to pay all this money for a drug that really wasn't working, so I asked to just go back to the Hydrocodone 30mgs-4-5 a day. Well when I started back, I found I couldn't take enough Hydrocodone to relieve my strained back after work. I guess the Oxycontin raised my tolerance something fierce, and was forced to go back on the Oxycontin, and now at a higher dose. I do find the Hydrocodone to work effectively mixed with the Oxycontin, it just sometimes upsets my stomach putting the 2 together.
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