I have been on narcotics for a few years. I got a new dr when I moved and he thinks I should be on extended release. He RX me for 40 mg oxycontin but I find it is to strong in morning and doesn't last but 2 - 4 hours. I cut my pill in half thinking that that would be better than I remembered I was on this new drug. Before this I took about 9 7.5 hydrocodone 2 - 3 four x day so I am having trouble with the one a day. I think it should be two a day at a lower dose. I have the OC med not OP and I split it with a pill cutter. Would it be safe. I tried taking an additional 40 mg pill at night but it is to much. Pain DR is not is contact and his nurses relayed message to discuss this at next appointment. I pretty much start withdrawl at night is the problem. Can I do this safely with a 40 MG tablet?
I have cut an 80mg OxyContin contin in half and it was no problem - using pill cutter. Sorry i cant be sure about the 40mg OxyContin though. The drug company will tell you not to do it but they are just covering themselves as I spoke to them once when I was cutting the 80mg in half they advised me not to do it but my doctor said it was no problem and it wasn't. I know one thing though and that is for me to try to come off them or go past the time when I need to take one i get shocking withdrawals. I've been on anti-depressants for 20 years as well and can't get off those either (aropax). I have tried everything but can't do it. I'm worried when it comes the time to go off OxyContin i wont be able to get off those either. Good luck & sorry I cant help with your question about the 40mg OxyContin.
Yes, cutting it is fine. Each half will still be timed release so its just like taking a 20mg oc each time then. If you crush it thats when it releases all at once. So as long as the pieces you take a whole chunks and you swallow it like that, its still timed release just the way it is before cutting it.
I have been on oxycontin for 8 years (2 x 40's) with 5 mg oxycodones for breakthru pain (oxycontins only last about 8 hours). I have been halving and quartering the 40's lately so I can reduce the amount to 10's and 20's. Since my insurance company has rules on using combinations of 10's and 20's at 60 per month each, or 120 oxycodones 5's per month and 60 20's - I use the 20's every 12 hours and the 10's after 8 hrs into the 20's. (8 hours on 20's and 4 on 10's twice a day). The 30's are really hard to find - the 20's, 40's and 80's are at any pharmacy, but the difficulty in stocking and reduced demand for 30's make them more expensive than 20's or 40's for the pharmacies. Between the insurance company restrictions and the shortage of 30's , cutting seems the only way to reduce my daily mgs. without the pain making life miserable or the cost becoming prohibitive.
I suffered a the near-fatal accident that took 17 years for them to make a correct diagnosis of the remaining symptoms including severe fibromyalgia chronic fatigue syndrome and non-stop pain I have lived in pain for over 20 years and it has never gone away, however it can vary in degree one of the medications I take is Oxycotin I also take Percocet as the daughter of a pharmacist I know that most pills are not supposed to be cut or crushed however you can usually cut a regular tablet of Oxycontin or Percocet directly and half your dose to have them last longer without down time (but it also depends on whether extended release )
usually you will have no ill effects if you choose to take half a tab more frequently and grind it up and put it in something that won't cause a problem
the reason they advise you not to crush it is most people will crush an entire pill and then try to guesstimate how much is a half or fourth and how much to take it you also should not try to cut it in Fourths as the tablet is no longer a strong a bond and will dplinter it will not give you an exact safe dose. some people go through horrible withdrawals when I've had to take it and go without the only ones I have is the pain is much much worse and I am even more exhausted from trying to fight the pain since I have to fight it every single day although I have a high tolerance to meds have not had to increase it and when they have tried to switch me to something else I have not had any sort of nausea craving withdrawals the only thing I have is more pain I'm always on the lookout to see if there's something else that's better or stronger with my tolerance increase I don't know if that answers anything but I hope it helps most important don't do anything without consulting with your doctor
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