I have had chronic neck and back pain for the last 20 years. I was on Percocet for years before my surgery, didn't take anything for about 6 years after and now I am currently on Lortab 10 mg. but they have never seemed to work very well. Would like to ask doctor about Oxycodone IR, but dont know what dosage to discuss with him. Thanks!
Hi melissa, I too have had chronic pain for 15 years. My doctor just changed me from 2-10mg Percocets 4 times a day to 2-15 mg Oxycodone IR 4 times a day. I've been on them for three months now and when I go back on Monday I am going to ask him to switch me back to the Percocets. I don't know why, but for some reason they seem to work better for me... maybe it's the Tylenol in them, that's what my husband thinks. He has been on them also, and so has my mom. Even if we take Tylenol with them, they still don't work as well for some reason. Good Luck
Might I recommend a longer acting pain medication such as Avinza or Tramadol ER. These meds stay working in the body over a longer period of time and that means you don't have to take as often. Oxycodone also comes in a extended release formula.
I don't actually know what the conversion would be for Lortab 10's to Oxy IR. Best to let the doctor make the conversion anyway, they have tables for that and I just don't have one.
Just my thoughts,
i was on 10mg's of narco's same as tabs but without tyl. better on my liver .any way i'm now on 5mg's of perc's but was 15mg's of oxy's until they changed me last month out my pm visit !i am also on the fentanyl patch too!so u might need a higher dosage!ask your doc he can tell u cause he'll have to give u a script for them!''
and if u have a good pm they won't get up set if u ask about changing ur meds ,not saying they'll change !
You cant ask your doctor for a certain medication. Just let him/her know that you are in much more pain than Lortab can ease and that you need something more stronger. If you're wanting a whole new medication altogether, I'd suggest to let them know that or they'd more then likely just up your dosage on Lortab. Hope this helps a bit and that you can finally find that serenity!
Hi Melissa - some of my respnse depends on how long you've been seeing ur PM & how well u know each other. I've been w/ the same PM Center for 8 yrs & the staff know me well & I'm very comfortable w/ them. However, in that time my actual Dr's have changed 5 times & it seems 2 take awhile 2 "break in" each new Dr - building trusting, understanding me & my problems, etc. Just saw a new one today & can tell we're going 2 need some time 2 get 2 know each other. If you're comfortable w/ ur Dr, I usually just explain why something is not working 4 me, & then ask what he thinks about x, y, & z & if he thinks any of those would work for me & what he would recommend. That way, I'm still showing I respect his opinion while also showing him what I'm thinking might work.
In the end, it's always the Dr's call but I've shown that I've done some research & am not asking 4 one specific med but a class of similiar meds. Personally, I stay away from acetomenephen as it makes me nauseated & 2 protect my liver. There have been lots of good time released meds mentioned & has already been mentioned, the good docs have conversion a timed released morphine (MS Contin?) & my doctor just used a table calculating what I can take in the hospital (2mg) & gave me the equivalent. Didn't work, but it was a good try! Best of luck 2 u
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